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This new cartoon perfectly illustrates what a Thanksgiving meal might look like if eaten with a big government bureaucrat.

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From George Washington’s Farewell Address:

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.


The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.

Mike Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, reacted to the Grand Jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Officer Wilson shot and killed her son in August.

Via the Today show:

A grand jury’s decision against indicting the police officer who killed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown “absolutely shocked” the boy’s mother, an attorney for the family said Tuesday on TODAY.


“She believed that he would at least be charged with something,” said Benjamin Crump, speaking on behalf of Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden. “She really had faith that the system would work for her child so she was profoundly disappointed as only a mother could be.”

On Monday, a grand jury in St. Louis County decided against indicting Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Michael Brown last August. The decision sparked rioting immediately after it was announced, similar to the violence that erupted last summer shortly after the shooting.

Crump told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that while Brown’s mother was “overcome with emotion” by the decision, the teen’s father also was upset by both the lack of indictment and the violence that broke out.


“He was very disappointed (by) the images that he saw because he had made such a passionate plea for peace,” Crump said about Michael Brown Sr. “There’s no solution to be violent when you’re facing issues of violence.

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