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A President with No Political Party

September 8th, 2012

In today’s day and age, it’s unfathomable that someone could be elected President of the United States without any kind of political party affiliation — but that’s exactly what happened when George Washington took over!

Oh, sure, back in Washington’s days, there was plenty of political debate.  However, it was restricted to beer halls and assembly houses — and it was on a much smaller scale.  People had their own independent opinions about how the country should be run, but they weren’t part of any kind of political party.  Even when Washington was re-elected in 1793, he still didn’t have a political party attached to his name.

And that’s just how he wanted it!

In fact, Washington HATED the idea of political parties.  He was afraid that they would grow too powerful and, as a result, damage the country as a whole.  Washington thought that a young America couldn’t withstand political opponents trying to exact revenge on one another (and, to him, that’s all political parties were about — getting revenge on your enemies).  He thought political parties would be a distraction to the government — or, worse, that they would lead to people losing their freedoms.

Right before Washington left office, he made sure to let Americans know exactly what he thought of political parties — in hopes that they wouldn’t take over after he was gone.  In his farewell speech, Washington said, “…the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of the party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”

Wonder what Washington would think of today’s political climate?!

When Did We Lose the Cherry Tree?

August 27th, 2012

It’s a story that’s been told for centuries…

Little George Washington (then just six years-old) was playing with a hatchet, when he cut down his father’s favorite cherry tree. When his father asked him who killed the tree, Washington replied, “I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie!”

As we all know, little George grew up to be our first President, and this story set a high standard for America’s leaders to strive for.
But look at what we’ve got today:

– Republicans in Congress crying foul over U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s alleged refusal to turn over documents in response to a subpoena over Operation Fast and Furious.

– Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geitner, who didn’t pay Social Security or Medicare taxes from 2001-2004. He paid $34,000 in back taxes before being confirmed to lead the IRS’ hunt for tax-evaders.

– Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said she was never briefed on the CIA’s use of waterboarding back in 2002. However, the former CIA counterterrorism chief claims to have proof (in a classified government cable) about when and where she was told about what was going on.

It’s not just Democrats who are in hot water, and it’s not a recent development, either. After lying about the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon is still the only U.S. President to ever resign.

More recently, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison for money laundering, after he used a political action committee to send donations to Texas House candidates.

Examples like these make you wonder… when exactly was it that we lost sight of the cherry tree?

 

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