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The Example of Our First President

Posted by DrEdwardHudgins 1 year, 9 months ago to Government
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Happy Presidents Day! Wish all of our presidents would follow the example of George Washington and limit their power.
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  • Posted by  $  kddr22 1 year, 9 months ago
    Best quote of all from the story
    "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master." This is an understanding that too many American citizens and politicians have lost.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 9 months ago
      I would love to see some libertarian think tank make a central task of the following: Some leftists, Progressives, and Sanders supporters who loathe Trump are concerned about what damage he and the GOP Congress might do. Some group should make a key goal of reaching out with the message that America's Founders were right, that the Constitution is a document of limited and enumerated powers, meant to keep governments in check. Whether you love Obama and hate Trump or the other way around, the point is that we have separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and a bill of rights for a reason.
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      • Posted by DrZarkov99 1 year, 9 months ago
        Unfortunately, the Marxists have captured the flag for many formerly rational Democrats, and they have closed minds regarding the rules set down by "racist slave owners." Those who don't ascribe to the belief we should discard the Constitution entirely adhere to the idea of the Constitution as a "living document" that can be interpreted to suit the changing attitudes of unelected jurists, who naturally know what's best for all of us. In the attempt to engage progressives in rational discourse, been there, done that, a waste of time.
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    • Posted by  $  allosaur 1 year, 9 months ago
      That was indeed the best quote. Just awesome!
      Recite that to Harry Reid and me dino bets you'd hear a snarky snicker and feel repulsed by whatever expression appears on his already repulsive face.
      Recite that to, speaking of faces, Botox Pelosi and me dino bets she would stick her nose up in the air and walk away.
      Say that to a Clinton and me dino bets a wish for an arranged accident hit list addition would at least be contemplated.
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  • Posted by Rex_Little 1 year, 9 months ago
    One of those quickie polls that popped up in my email yesterday asked which President I preferred, Washington or Lincoln. I'm deeply disturbed that the results favored Lincoln by about 3 to 2.
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    • Posted by  $  allosaur 1 year, 9 months ago
      Having watched Watter's World, I'm not at all surprised. Deadheads who actually know who "dead presidents" on their money are (with Benjamin Franklin being kinda confusing) would only know that Washington had slaves and that Lincoln freed them.
      What most do not know is that Washington was actually offered the option to be a king instead of a president.
      I can think of politicians today who'd snap that offer up in a heartbeat.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 1 year, 9 months ago
    The painting opposite the president's desk in the Oval Office makes it feel like George Washington is watching the president from the grave. I like that whoever is president has to look at that painting while making big decisions.
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  • Posted by a59430802sojourner 1 year, 9 months ago
    I had a discussion with an attorney about the Constitution being a 'living, fluid' document. I told him the only thing fluid about the Constitution was the ink with which it was written. He didn't have any come back.
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  • Posted by Donald-Brian-Lehoux 1 year, 9 months ago
    John Hanson was chosen unanimously by Congress (which included George Washington). In fact, all the other potential candidates refused to run against him, as he was a major player in the revolution and an extremely influential member of Congress. Some little known history of our government!
    For more info:
    http://www.standingstones.com/8pres.h... But think back to your history books - The United States Declared its independence in 1776, yet Washington did not take office until April 30, 1789. So who was running the country during these initial years of this young country? It was the first eight U. S. Presidents.
    Seven other presidents were elected after him -
    1. Elias Boudinot (1782-83),
    2. Thomas Mifflin (1783-84),
    3. Richard Henry Lee (1784-85),
    4. John Hancock (1785-86),
    5. Nathan Gorman (1786-87),
    6. Arthur St. Clair (1787-88), and
    7. Cyrus Griffin (1788-89) -
    ....all prior to Washington taking office.
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 1 year, 9 months ago
    I saw one recent article opining that Presidents' Day should revert back to its original designation: Washington's Birthday. There are but few Presidents I would lionize, but Washington stands in a place all his own.
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  • Posted by peterchunt 1 year, 9 months ago
    FYI: for your information there is a George Washington Society in Delaware which is toasting at at dinner this Thursday GW. It meets annually for GW’s birthday (Feb 22) and on other occasions.
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