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George Washington’s Farewell Address: A ‘Warning Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism’

Quite a bit on the long side, but brimming with warnings:

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.

Speaking of farewell addresses, Eisenhower’s is most notable:

Daily News on the stretcher(Daily News)

It’s been a while since CBS anchor Dan Rather, in the wake of 9/11, said:

“George Bush is the president. He makes the decisions, and, you know, it’s just one American, wherever he wants me to line up, just tell me where, and he’ll make the call.”

Today journalists are starting to think for themselves, apparently, and the state needs better threats to coerce compliance:

The Criminalization of Independent Journalism: Truth in Media Categorized as Terrorism