President Obama shakes hands with ~ shudder! ~ President Chavez and Limbaugh comes unglued
Here is a letter by Stephen Sirkin of Clackamas, Oregon, published in The Oregonian, that slam-dunks Rush Limbaugh and fellow hate-mongers of the Far Right:
With all the controversy over President Barak Obama's handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, we can benefit from some insights shared 213 years ago by George Washington in his farewell address, which says, in part:
"Inveterate antipathies against particular Nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded . . . just and amicable feelings toward all should be cultivated . . . Antipathy in one nation against others disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The Nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the Government, contrary to the best calculations of policy."
We so often praise our founding fathers' wisdom. It looks like President Obama is actually putting it into practice.
[Does any recent administration come to mind as you read Washington's words?
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