"The executive branch of this government never has,
nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct
of its officers to escape with impunity."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
letter to Gouverneur Morris, 1795
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A very rare individual in a land far, far away, in a time long forgotten
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Boy how times have changed. Will we ever see men like Washington again? Not likely.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    A very Honorable Man indeed. I doubt we will see this with this new presidential administration being sworn in today (1-20-09) .....there is already scandal and illegal and unethical behaviors in some who are being appointed. How I wish we had real men of honor today!!
     -- Michelle, Chippewa Falls     
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    That of course has all changed: "The executive branch of this government has, and will continue to allow, the improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity."
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Obama has had nothing but scoundrels around him all his public life. Doubt he will have it any different as president.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    My goodness, what a lot of Republican whiners commented on this. Lighten up!
     -- Mary, Mobile     
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    president rag-head would probabaly say that this are "just [more] words"! Since he won't even turn over his so-called birth certficate!
     -- ray, Graysville     
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    A land " Far Off " Chosen to receive the blessing of opportunity to establish a " More Perfect Union ". Washington knowing well the foundation of True Liberty brought to light, by Divine Providence over a period of time. History observed, with mention of every fact. A natural progression of logic and reason through observation of nature and man. Hebrew natural law coupled with Greek wisdom, tempered with the salt of ancient Aramaic. All elements are arranged according to number and law. Governments are bound by these laws of nature. Salvation from oppression, promised long ago. " Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgement to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and my arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait on me, and on my arm shall they rust. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be afraid of their revilings." Isaiah 51:4,5,7. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ? chapter 53:1. From generation to generation the story and revealing of salvation goes, and that report is true ! The words echo " Come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord, and I will receive you." Washington stance of Nonintervention is as loud today as when he spoke the words." Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be unto the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." Speaking of Trees in the forest, Washington would have known very well the small circle within the conversation at that time, as is today. Not only is the tree known of its fruit, butt the type of tree can be know. And if a tree in the garden, surly it will know of itself in due season !
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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     -- Mary, MI      
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