The major political figures of American life all believed that liberty and freedom is impossible without virtue. Moreover, George Washington, the twice-unanimously-elected former-president and the country’s founding lead general, was the greatest American — without any peer: There would be no United States of America without George Washington. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Dickenson — all said that George Washington was the greatest man who ever lived.
And Washington chose that much of his final words to the nation, beyond general reflection and well-wishing, would be words foreshadowing the doom which political factionalism and foreign entanglement bring — that those to come after him ought to “discountenanc[e] whatever may suggest even a suspicion that [cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to the immense value of national union] can in any event be abandoned . . . [without] enfeebl[ing] the sacred ties which . . . link together the various parts [of the union].”
But setting aside the irrelevant and silly advice of ole, naive killjoy George Washington, we instead are met, now, on a great political battlefield, to agree together about the great differences between the liberals and conservatives of our day.
For example: the chickenhawks of George W. Bush’s presidential administration, who entangled our peace and prosperity by waging wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan, on behalf of the anti-Jewish atheist Socialists who currently occupy Palestine and terrorize all religious Jews — their terrorism justified by treasonous misinformation from Colin Powell and others: they are conservative.
Whereas the child-murder-advocating democrat Congress members during George W. Bush’s time in office, who scolded and backbit the president, et al. to the public, to seem like opposition — while funding USA’s terrorism throughout: Those warmongering child-murder-advocates are liberals.
Moreover, bipartisan compromise means, for example, the near-unanimous chicken-hawk-consensus, between conservatives and liberals, that members of the United States military should, under color of law, cage and torture Bradly Manning for the better part of a decade — to punish Manning for living up to his oath to support and defend the Constitution by disclosing that the chicken-hawks of both stripes had instructed members of the United States military to deploy Weapons of Mass Destruction among civilians, during “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and beyond.
“They did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32, NIV.
- Tim Goeglein, Presentation, pt 1 (Liberty University 2014).
- See George Washington, Farewell Address, para. 8 (1796).
- See Danielle Ziri, Tens of thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews in New York protest IDF draft law (Jersusalem Post, 2017); Neturei Karta, What is the Neturei Karta? (2003) (“The name [Neturei Karta] was given to a group of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem who refused (and still refuse) to recognize the existence or authority of the so-called ‘State of Israel’ and made (and still make) a point of publicly demonstrating their position, the position of the Torah and authentic unadulterated Judaism”); Haaretz, Israel Among the Least Religious Countries in the World (2015)).
- See, e.g., Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Iraq Intel: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth (March 18, 2003); Id., Powell’s UN Speech and the Case for War (February 5, 2003); Id., Cooking Intelligence for War in Iraq (March 12, 2003); Jason M. Breslow, Colin Powell: U.N. Speech was a great intelligence failure (quotation marks omitted) (PBS 2016); see generally, General Smedly Butler, War is a racket (1935); Iraq Veterans Against the War, About ivaw.org).
- See, e.g., Bill Schneider, Clinton, Obama war funding votes draw criticism (CNN 2007); see, generally, Steve Chapman, Hillary Clinton’s appetite for war (Chicago Tribune 2015).
- See Ed Pilkington, Bradley Manning’s treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules (The Guardian 2012).
- 10 U.S.C. § 502.
- See Thomas Gibbons-Neff, U.S.-led forces appear to be using white phosphorus in populated areas in Iraq and Syria (Washington Post 2019).