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Greetings Compatriots,

Greetings Compatriots,

As you know, we are in our summer hiatus for meetings and we will be meeting again August 15th at the Weddell’s. As we begin our summer vacations, I would like to think our board and volunteers with everything from the newsletter, registering new members, helping out with ROTC awards, conducting our opening and closing prayers, our website and to others who have contributed to our success as a chapter. As always the goals of the SAR aren’t accomplished on their own. It takes a committed membership who also believe in what the SAR does and what it stands for. We also have available to us the state and national resources filled by members such as our selves. We need all of your help and ask our members to get in touch and talk to us about the help we need to go forward.

Our political system is playing out in ways I am sure never foreseen by our founding fathers. For your summer reading pleasure see quotes from President Washington and John Adams. Enjoy your summer.

(George Washington) Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischief 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. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

(John Adams) “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

In Compatriotism,
Richard Bent

Updated 20 June 2017 [top]