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Come On Boys, We’re All In This Together

When George Washington became President of the United States in 1789, there were no political parties. Political parties first emerged during Washington’s first term in office with the Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party in 1791 and in the following year, the formation of the Anti-Federalist Party or DemocraticRepublicans under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson. The two political parties formulated their views of how government ought to operate in the new republic. At the end of Washington’s first term, as he was preparing to retire and go back to Mt. Vernon to just be a farmer again, the leaders of the opposing parties both wanted him to reconsider with Hamilton and Jefferson pleading with Washington to stay on for a second term. Jefferson is credited as stating: “North and South will hang together if they have you to hang on.” Washington finally consented to such sentiments and was again the obvious choice of the Electoral College as they re-elected him in February of 1793. During Washington’s second term, the divisions between the two political parties became defined. CONT., PAGES 4-5

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George Washington’s advice and warning to the American people The Heritage Foundation Sober George Washington daringly made his Farewell Address an open letter of advice and warning to the American people about their long-term safety and happiness. For a great leader to voluntarily relinquish political power and retire from public life was itself unprecedented in the annals of history—an act that contributed to the establishment of republican government in America. But his words on this occasion are no less cherished for, as his biographer and Chief Justice John Marshall put it, “precepts to which the American statesman can not too frequently recur.” With the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the Farewell Address constitutes the central statement of the American purpose. Washington warned of the dangers facing the young republic, chiefly from internal faction and foreign dangers. But he also hailed the greatness that could come from a unity founded on necessity and prosperity, and further graced by the character of its citizens. The Address itself exemplified unity. Drafted in part by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, the two collaborators on the Federalist Papers who

The Danger of Factions

were now political rivals, the manuscript was revised by Washington and published in Philadelphia’s largest newspaper on September 19, 1796— just nine years after the signing of the Constitution.

Washington also warned of “the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party”—one of the two most famous recommendations of the Farewell Address (along with a warning about permanent alliances). By party, Washington meant factious groups that sought their own good, to the detriment of the common good and the rights of others. The proliferation of faction or party in this sense was a dominant question of his presidency. He spoke of designing men, who would divide sections of the country as a means to their own political power. The factions of the 1790s foreshadowed those of the Civil War.

Preservation of the Union The general theme of the Farewell Address is the preservation of the Union as the core of American nationhood. Washington warned against sectionalism as the destroyer of the common interest and national character. The ties of the Union and the Constitution that made the various parts one must be cherished as sacred. “The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”


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America’s Role in the World

The foreign policy of the new nation requires both principles and prudence, given its circumstances. The United States should “observe good faith and justice towards all Nations.” In the future, he asks Americans to keep in mind that “it will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.” America’s place in the world will elevate and distinguish its national character. Washington recommended as the great rule of conduct that the United States primarily pursue commercial relations with other nations and have with them “as little political connection as possible,” consistent with its treaty obligations. Washington did not call for America to withdraw from the world: he warned of political connections and permanent alliances. In a world convulsed by the French Revolution, he advised that the young republic “steer clear of permanent Alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” America should be clear-headed about

its own capacities under changing circumstances while keeping itself in mind as an example to the world. Washington recommended that the nation pursue a long-term course of placing itself in a position to defy external threats, defend its own neutrality, and, eventually, choose peace or war as its own “interest, guided by justice, shall Counsel.”

The Eradication of Freedom

Washington argued that political parties needed to be restrained in a free country with a government empowered by the consent of the governed and established through popular elections. He warned of the possibility fearing they could distract the government from its required duty to the people and even lead to the eradication of the freedoms established by the founding. Unfortunately, it is way too late to restrain the hunger for power in today’s political parties; it has been enculturated. America is at the mercy of two powerful political parties. If a strong candidate wants to get elected to office in this country, one usually needs some affiliation to the major parties. We see from history that third party forays are limited in strength and often serve only to undermine one or another of the major parties in the capacity of a “spoiler.” If Washington could see America now, probably the only thing that he could say after getting over the shock, would be: “I told you so!”



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A great tool for communicating feelings By Shannon Morell The Feeling Thermometer is one of my favorite tools that we use at FOCUS. It helps kids and parents express how they feel. It also assists family members in understanding that each person in the family may have different responses to the same event. Most importantly, the Feeling Thermometer provides a common language for families to identify and share feelings.

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In the latest move toward a universal cap, the Marine Corps has authorized female Marines to wear the current male dress and service caps. Though females may wear the male caps now, they are not required to own them until May 1, 2017. Marine Corps Systems Command is currently working to improve the quality, fit and comfort of the existing male frame cap, to allow for it to be the universal cap. The universal cap is projected to be issued to recruits and available at military clothing sales starting May 1, 2015.

