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January 16, 2018

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July 2, 2010
The unity of Government, which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so; for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquillity at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very Liberty, which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee, that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts...The unity of Government, which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so; for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquillity at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very Liberty, which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee, that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts... You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the Independence and Liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings, and successes... I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat, in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
George Washington
United States - September 17, 1796
Thank You Charles Mathias for acomplishing the virtue of your quote
"We will recognize the contributions of all Americans regardless of who they are from what corner of our society they come."
A Statesman: Charles Mathias
Song: The Water is Wide...
February 9, 2010
I was always so proud to have a Congressman and Senator as a relative. "Uncle Macky" will be missed by us raised down in Texas. - Weezie
February 9, 2010
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February 5, 2010
I worked for Mac in the early eighties on the Senate Judiciary Committee. I have often invoked him in the last year, as a Republican who could effectively and sincerely work across party lines to achieve the people's business and transcend party rancor. Of course he famously paid the price for his independence. His work with Ted Kennedy on the Voting Rights Act and the Martin Luther King Day was particularly notable. He loved the Constitution, its history and meaning for all of us centuries down the road. I remember well his entering the Senate chamber with the Federalist Papers in his hand, ready to fight one of many court-stripping bills popular in the early Reagan years. He was a Great American, of a type unseen in present times.
Maura Whelan, Madison, Wisconsin
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