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Democracy and Liberty. Cherish Them.

Living organisms need attention. Democracy and Liberty are living, breathing organisms. Corpus animam viventem.

They must be nurtured; must be challenged and cherished. Democracy and Liberty must be pushed to their limits for them to survive and ultimately prevail.

“Eternal vigilance,” is the accepted prescription.

Since I stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and witnessed the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and the behavior of those who were for and those against this milestone legislation, I abandoned my partisan loyalties and chose the path of an empiricist.

No administration over the past half century has been spared my pen. None deserved it. Democracy and Liberty demand it.

Hyper-partisanship was as alive then as it is now and, sadly, has proved President George Washington prescient in his conviction of the dangers of political parties that espouse extreme, opposing views.

Washington warned that political parties were likely to “become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government….”

Welcome to today.