Heed Founders' wisdom

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Our nation is truly at a crossroad in many senses of the word. Our leaders at all levels of government, as well as those of us who put them in office, would do well to read and heed the wise words of George Washington contained in his 1796 “Farewell Address.” Among many points made in this document, three stand out.

First, he voices strong words against the dangers of political factions and parties. He warns the “spirit of party” is not to be encouraged, “lest instead of warming, it should consume.” How true this is today with our dysfunctional, paralyzed Congress.

Secondly, Washington draws a clear connection between political prosperity, religion and morality. Listen to his words: “And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” Those in our country who promote freedom “from” religion would do well to read these words.

Lastly, Washington offers a strong caution regarding public debt. He states, “As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible ... avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt ... . The executions of these maxims belongs to your representatives, but it is necessary that public opinion should cooperate.” He reminds that debt can be settled only by tax revenues and he points out that “no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.”

It is a true tragedy that many of our elected leaders seem not to be acquainted with the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. It is likewise a tragedy that our public education process does so little to advance this understanding.

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 12:31 am
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“First, he voices strong

“First, he voices strong words against the dangers of political factions and parties. He warns the “spirit of party” is not to be encouraged, “lest instead of warming, it should consume.” How true this is today with our dysfunctional, paralyzed Congress.”

It's all well and good to warn against the “spirit of party” if both parties are willing to heed the warning. And railing against “dysfunctional congress” sounds too much like pop-bandwagon opinion.

When is the last time our government actually cut spending? Waiting, waiting.... The answer is.... NEVER in our life time. There was that one time when they almost cut the rate of growth... almost...

chascushman
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chascushman 01/02/13 - 07:33 am
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The repubs are bad enough but
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The repubs are bad enough but Marxist, socialist have taken over the democrat party., led by the commie in the WH.

Techfan
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Techfan 01/02/13 - 08:50 am
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Pompous, vitriolic,

Pompous, vitriolic, imbecilic, unlettered theocrats have taken over the Republican party. Unfortunately, they seem to become more so as days go by. Suppose you were a right winger. And suppose you don't understand the definition of Marxist or socialist. But I repeat myself. (Thanks SLC)

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RMSHEFF 01/02/13 - 09:03 am
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“Those who fail to learn from

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Sir Winston Churchill. We came out of slavery and gained freedom and a few generations later, headed back into slavery. The plan is almost complete.

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soapy_725 01/02/13 - 09:44 am
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The War Between the States freed no one.
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It took freedom from all, north and south. It enlarged the scope of federal control of all citizens. Those who belonged to individuals became wards of the federal government. The plantation continues to grow, but under a new master. Chains of iron became chains of total life dependence and monetary control.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 10:03 am
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Techfan,

I actually agree with you this time! Add “traitorous” to your list and it will almost be complete.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 10:19 am
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Techfan, I think it is you

Techfan,

I think it is you who does not understand the definition of Marxist or socialist. No matter the semantics over how each system is supposed to work, the end result is the same, a statist form of government. A form of government that history has shown to be the most brutal; committing the most egregious crimes against humanity.

And to think, there are some in this very country who believe our government doesn’t have enough power.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 01/02/13 - 10:40 am
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Young Fred

Young Fred is correct. Those that usher in Marxism or socialism sell it one the basis of fairness and equality. They, of course, are the "white knights" that will ride in on white horses and make everything equal and even. The fact is that things will be less equal in their system. The middle class goes away. This always leaves only 2 classes, them and the rest of us. In England today less than 1/4 of the people own the apartment they live in. Over 75% are renters and therefore have nothing to pass on to their children. You will see this trend began in America soon. In 20 years the "American dream" for most will be something people read about in history books.

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dichotomy 01/02/13 - 11:03 am
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Anyone who is not absolutely

Anyone who is not absolutely scared to death at the thought of our nation's debt in relation to our revenue and GDP is an idiot.

And Techfan.....Pompous, vitriolic, imbecilic, ruling class communists have taken over the Democratic party and the White House....so what's your point. Since you always seem to have something totally irrelevant to say, what is your solution to the $20 trillion dollar debt problem. Got anything intelligent and pertinent to say.....for once?

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Humble Angela 01/02/13 - 12:29 pm
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I love how techfan uses
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I love how techfan uses "pompous" and "unlettered" in his name calling rant. I'm overwhelmed by the irony.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/02/13 - 03:07 pm
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You will not see techfan say

You will not see techfan say anything intelligent or pertinent. You will only see them get on here, take a few cheap shots and then leave. Using exactly ZERO rational logic, just spewing falsehoods and wrongful allegations. Typical of the leftists today.

But I must agree with another poster on here, the plan is almost complete. Boy are people like this going to be EXTREMELY sorry, very soon.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 03:29 pm
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Techfan, is a figment of my

Techfan, is a figment of my imagination.

Either that or he/she is getting paid to ramp up activity on the boards.

I refuse to believe that anyone would actually hold those views. Maybe I’m fooling myself, maybe militant leftist who believe their own rhetoric, actually exist… better than Hollywood and more believable!.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/02/13 - 04:29 pm
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Our "leaders" on the right..........

