"When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all Power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821. Ref: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, editor H.A. Washington. New York: H.W. Derby, 1861
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historically accurate from research and experience...you can argue it but he lived it.
 -- shannon pinn, lynchburg, virginia     
    Right now I'd say it's worse than the one than the one Jefferson separated from. And going downhill by the minute.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    America is closer to being a banana republic than a Constitutional Republic at this point.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    It has to be awful bad when the IRS reveals an internal scandal in order to take the nations eye off of a worse scandal. Makes you think that there could be some possibilities of revealing criminal activity. To think that letting us know that the last election was not legit (like it was not obvious to informed citizens) is politically less damaging than Benghazi makes you wonder what else there is in that story (Benghazi) that we should know.
     -- warren, olathe     
    There was a reason the federal Capital was restricted to a 10 mile square area -- unfortunately, we have forgotten why...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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