"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Part II: Wise Words

    Furthermore, there are these words which follow immediately upon those published yesterday, to be considered.  Wherever I go I hear people saying, "Our government is stuck. It isn't working." I believe it. But this is not a result of how it was initially set up. I believe the three branches of government have become too immeshed in partisanship to be able to move.  They were set up to work separately but together. In that instance, if one is stuck, they are all rendered useless.
    Please try to read these words through a general lens, as opposed to the specific lens of whichever party line you espouse.  I will do the same.
      These words come from our first Commander-in-Chief, as our country struggled to stand firmly upon its new legs of liberty and justice. Washington was a very insightful man who took the long view and tried valiantly to set safeguards in place to help ensure the long life of this, his beloved country. It is more than necessary for the people of America to stop their bickering and yelling and be part of the solution; a solution that will not sell sweet lady liberty down the river.

"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 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. 

A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them.

 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." 

 (taken from the Farewell Address of President George Washington)

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