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Arbitrary power is…

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, 1848 by Johannes Adam Oertel (Collection of the NY Historical Society) “It is only in our united Character as an Empire, that our Independence is acknowledged, that our power can be regarded, or our Credit supported among Foreign Nations. The Treaties of the European Powers with the United States of America, will have no validity on a dissolution of the Union. We shall be left nearly in a state of Nature, or we may find by our own unhappy experience, that there is a natural and necessary progression, from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.” George Washington

Read: George Washington’s Circular to the States

Recent News: Long-Toppled Statue of King George III to Ride Again

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Letters


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And by teaching…

"Storming of a British Redoubt by American Troops at Yorktown" by Eugene-Louis Lami

And by teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience and those resulting from the inevitable exigencies of Society; to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness, cherishing the first, avoiding the last, and uniting a speedy, but temperate vigilence against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the laws.” George Washington

Read: First State of the Union Address to Congress by George Washington, January 8, 1790


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