George Washingtons Vision

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by MondoTrader, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. It is a historical fact that George Washington reported having a mystical experience during the revolutionary war. His account is stored in the Library of Congress. This isn't national enquirer crap.
  2. msfe


    In his farewell address, Washington spoke of several avenues of tyranny, including selfish ambition (with pretended patriotism) collusion of powers, usurpation and precedence of usurpation, debt, foreign influence, and rank party politics.

    As for collusion of powers, he warned, "The habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves within 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 the departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism."

    On usurpation, he warned, "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. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield."