"Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the supineness or venality of their constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to show, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
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WOW ! ! ! That I could here comment with stars an innumerable times.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    My Bible was just put online, these words are in our hearts.
     -- Kimo, USA     
    All especially excellent quotations today! You'd think G.W. was a fly on the wall in D.C. today.
     -- Byron, Fort Collins     
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     -- Margie, Niles, MI      
    My favorite Quote by Washington: "Government is not reason, it is not elequonce, it is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servent and a fearful master." Another great saying by I forgot who is this. "No man's life , liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session". To prove both of these quotes just look at the goings on in Washington nowadays.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    What an honor and a blessing for America to have had George Washington. I am ever amazed at his wisdom and eloquence. When was the last time such integrity occupied the highest offices of government?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    JFK was the only US president comparable to GW. He appeared when our government had become so corrupt that it simply could not permit him to continue to exist. Jesse Ventura said "The only avenue still open to us is to never vote for a member of either party in the US." My own approach, much similar to Ventura's, is to never vote at all until the Senate AND the President are eliminated from our government as simply non representative of and non responsible to the people. I would have been among many friends at the first constitutional convention but that was a long and warring time ago
     -- Blue, Valencia,CA     
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