The Founders Warned Us About Some One Some Time...Could Be Right About Now.

"The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.
It serves always to distract the public councils and feeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.
It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves with in their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.
If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."

George Washington’s Farewell Address

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Oct 6, 2011

Was He Talking About The One? Were These People Ahead Of Their Time? Did They Look Back Far Enough In History - They Saw Today?

"The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.
It serves always to distract the public councils and feeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.
It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves with in their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism.
If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed."


George Washington’s Farewell Address

12 comments:

Quite Rightly said...

"the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves with in their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. "

The American ideal, but it demands respect for law and a sense of honor, two virtues that seem to be fading fast from the national scene.

Kid said...

There are basic concepts which are in play here imo:

It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection

= Empowering the lazy, unskilled and undeserving among us to want -and now demand- what those of us who are successful through Great Effort have attained.
= cast the tea party/conservatives/constitutionalists to be everything that they aren't, for example racists, sob's, violent, etc.
The libtards become more disjointed by the minute. Their paradoxical ramblings become less with every breath.
The fact that the wall street 'protesters' are occupying 'wall street' illuminates their mindless fascination with cheap parlor tricks. It was Washington DC who gave all Our money, Present and Future - to Wall Street. These idiots should be surrounding the capitol building and the Federal Reserve, but like the children they are, they gravitate to the 'shiny thing' the magician holds to the side. Pathetic.

christian soldier said...

and Pres. Washington also warned us about - (I paraphrase) about getting involved in the affairs of- (what we call today)- Europe---
I want our troops out -let the Germans - et al- handle their own military $$$ out-put ...

Thanks for the heads up that you are posting again-my fellow US history lover...

Carol-CS

They Say/We Say said...

Don't let this one slide--turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.
This jobs bill says if you want a job---rights have to be surrendered. Yes in print! Starting with States and the people respectively.

Trestin said...

These people are the classic useful idiots.

Mizz Anonymous said...

Them were the good ole days.

spreadeaglepatriot said...

I would be suprised if even a handful of the current elected useful idiots have even read this much less understand what it means.
One in particular is still trying to figure out how to keep an entire island from tipping over.
Glad I found your site listed on Carolsblog. I'll add you to my blogroll. Thanks for the post.

They Say/We Say said...

SE, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

They Say/We Say said...

Mizz A, Thanks for the reminder.

WomanHonorThyself said...

and yet they are given rights to destroy..what a country eh!..have a great weekend my friend!:)

They Say/We Say said...

Thanks everyone for coming by, I'll try to post more, there is some pressing projects that have been put off that need to have most of my time for now.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Have an awesome Sunday my friend~! :-)