What does that mean?
It was George Washington’s idea.
In his Farewell Address to Congress in 1796, after serving two terms as President, the “Father Of Our Nation” warned Americans to never let political parties dominate our national life. Heedless of his warning, we went and did just that.
Today, everything in politics revolves around two opposing political parties, the Republicans and Democrats. As a result, our nation is fast becoming paralyzed, unable to agree on or accomplish anything. Our political parties and their constant bickering have worn us out.
Many Americans are no longer able to read the words and phrases below that were eloquent even for Washington’s times. Read them slowly, for understanding. Down through the ages, George Washington’s wisdom and intelligence – and his predictions about what would happen if political parties came to control our government – shine through with clarity and truth.
Here is President George Washington’s advice on political parties for Americans of the future, excerpted from his famed Farewell Address:
. . . They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.
However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. 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.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble 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 finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
Those words, from the great general who led our American Revolution to success, from the President who guided us to stability out of the chaos of the War for Independence, are the essence of the apolitical campaign to Vote American. I’m Joe Shea, founder of the Vote American campaign. We can’t expect to have much impact on the 2010 mid-term elections, when the Republicans are expected to take back control of the House of Representatives, and possibly the U.S. Senate, from Democrats.
Regardless of which party you may now support, it is our greater obligation as Americans to put our genuine personal and national interest ahead of all other considerations and political parties. I believe that when I cast my vote, I should do so to secure my rights and my heritage as an American, and to preserve those rights and that heritage for all of my countrymen forever. I hope you feel the same way.
Those I choose to vote for should be those who would not try to alter our Constitution, to change or diminish our personal and national freedoms, who are honest and hard-working, and who share my views about always putting our country first and political parties second. Many would claim to do that now, but how often do they vote against the party line?
In reality, while there may be an occasional exception, most of our elected Congressmen and Senators vote with their party almost all of the time, and only rarely vote with the interests of the entire nation first.
Please join me this year and always in putting America – not a political party – first in your thoughts when you vote. That way, we will restore the true source of leadership to our nation: the people, not the party.
To read Washington’s Farewell Address in its entirety, click here.
For more information about the Vote American campaign, and to help spread this message, write: Vote American, 4119 61st Ave. Ter. W., Unit 305C, Bradenton, FL 34210.
A remarkable new energy source from fractional hydrogen will allow a gallon of ordinary water to become the energy equivalent of 200 barrels of oil
TESTING VALIDATES HYDRINO THEORY
by Joe Shea
BRADENTON, Fla., Dec. 18, 2010 — A remarkable new energy source from fractional hydrogen will allow a gallon of ordinary water to become the energy equivalent of 200 barrels of oil, a team of physicists working near the onetime laboratories of Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein is saying.
“With further optimization,” Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., says, “there is no doubt that this technology will present an economically viable and environmentally benign alternate to meet global energy needs. If advanced to commercialization, it would be one of the most profound developments ever.”
The method of electricity production allows the fuel to reproduce itself by diverting part of the energy output to a catalyst that is then regenerated so fuel is only needed once. Using the process, about 10 100-watt bulbs could be lit 24 hours a day for a penny.
Hydrogen atoms of water can release an enormous amount of energy. Now BlackLight is promising an engine technology aimed at driving a car 5,000 miles on a gallon of water.
And if solar flares over the next 10 years have the power to blackout thousands of homes, as the National Oceanography and Atmospheric Administration has warned, the distributed power of the new cells could keep America lit up.
New American Atheists Billboard, Editors behaving badly, Embarrassed TSA goes after whistle-blowing pilot & much more
“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
The American Atheists billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel: Got more than its money’s worth of publicity over the past month
Corporations take millions of acres in Africa, displacing farmers: In countries throughout Africa, farmers are being displaced at an increasing pace as their land is being bought by or leased to multinational corporations at nominal prices. The United Nations and World Bank support the large-scale land acquisitions , arguing that, if done “equitably,” the practice could help boost worldwide food security by increasing productivity.
Editors behaving badly: The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired – For more than six months, Wired‘s Senior Editor Kevin Poulsen has possessed — but refuses to publish — the key evidence in one of the year’s most significant political stories: the arrest of U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning for allegedly acting as WikiLeaks’ source.
