"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521)
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And today the US is being fashioned in European-style socialist tyranny. Washington was truly a great president whose words have obviously been ignored. Most don't even know what a Repblican government even is!
 -- E Archer, NYC     
    Hogwash... "foreign influence" is no more than other human beings seeking to interact with us in civil manners. "No man is an island."
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    The United Nations seems the largest foreign influence currently assaulting our freedom. Using the guise of democracy of getting half to agree that all must now follow will destroy our Republic and lose our liberty.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Great quote and excellent insight by E Archer and Joe. Once again A Reston provides his own proof that he is not a real American, merely a resident by accident of birth leaching off the success of others in a system he does not believe in but is willing to exploit while decrying its unfairness.
     -- helorat, Milton     
     -- Allen, DC      
    The Fabian Society of England broadcast its progressive socialism to advance UK imperialism. Through such Fabian Socialism's foreign influence, policing agencies developed to a most baneful foe of the new Republican form of government. The individual sovereigns of the representative republic believed policing agencies were nothing more than a standing army to fulfill a foreign despot's will (that turned out to be very accurate) Not until after the war between the States were such standing armies placed in every jurisdiction possible. Communism's 10 planks have been implemented to morally harmonize with the rest of the world; while, fascism from Europe has been the outside influence (driving force) that took over administration of the now occupying statist theocracy infesting this land. The Republican form of government referenced by Washington and as guaranteed at Article IV, Section 4 in the Constitution exists no more.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    World political opinion has been running our nation a long-long time.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    This protest we endure is also prophecy, " Edwin Markham ".
    When whirlwinds of rebellion shake all shores ? How will it be with kingdoms and with kings-with those who shaped him to the thing he is- When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world, after the silence of the centuries.
    " The Man with the Hoe "
    The seal is broken, the " headstone " will be brought forth !
    Semper Fi.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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