COLA cut creates outrage

On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA) by a vote of 64-36. The two year budget deal includes a provision that reduces working age retirees’ annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by one percent until they reach the age of 62 — and fails to grandfather existing retirees and currently serving members who plan to serve a 20-plus year career. Because of the fast-track nature of the bill, many members of Congress were caught off-guard by the overall financial impact retirees would face. Read the rest of the article at www.

VA makes progress on claims backlog

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official recently outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, the undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits, detailed the elements of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s, or VBA, transformation plan in testimony at a recent hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.


To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the Wisconsin Departments of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs are partnering to distribute a special book to honor those veterans who served in that conflict. “Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth” is available for free to Korean War Veterans or family members as a gift of gratitude from the Korean government. Request your copy of the book on the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://dma. or call 608-242-3239. The book is available one per veteran or family. Due to high demand, the book is backordered. So, please be patient. For questions, please contact Lori Getter for more information or special instructions, email

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice.” The military also randomly tests all servicemembers for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, codeine and morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, Vicodin, and different diazepines, such as Valium and Xanax. Any servicemember who tests positive for either an illicit drug or misuse of a prescription drug falls under any actions deemed appropriate under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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A Sailor’s dying wish After signing my pop, EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) up for hospice care, the consolation prize I’d given him (for agreeing it was OK to die) was a trip to “visit the Navy in San Diego.” I emailed my friend and former Marine sergeant, Mrs. Mandy McCammon, who’s currently serving as a Navy Public Affairs Officer, at midnight on 28 May. I asked Mandy if she had enough pull on any of the bases in San Diego to get me access for the day so I could give Bud, who served on USS Dewey (DD-349), a windshield tour. The next day she sent me an email from the currentUSS Dewey (DDG 105)’s XO, CDR Mikael Rockstad, inviting us down to the ship two days later. We linked up with Mandy outside Naval Base San Diego and carpooled to the pier where we were greeted by CMDCM Joe Grgetich and a squadsized group of Sailors. Bud started to cry before the doors of the van opened. He’d been oohing and pointing as we approached the pier, but when we slowed down and Mandy said, “They’re all here for you, Bud,” he was overwhelmed. After we were all out of the van directly in front of the Dewey, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries, Petty Officer Simon introduced himself and said as the ship’s Sailor of the Year he had the honor of pushing Bud’s wheelchair for the day. Unbeknownst to us, they’d decided to host Bud aboard the Dewey, not at the Dewey. And so they carried him aboard. None of us expected him to go aboard the ship. I’d told him we were going down to the base and would have the chance to meet and greet a few of the Sailors from the new Dewey. He was ecstatic. The day before, he asked every few hours if we were “still going down to visit the boys from the Dewey,” and “Do

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Not just vanity: tummy tucks can heal By Dr. Jason R. Hess, MD, FACS After her first child, Virginia Jones realized she needed to do something about the loose skin on her abdomen and the noticeable stretch marks. The Navy officer’s wife felt uncomfortable going to the beach with her friends and

family and was too self conscious to wear a bikini. After the birth of her second and third child, her confidence plummeted. “Dieting and exercising didn’t take care of the excess weight in my tummy. It made me feel bad about myself.” Af-


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By Art Garcia, Jr. In his farewell press conference, former head coach Norv Turner intimated that Chargers fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about a return to the postseason anytime soon because the highpowered, talented roster he inherited was now long gone (basically throwing

Playoffs or not, offensive line proving its mettle

former GM A.J. Smith under the bus). For all of his offensive ‘genius,’ Turner should leave the prognosticating to soothsayers. The fact is, for all the selfdestruction the team did to itself this season – see the games vs. Houston, Tennessee and Washington – this

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Chargers team could very easily be securely locked into the playoffs at 10-4 or 9-6 heading into this weekend’s regular season finale under first-year coach Mike McCoy. And despite whatever happens vs. the Chiefs this Sunday, there is no question the Bolts are moving in the right direction under GM Tom Telesco.

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ground in 11 of 15 games including six of the last seven. “We’re having fun out there right now… having an absolute blast,” center Nick Hardwick said. “It’s fun to fight; it’s fun to compete in ball games – no matter what happens next week we don’t care, we’re going to have a heck of a time and we’re going to play hard.” For Hardwick, who is in his 10th year out of Purdue, re-establishing the run game brings a smile to his face as the line gets to impose its will on the defense. Said Hardwick, “It’s important (having fun) – you’re excited to run, excited to hit and it certainly helps you (establish your game plan). Ryan (Mathews) is doing a tremendous job getting downfield, he’s seeing the hole and hitting it fast… it’s just fun, we’re having a heck of a time. “We’ve had three wins in a row now; our confidence is building; wins kind of breeds winning as Marty (Shot-


tenheimer) used to say. You have that feeling going into the game that you’re going to win the game and when you come out with another one you’re very excited about it. We’re not even going to worry about those other games; we’re just going to go out there and play the Chiefs and give them hell.”

