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First Principles: The Spirit of Encroachment Tends To Consolidate Power In Government Into Despotism

“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.” — George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796    

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First Principles: It Is Essential That Public Opinion Be Enlightened

“In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796      

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First Principles: Guard Against the Impostures of False Patriotism

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington (1796)    

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First Principles: The Power of the People To Establish Government Presupposes the Duty of Individuals To Be Good Citizens

“The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796 You may read the entirety of this address … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Way to Modify Government Is Through Amendment

“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 … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Washington’s Farewell Address – George Washington

There are contradictory reports of when George Washington’s Farewell Address was first published.  I will stick with the date being September 15, 1796 until I can confirm otherwise.  This is the date I have read previously.  The second date I … Continue reading

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