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LP Monday Message: Happy birthday, President Washington!

February 22, 2010

Dear Friend of Liberty,

As you might know, today is the 278th birthday of George Washington. I expect you agree that Washington had an excellent attitude about the office of the presidency (he had a pretty humble view of that office) and about government in general.

When I look at our current president, his policies and ambitions, I am of course very saddened by how far our country has descended from Washington's vision.

Here are a few quotes attributed to George Washington:

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master."

"Let the reins of government then be braced and held with a steady hand, and every violation of the constitution be reprehended. If defective, let it be amended, but not suffered to be trampled upon whilst it has an existence."

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

Compare that attitude to the attitude of today's Republicans and Democrats, who wish to maximize government power in almost every conceivable way, who think the Constitution is something they can re-interpret however they want, and who even want to stifle our speech with campaign finance limits and advertising regulations.

The Libertarian Party is committed to restraining, reducing, and limiting all aspects of government. If George Washington were alive today, I think he'd be proud of the Libertarian Party platform. Please help us celebrate Washington's Birthday with a donation to the Libertarian Party.

Sincerely,
Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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