Embarrassed TSA goes after whistle-blowing pilot: He posts YouTube videos of security loopholes at SFO, and instead of remedying them, the agency attacks him.
Freedom of Expression must be respected in Wikileaks debate: In the wake of Wikileaks’ recent publications of U.S. diplomatic cables, some lawmakers have attacked newspapers’ rights to report on the information in those documents. Other government officials have cast doubt on Americans’ right to download, read, or discuss documents published by Wikileaks and even the news reporting based on those documents. Rash legislation was proposed that could limit the free speech of news reporting organizations well beyond Wikileaks. In the open letter sent Wednesday, 30 groups, including New Media Rights, urged lawmakers to remember and respect constitutional rights as Congress continues to discuss the issues at stake.
World Has Had Enough Of U.S. Imperialism: Michael Hudson concludes here with the observation that “Now that foreigners are essentially saying, we don’t want any more dollars, we’re not going to fund your deficit, all of a sudden they think: who’s going to fund the deficit if not foreign central banks? The answer is: American labor, the American middle class and working families are going to fund it, not the military.” The rest of the world has had enough of financing it’s own encirclement and subjugation by the U.S. military.
Old Fat White Conservative Christian acting like Royalty, nothing new: Corpulent unreconstructed good ol’ boy Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour apparently has a “state plane” that he uses to fly to football games with corporate executives, Politco reports today.
Internal security documents show the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating: Despite Obama’s claims to the contrary.
Education for We, the People or For Private Profit? Progressives believe that a We, the People economy works best when we act as a community where “we are all in this together,” and watch out and take care of each other. We mutually benefit from this approach: the better off we all are, the better off we all are. Conservatives, on the other hand, believe we should all be on our own, looking out for only ourselves and our families, and it is up to each of us, alone, to take “personal responsibility” for our own success.
U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations: Despite sanctions and trade embargoes, over the past decade the United States government has allowed American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other countries blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Prison Populism? Tea Party Populists Keep the Races Divided for the Benefit of the Rich: Glen Beck and other right-wing manipulators are great at inflaming Tea Party-types against natural alliances across skin-color-lines thus sacrificing their self-interest in furtherance of economic interests sought by the wealthy who hold all outside their class strata with contempt. Since 99 percent of Tea Party faithful are not wealthy, they are targeted for contempt by the wealthy as surely as are the blacks and other minorities that many Tea Party members hold in contempt.
Repeal the USA Patriot Act:This is a six-part series of articles on the USA Patriot Act [Also known as House Resolution 3162, a local copy is available on ratical]: “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism.” This Act, passed in response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country, was passed hastily and in a time of fear. It affects all of us in some very basic and important ways.
Fighting Hate and Honoring all our friends and Family stolen from because of hate teachers and their followers…and supporters
December 25, 2010
Muslim arrested for hate crime on King County Metro bus, “In my country, we kill faggots,” and “I’m going to suicide, and everybody is going down with me; I’m not going alone.”
December 26, 2010
Two men found MURDERED inside Wilton Manors house Sunday Police search for victims’ vehicle: a 2003 Saturn Vue
December 26, 2010
Austin, TX Another Gay Bashing: A shocking HATE CRIME!
26 Dec, 2010 when 5 motorists drove by yelling “faggot” at he and friends. Then the 5 men jumped out of their vehicle and took turns beating both he and one of his friends while several people stood and watched.
December 27, 2010
A man allegedly beaten up by men who told him they didn’t want gays in their Lower Valley neighborhood Full story link below
A man accused of slapping a woman who, according to police documents, he said didn’t count because she was gay after she defended a female friend in the Cincinnati Avenue Entertainment District. Aaron Levar Haynes, 32, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after an assault charge was reduced because the victim was unavailable for trial, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said.
El Paso hate crimes few, but gays are majority of victims
One LGBT murder every 9 days …one “Gay” Bashing every 6 hours … in America!
What’s a LGBT person’s life worth, who gets stolen from us because they were brave enough to break free from the Cage (Closet) of shame and fear and are murdered for it?
It’s time to Honor and Remember all our BRAVE and Courage’s Family and Friends who got stolen from us because hate. They would probably still be alive if they would have stayed in the CAGE (closet)…But they didn’t… They are our HEROES and need to be Remember for standing up to hate and for having a GAY TARGET on their back!
We fight Hate together … or we die alone at the hands of hate!