Our leaders on the right are a bunch of weakling, spineless, self-serving egomaniacs. I'm so sick of the posturing from the right, then doing absolutely NOTHING. They've been saying for months they would not vote for any tax increases without major spending cuts. They can't even stick to their own words. Boehner and Ryan make me sick to my stomach now. They are spineless to say the least. Where are the strong representatives from the right?

In this fiscal bill they signed, it gives 238 million to Hollywood for making movies in the US. Are you telling me Hollywood needs money to make movies? Where is this money actually going?

331 Million goes to the railroads to maintain their tracks. Are you serious? The railroad industry is one of the richest industries in the Country. Do they really need taxpayer money to maintain their tracks?

222 Million goes to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for producing RUM and shipping it here. Excuse me??? Isn't alcohol production a private industry where people are in it to make profit? Wouldn't shipping their PRODUCT over here be a business expense? Why can't they pay their own business expenses? Why are taxpayers paying such a price, for them to ship their alcohol over here? What about us that don't drink RUM, are we being represented honestly?

Then 58 Million goes to the Algae farmers for them to, well..........farm algae. Again, I'm not sure why they can't pay their own expenses for farming algae.......but ok.

So, nice job republicans. This bill didn't have a single dime of spending cuts, increases the taxes on 77% of Americans, increases our debt 4 trillion, filter's money to people who are already uber rich and we are suppose to like this?

I'm completely fed up with these pathetic weak spined politicians. The leftists are as corrupt and you could possibly imagine, the right has no spine or are in bed with the left. While Americans continue to get screwed and they laugh in our face and mock us. I can NOT wait until Christ returns to throw EVERY one of these so called "Leaders" out on their behinds. Because it appears this is the only thing going to save us. With these type leaders, we have no chance of sanity during this dispensation of time. They will NEVER hold another position of leadership again.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/02/13 - 04:33 pm
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@Young Fred

Yes, there are many people that hold those ridiculous views. Trust me, I get to meet them often.

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Jane18 01/02/13 - 04:38 pm
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Spoiled, Bratty Children

Hey myfather15, remember, GOD told us our leaders would have the minds of children.....no common sense!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 04:51 pm
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“Our leaders on the right are

“Our leaders on the right are a bunch of weakling, spineless, self-serving egomaniacs. I'm so sick of the posturing from the right, then doing absolutely NOTHING. They've been saying for months they would not vote for any tax increases without major spending cuts…”

Wow, or hooray, or however you wish to spell it out!

Let me see if I can add a few… yellow bellied, simpering, let us down, good for nothing….

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 06:36 pm
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MyFather... Shhhhhh........ Y

MyFather...

Shhhhhh........

You have no “couth”. Or let me put it another way by bringing forth these unfortunate truths, you've become “uncouth”.

Just how many in today's voting republic actually understand what has just happenend? Some will listen to the six o'clock news and actually believe they're informed. Some will pick up tommorrow's paper, peruse the headlines, and they will feel informed.

I don't know which is worse (deserves more contempt)? Those that make no attempt at becoming informed, or those that make a half-arrzzed attempt!

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LillyfromtheMills 01/02/13 - 06:39 pm
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Worst part is

it's going to get worse! He's in control - he hates America and is going to punish us all for his perceived injustices we have inflicted on him. He is a pompous ____ , a Muslim and a socialist - God help us all - we are going down

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CobaltGeorge 01/02/13 - 06:45 pm
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LillyfromtheMills

Read my link on another thread.

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Willow Bailey 01/02/13 - 08:57 pm
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They are Taxing and Spending,

They are Taxing and Spending, like the goal is to bankrupt America!
With these types of tactics, no wonder they are obsessed with gun control. There are many other things that come to mind, but I don't want a visit from the SS.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/03/13 - 12:23 am
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Willow

You are exactly correct. They are taxing us to death, spending us to death and then planning to disarm us. Everything they do is to weaken this Country and make others stronger. Equaling the playing field as Obama would probably call it. They think they have this master plan that's going to work, and it will, for a while. Just like a certain another entity in history that thought his plan would work. His plan was to overtake God and become god. They have obviously have not considered the fact that God is still in control.

Yes, I know God is still in control. But I'm not one of these people who believe that because of this fact, I should just be oblivious to what is going on around us. I absolutely KNOW we have the ultimate victory. But I also know we should be standing strong during this dispensation of time, not lying down and letting the liberals run over us. Political correctness has removed the spine from most decent Christian Conservative people.

Talking about removing the spine by political correctness; Heres a deeper Bible lesson for those who will.

Revelation 9:5 "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."

This isn't a physical torment, as you can clearly states they can't kill us. A good lesson would be to learn what happens when a scorpion stings it's prey. A scorpion injects it's digestive fluid into it's victim when it stings them. The digestive process has began even before the scorpion consumes it's prey. The digestive fluid they inject into their pray, dissolves their preys spine, softing the spine and bones so the scorpion can more easily eat and digest it's prey. Their victim is liquified and basically turned into a ball of mush. Then the scorpion sucks the liquid into it's stomach to consume it. The indigestable parts are cast aside.

This is the locust army being spoke of here. Bascially, those who work for Satan. They are stinging people like a scorpion stingeth a man; Melting their spines. Melting peoples spines with political correctness. Think about it, it makes perfect sense as does God's word all the time when you know His Truth.

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