"No government is respectable which is not just. Without unspotted
purity of public faith, without sacred public principle, fidelity,
and honor, no machinery of laws, can give dignity to political society."
Daniel Webster
(1782-1852) US Senator
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I like it, we hold this truth to be self evident
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It seems that we have reached a point where most of our citizens expect politicians to lie, especially when they are running for office. We then forgive and forget and reelect them many times if they are good enough to send enough pork our way. By doing this we have come all the way from George Washington to Barack Obama which shows how far down the rabbit hole we have gone.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    So true Jim K. We started with the best and now have the worst.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Time out for some balance here! I think Obama is great! Now I don't generally like his disagreement with the Arizona protocol on illegal immigration but his brilliance, his presence of mind, of knowing where he is and what he is doing at any given time, his communication skills, are so far and above what we have seen in late twentieth century Presidents with the exception of Bill Clinton that he qualifies for an unqualified GREAT classification. As for the admirable George Washington he left office not having all of the admiration that we now give him. Sort of like Harry Truman.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    President (Obama) Empty-Suit, lived up to his name yesterday, at the press conference. He spoke for an hour and said nothing...a PERFECT example of his "communication" skills.
     -- F. M. SWEENEY, Hamilon On.     
    A government would have to be something we have not seen since the 1700's...Noble. And sadly the very worst of the lot is now in power not only as an imposter but through a complete fraud. Prepare folks, The Kenyan Idiot is trying to deliver us into globalism. It's Treason.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    I like "no machinery of laws, can give dignity to political society." LOL, Waffler, are we supposed to be surprised? Obama a great speaker? -- he is the first president to NEVER appear without a teleprompter - even in elementary schools! He held his first press conference in 308 days yesterday -- as a candidate he talked of having a press conference every month along with 'transparency.' The only thing transparent are his real intentions. And as Sweeney says, he (and Clinton) can talk for hours without truly saying anything -- that is a politician for you. Slick Willy and Scripted Barack have mastered the art of oral defecation...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- RBESRQ      
    you should put the quotes in the Sunday funnies so the Obama followers might read them
     -- thethinker, Phoenix     
    All too true -- which is why there never has been, nor ever can be, a respectable government.
     -- Laura, NY, NY     
    In my political value system the oratorical skill ranks high. Someone has said "as a man speaks so goes his mind" his ability to think and reason. Thus Lincoln is considered by many to have been our Greatest President, guys like Winston Churchill are also revered for this quality. Obama may be among them. Read and listen to his Philadelphia campaign speech conerning race. Cudos to Archer for some refreshing honesty, and two thumbs down to Cal for his repetition of lines concerning Our Presidents place of birth.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Sincerity, ranks very high, in my political value system. High marks, in this category, to Lincoln and Churchill. Failing grade to the Wind Bag and Chief...
     -- F. M. Sweemey, Hamilton On.     
    With out respect for the common man, there is no justice in society or politics. And is only wasted time in a starving and enslaved mans eyes. Grow what you can and trade for what you need are good old ways that feed and cloth and give shelter to the common man and wealth to the community. To say we have not the ability is a lie. Rural wealth is good wealth. Ecc 5 : 8,9,10,11,12,13. Our heart land across the nation was once filled with the right life stiles. When we were on the small farms and plantations being self-suffiecent. trading among our selves being at liberty.
     -- Ron, Salem     
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