"That frequent recurrence to fundamental principles, and a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty, and keep government free. The people ought, therefore, to pay particular attention to these points, in the choice of officers and representatives, and have a right to exact a due and constant regard to them, from their legislators and magistrates, in the making and executing such laws as are necessary for the good government of the State."
Article 16
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He that forgets history is doomed to relive it. I love the thought that those fundamental principles of liberty keep raising their head even though man keeps trying to educate and legislate them out of existence.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    We the People need to get off our asses and exercise our right to "exact a due and constant regard" to fundamental principles. The problem is that too few people know what those principles are!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The Vermont constitution's first article outlaws slavery in Vermont. These words set the foundation for the tolerance and moderation that, for the most part, have characterized Vermont's communities and politics. I am proud to be a native Vermonter!
     -- Stan, Richmond     
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    "Freedom is the absence of legislation"---Merrill Jenkins, Monetary Realist (1919-1979) author of 7 books. The first was "Money", The Greatest
    Hoax On Earth" 42 years out-of-print but still available on Amazon.com. Free on the web find "Free Money" to sample his writing.
     -- John Wilson, Memphis     
    Strange. I understand that Vermont is a heavily legislated and high tax state as compared to it's neighbor New Hampshire.
     -- cal, Lewisville, Texas     
     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Ronw13, ID      
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