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[Each man must] have ... a sufficient musket or other serviceable peece for war ... for himself and each man servant he keeps able to bear arms. Guns & Gun Control
… in time of peace armies are dangerous to liberty …. the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it. Military & Veterans
… the happiness of the people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend on piety, religion, and morality …. These cannot be diffused through a community but by the institution of the public worship of God …and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion and morality. Religion & God
… the sole end of government is the protection and security of the people; whenever therefore that power which was originally instituted to effect these important and valuable purposes is employed to harass and enslave the people, … it becomes a curse rather than a blessing. Management & Managing Government
A body politic is a social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution, … are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government. The people ought, consequently, to have a particular attention to all those principles, in the choice of their officers and representatives: and they have a right to require of their lawgivers and magistrates an exact and constant observance of them, in the formation and execution of the laws necessary for the good administration of the commonwealth. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
All men are born free and equal.
Body of Liberties Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Boys and girls playing together: 4 lashes Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Considering the utter impracticability of their ever being fully and equally represented in Parliament, and the great expense that must unavoidably attend even a partial representation there [in England], this House think that a taxation of their constituents, even without their consent, grievous as it is, would be preferable to any representation that could be admitted for them there. Taxes
Every male person, being twenty-one years of age, and resident in any particular town in this Commonwealth for the space of one year next preceding, having a freehold estate within the same town, of the annual income of three pounds, or any estate of the value of sixty pounds, shall have a right to vote … Voters, Voting & Elections
Every person within this jurisdiction, whether inhabitant or foreigner, shall enjoy the same justice and law that is general for the plantation, which we constitute and execute one toward another without partiality or delay. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Every subject of the Commonwealth ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs which he may receive in his person, property, or character. He ought to obtain right and justice freely, and without being obliged to purchase it; completely, and without any denial; promptly, and without delay; Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Evil communication, wicked, profane, impure, filthy and obscene songs, composures, writings or print corrupt the mind and are all incentive to all manner of impurities and debaucheries. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
In order to prevent those, who are vested with authority, from becoming oppressors, the people have a right, at such periods and in such manner as they shall establish by their frame of government, to cause their public officers to return to private life; and to fill up vacant places by certain and regular elections and appointments. Voters, Voting & Elections
In the government of this Commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them: The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: The judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. Intergovernmental Relations
Incite the Natives of the Country to the Knowledg and Obedience of the onlie true God and Savior of Mankinde, and the Christian Fayth Religion & God
It is a maxim that in every Government, there must exist, somewhere a Supreme, Sovereign, absolute, and uncontrollable Power; But this Power resides, always in the body of the People, and it never was, or can be delegated, to one Man, or a few. Policy & Policy Making ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
It is the right and duty of all men publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being. Religion & God
No man’s life shall be taken away, no man’s honor or good name shall be stained, no man’s person shall be arrested, restrained, banished, dismembered or in any way punished … unless it be by virtue of equity of some express law of the Country. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
No person should suffer … without being brought to answer by due course and process of law Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
No Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Coroner, Constable, Jailor, or other officer of this Commonwealth, shall hereafter arrest or detain, or aid in the arrest and detention or imprisonment, in any jail or any other building belonging to this Commonwealth, or to any county, city, or town thereof, of any person for the reason that he is claimed as a fugitive slave Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No subject ought, in any case, or in any time, to be declared guilty of treason or felony by the legislature. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No subject ought, in any case, or in any time, to be declared guilty of treason or felony by the legislature. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Peace under Liberty. Slogans & Mottoes
Resolved that the present war ... was unconstitutionally commenced by the order of the President ... and that it is now waged by a powerful nation against a weak neighbor ... at immense cost of treasure and life.... That such a war of conquest, so hateful in its objects, so wanton, unjust and unconstitutional in its origin and character, must be regarded as a war against freedom, against humanity, against justice. War & Peace
The body-politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals: It is a social compact, by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. It is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a Constitution of Government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation, and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.
The military power shall always be held in exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it. Guns & Gun Control
The people have a right to keep and bear arms. Guns & Gun Control
To give a particular account of the ravages of the British troops as they retreated … would be very difficult if not impractical; let it suffice to say that a great number of the houses on the road were plundered and rendered unfit for use, several were burnt, women in child-bed were driven by the soldiers naked into the streets, old men peaceably in their houses were shot dead, and such scenes exhibited as would disgrace the annals of the most uncivilized nations. War & Peace
Whereas there is a pernicious sect, (commonly called Quakers.) lately risen, who by word and writing have published and maintained many dangerous and horrid tenets, and do take upon them to change and alter the received laudable customs of our nation, in giving civil respect to equals, or reverence to superiors, whose actions tend to undermine the civil government, and also to destroy the order of the churches, by denying all established forms of worship, and by withdrawing from orderly church-fellowship, allowed and approved by all orthodox professors of the Truth, and instead thereof, and in opposition thereunto, frequently meeting themselves, insinuating themselves into the minds of the simple, or such as are least affected to the order and government of church and commonwealth, hereby divers of our inhabitants have been infected, notwithstanding all former laws, made upon tile experience of their arrogant and bold obtrusions, to disseminate their principles among us, prohibiting their coming in this jurisdiction, they have not been deterred from their impetuous attempts to undermine our peace, and hazard our ruin. Discrimination & Prejudice
There shall never be any bond slavery, villeinage, nor captivity among us, unless it be lawful captives, taken in just wars, and such strangers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us, and these shall have all the liberties and Christian usages which the law of God established in Israel requires. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade

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