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Besides the offensive line, the second area of concern for the Chargers over the offseason was the secondary. Having let go of starting cornerbacks Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, along with strong safety Atari Bigby, Telesco decided to go in a different direction and bring in a number of free agents to compete for the openings. Although the signing of high-priced corner Derek Cox has yet to pan out, the much-

they have given up just 9-of-30 maligned secondary has improved (30.0%) third down attempts. since his benching by coming up Despite the odds being with four interceptions and against them making 21 passes defensed in the playoffs, maybe the the last three games. If football gods will grant the Chargers do in fact them a favor similar back into the playoffs to that in 2008 when it couldn’t come the Broncos ended at a better time the season with with the defense three consecutive playing it’s best losses, thus givfootball of the ing the Chargers season. Having 10 the AFC West crown total turnovers over at 8-8 and enabling the last five games, the Chargers fans to witdefense has held the #61 Nick Hardwick ness one of the greatest last three opponents, the Giants, Broncos and Raiders, to just playoff games in NFL history – the 297.7 yards and 15.7 points per game. Chargers thrilling 23-17 overtime vicPerhaps most impressive is the play tory over the Peyton Manning-led Inof the defense on third-downs where dianapolis Colts.



Cont’d. from Page 9 burial honors when the time came. I assured him that’d be an honor we’d welcome. Leaving the ship was possibly more emotional than boarding. They piped him ashore. CMDCM Grgetich leaned in and quietly told me how significant that honor was and who it’s usually reserved for as we headed towards the gangplank. Hearing “Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, departing” announced over the 1MC was surreal. Later that night Bud sat in his recliner, hands full of ship’s coins and declared, “I don’t care what you do with my power tools; you better promise you’ll bury me with these.” He died 13 days later. For 12 of those 13 days he talked about the Dewey, her Sailors and his visit to San Diego. Everyone who came to the house had to hear the story, see the photos, hold the coins, read the plaques. True to his word, GMC Eisman arranged the details for a full honors burial. The ceremony was simple yet magnificent. And a perfect send off for an ornery old guy who never, ever stopped being proud to be a Sailor. After the funeral, the Sailors came back to the house for the reception and spent an hour with the family. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s another example of them going above and beyond the call of duty, and it meant more to the family than I can explain. There are more photos, and I’m sure I missed a detail, or a name. What I didn’t miss and will never forget, is how unbelievable the men and women of the USS Dewey were. They opened their ship and their hearts and quite literally made a dream come true for a dying Sailor. They provided the backdrop for One in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffers from post-traumatic “This is the best day of my life, daughter. I never in my whole life dreamed stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression. Learn more or find out I’d step foot on the Dewey again or how you can help at shake the hand of a real life Sailor.” Without question, it’s the best example of Semper Fidelis I’ve ever seen. “We can’t all be heroes, some of us , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , © 2011 Wounded Warrior Project All Rights Reserved have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by “ — Mark Twain For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280 • January 1, 2014 THE MILITARY PRESS 15 ®

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priest, “Father, I’ve got to get it off my chest. I built a doghouse, a 4-car garage, and a 5-bedroom 4-bath home!” With a look of shock, the priest then responded, “Well, that is most serious. I’m afraid that you’ll have to make a novena.” The penitent Amishman looked perplexed and then said, “Father, I don’t know what a novena is, but if you’ve got the blueprints, I’ve got the lumber.”

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shyly, but soon dashed for the bushes, from which shortly emerged a good deal of giggling, laughter, and shaking of branches. Fifteen minutes later, the two statues emerged from the bushes, wide grins on their faces. “You still have fifteen more minutes,” said the angel, being naughty and winking at them. Grinning even more widely the female statue turned to the male statue and said, “Great! Only this time you hold the pigeon down and I’ll crap on it’s head.”

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He said... Do you love me just because my father left me a fortune? She said...Not at all honey, I would love you no matter who left you the money. He said... Since I first laid eyes on you, I’ve wanted to make love to you in the worst way. She said...Well, you have succeeded. He said... You have a flat chest and need to shave your legs, have you ever been mistaken for a man? She said...No, have you? He said... Why do you women always try to impress us with your looks, not with your brains? She said...Because there is a bigger chance that a man is a moron than he is blind. He said... Let’s go out and have some fun tonight. She said...Okay, but if you get home before I do, leave the hallway light on. JOKES, cont’d. on Page 22

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