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Ten tips from George

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Sometimes it helps to ask Dad. But these Americans! They celebrate Washington's Birthday a week ahead of time. Then they hardly stop to listen to the tips from the father of his country that speak to the confusions of today. In a list-happy society they ought to note at least ten:

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.

America still recognizes this. But preparation means not only prudent and sufficient arms but an economically and socially healthy society that is not drained and sundered by an arms race.

Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other.

By dividing the world too categorically into East and West, left and right, bad and good, America would risk the problem George Washington saw.

The hour . . . is certainly come when party difference and disputes should subside; when every man (especially those in office) should with one hand and one heart pull the same way and with their whole strength.

As the White House, Congress, and the nation struggle with an already highly controversial budget, the need to work together for the common good is especially evident.

It is not every one who asketh, that deserveth charity; all however are worthy of the enquiry, or the deserving may suffer.

The government's current valuable effort to separate the greedy from the needy - and serve the needy efficiently - must not be allowed to result in suffering and injustice.

It is important, that the judiciary system should not only be independent in its operations, but as perfect as possible in its formation.

A timely blow at congressional efforts to invade the jurisdiction of the courts - and a boost for the drive to speed and improve the operation of the courts.

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