"The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position."
by:
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
Source:
George Washington's Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
http://liberty-tree.ca/research/George.Washingtons.Farewell.Address
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We're long over the cliff on this issue already what with the consolidation of FEMA into Homeland Security, the arrogation of powers by the Nixon-esque King George, the consolidation and blurring of intelligence functions, and the usurpation of the function of the Coast Guard to fight abroad. Heil!
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    Man is not prepared to adequately govern himself. For this reason will come God's Kingdom, and that will be that.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    Hmmmmm, God seems to rule the islamic states already. I guess we're next.
     -- Anonymous     
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    God rules Islamic states: And is doing a fine job of it too. Can't WAIT for HIS blessings to arrive here as well.
     -- Harold Levy, Hermosa Beach, CA     
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     -- Anonymous      
    That I could rate the quote with unlimited stars an innumerable times. We hold this truth to self evident as it has been proven through out history over, and over, and over again. Within the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, adding alphabet acronyms to an already omnipotent, omnipresent list of statist alphabet acronyms is overly redundant in proving the above quote. Encroachment into all my conversations, where-abouts, buying habits, medical records, relationships, commercial endeavors, etc., etc., etc. only makes me less safe, less free, less prosperous and less . . .
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Jesus is reported to have said that the Kingdom of God would be in the listeners lifetime. That some would still be alive when it happened. That was 2000 years ago, I suspect that he was wrong.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
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    Some, do try to fish for answers. Washington's gift of, love unfeigned. With out malice in his heart, observation of the human spirit and need to know, his wish was granted. That is genesko in knowing absolute trust in Liberty. A just estimate is a righteous estimate. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind. 1st Tim 1:7. This Sacred Fire, which burns within is Holy, one in the same. Separated out for Gods purpose. The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation, but is within. Perhaps those that do inter into God's rest, should share more of the House. We are called by God's purpose and grace to minister this truth of liberty and freedom, though spoken in a mysterious form, even in the felicity of Washington's words, so pure and well said in due season. Each in their own time. The world is in a state of grace, till the fullness be come in. This fullness is, what is waited for. Liberty and Freedom are for those that take the deal. And has been purposed for all those individuals that would follow, and take the stand around our tree of liberty. Very specific to whom its for. The trappings of life do chock the sparks of light kindled by such flames. As burn in Washington and others, trees in the Garden of the Lord. Psalm 1:3. and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in due season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Jim, The day of the Lord is at hand. And to each man that findeth, it is as hidden treasure. Many more Stars are needed to rate these quotes !
     -- watchman13, USA     
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    jim, Jesus is also reported to have said that His Kingdom is not of this world - hmmm, just one of a myriad of reasons why I suspect your suspicion is inaccurate.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Very much so Mike, we labor unto and are saved unto the Kingdom of God. Except you become as little children, the Lord tells us. Who has turned to the Lord in their times of trouble ? Who may identify themselves in the person of ? Who has been hid in God's pavilion ? In the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Many things were started with King David, many things established. Carry down through the generations, for they endure forever. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Washington liked that word. Almighty. His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Show me a token for good, that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed. because thou, Lord has helped me, and comforted me. God frustrates the tokens of liars, must be a lot of them around ! I know this man watchman thirteen. He speaks with all his heart and tells the truth, the whole truth of the matter. Not of this world is right, his throne is above the heavens, for they cannot contain him. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. We do sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. And he sits at the right hand of God. It is as nothing for the Spirit to be here and there at the same time. The power of an endless life, is the Spirit of liberty and freedom. Luminos, Illuminated. A prize all wish to obtain. But only from a pure heart, honest and humble can this be achieved. You must really care, and love your neighbor, willing to sacrifice all in this world. Set your affections on things above. Where your treasure is their shall your heart be.
     -- Ronald Virgil Pittman, Yachats Oregon USA     
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    Thus, I think it is safe to say that the US government is officially a despotism and has been for nearly a century.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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