"The foundation of our Empire was not laid
in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition,
but at an Epoch when the rights of mankind
were better understood and more clearly defined,
than at any former period."
by:
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
Source:
Circular to the States, 1783, Ref: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (379)
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That's a joke - we are still a long way from that ideal - if we turn into a theocracy we will never get there.
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    Yes, a grand foundation... too bad the ongoing maintenance hasn't been handled as well...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    From Washington's absoulute spoken truth, the nation has stedily declined in liberty. Since secularism has become the national establishment of religion by default Supreme Court legislation, the theocracy of man has shown its true ignorance and superstition.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    It is true that at the time of the American Revolution, the 'rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined'; however, Ignorance and Superstition still have a mighty hold on mankind.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Ignorance and superstition certainly have a hold on this country, as well as the rest of the world. Vestiges of Puritanism are still evident with this insane War on Drugs. We have made some progress since we stopped burning witches at the stake but we have a long way to go.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    So eloquent a way to point a finger at that gloomy age of ignorance and superstition ( Dark ages ) and how many were burned at the stake at ( her hand ),mother church, in those times. Probably talking about liberty and freedom ! That's why they were burned. Get the picture ? Two main groups landed from the old world, us and our enemies. And she, our enemy being the good trappers they are, have sought to enslave the whole world sense they started. Under the cloak of religion. If we can't get them out we will breed them out. Have you noticed that the trend is for males to marry sovereign females of our nation and not the other way around. Old ways of emigrational over throw. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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    Sorry, watchman, you lost me half way through your post. While I understand your zeal, you sound like one of those homeless guys with signs 'The End Is Near' -- talk about the gloom of religious superstition. Perhaps a little less old-English prophecy might make your posts a bit more understandable. Who are the 'sovereign females' and why is 'her house the way to hell'? Please just straight talk, not this sack cloth and ashes stuff.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Sorry Archer, Our daughters marry into the emigrational overflow that has been taking place the past twenty years or so. For most of the emigrants and their religious baggage, they pollute the minds of those they marry. But with such a temptation placed in front of impoverished women and the emigrant given so much favor. We see they wish to marry those that have the favor. ( her ) being the trapper is the largest denominational religious system on the planet. Our daughters are not the trapper but those that are trapped.
    Therefore the breakdown of the family unit of our design is broken down. The most powerful influence on the planet is the faith an individual has and the ability of some to move it.
    If you follow the way of socialism and state rule the end result will be death to the individual and the nation.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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    The end is near when you see the competition slip in the back door and take away your livelihood. All the while being sanctioned by the federal government.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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