"I had always hoped that this land might become a safe
and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted
part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
1788, letter to Francis Van der Kamp
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oops, that's going the otherway
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It's become an asylum, alright! ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    OK for US to be an example, but they need to practice our example in their own nations.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    We need more of those virtuous ones and need to ship the illegals, the tax cheats, the capitalist thugs that ship our jobs overseas, overseas.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    "Hoped" be the operative verb. Oh, yes, lets get to Jamestown and take the Indians land - this country was founded on genocide and we have the nerve to talk about illegal aliens - what crap.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Nice quote, but from a slave owner.
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
    Waffler, I love it, such huge numbers of capitalists, anti-slavery / larceny patriots and virtuous individuals have been driven out by your statist theocracy that the US's GNP is made up of less manufacturing than at any time in its history. Your ilk and, the rest of the Keynesian economic patrons have assured an economic collapse and a future of violence for this once prosperous, peace loving people that created a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I did not mean to drive out the industry Mike but the capitalists who have taken the industry away. And are you saying here that you want more pro-slavery people to live here, and RBESRQ wants more illegals to live here. Do I see clearly what you are saying, it certainly would be the first time.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler, you are the illegal; we took the land from those who we now call illegal - where are your morals?
     -- RBESRQ     
    This is an EXCELLENT quote from the HONORABLE Washington. Being a "slave" owner does not disqualify it. I am now a TAX PAYER SLAVE! I am sure his "slaves" were probably better off than me in many ways AND almost assuredly than their brothers in Africa.
     -- Michael,, Sacramento     
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