"But if we are to be told by a foreign Power ... what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
letter to Alexander Hamilton, 8 May 1796, Reference: The Writings of George Washington, Fitzpatrick, ed., vol. 35 (40)
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The statist theocracy that now infests this nation is an unconstitutional foreign power. Once: the Supreme Court legislated that the government no longer represents 'We The People' but is rather an organic hegemony with inherent rights, the executive demonstrated all policing authority and power is to uniquely protect State property with no liability to 'We The People', legislated commercial codes to include all activities - interstate / intrastate / day to day personal activities / , maritime rule as law of the land, all branches enacting and supporting the tyrannical acts of compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, etc. the nationalist government became a foreign despot. "Man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years." (Lysander Spoonner) We have independence, freedom, and liberty to seek once again.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    and when was the Treaty of Peace signed, in 1783 and again in 1785 after the war with France? So this is a letter from, Washington to Hamilton in 1796 do you not see a problem or conflict here?
     -- Anonymous     
  • 4
    Well said, Mike.
     -- jim k, austin     
  • 6
    Couldn't say it any better Mike. I agree.
     -- Anon     
  • 4
    Very well said Mike. I imagine the letter to Hamilton was in response to Hamilton's overwhelming desire to reestablish ties with English banking. I'm just now reading a book called "Hamilton's Curse". He was basically laying the ground work for foreign international bankers to control the US almost as the ink was drying on the Constitution. The man was a bought and pad for traitor. Perhaps the first of many to come...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
  • 5
    Well said Mike, I can see why Jefferson and Hamilton became bitter enemies!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
  • 4
    I'm afraid the reverse is the case in time. Mike and Archer I continued the thread re Aug 14th.
     -- RBESRQ     
  • 1
    Too bad Washington didn't see the dangers of central banking. Today we see it with our Federal Reserve masters and their foreign 'globalist' entities trying to enslave all the nations under the guise of peace with the United Nations and the World Bank/IMF. Well said, Mike.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
  • 3
    I don't see anybody standing up for the Scots and their independence over the Libyan case. If the Americans want to be independent, they should stand up for Scottish independence.
     -- Jack, Brussels (Belgium) - but I'm British !     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    Perhaps that same condition the USA should allow other sovereignties instead of bombing them and killing their citizens.
    Libya and Iraq didn't do what they were told and look what happened. And now they are trying to do the same with Syria. Fortunately, Russia and China are able to cool the dogs of war. Russia and SAA haves been responsible for ridding Syria of terrorists while the West has been funding them.
     -- robert, somewhere inthe USA     
    Obviously Washington new who/what he was dealing with, concerning Hamilton's lobbying for a Foreign Power. Six lending houses within the bank of England, not all sided with Hamilton. A young nation ripe with opportunity and resource, Being divided before the ink dried, yet it was the granting of economic, physical, and spiritual liberty which became the driving force of the American dream, of an Independent wholesome life without England's chains of tyranny through oppression. Agrarianism unprivileged vs Industrialization with corp privilege. A keen sharp edge to Independence was honed through/by Liberty, with Freedom to protect said Liberty. It is no less needed today than it was in the beginning.
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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