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February 22, 2014

Our first president would 'turn over in his grave'


Several people interviewed at random at the mall felt Washington would not be pleased with what is happening in the federal capitol.

Roger Smith, 64, of Richfield Springs said “Washington would turn over in his grave” if he saw how big government has gotten - some of this has come at the expense of the states.

The Founding Fathers were in favor of smaller government, Smith said.

Heather Muller, 28 of Walton, said, “He probably wouldn’t be very happy about the government in Washington. They aren’t doing anything. I really don’t think they care about the people.”

Dawn Brown, 49, of Cobleskill said the federal government is being run very haphazardly. Washington would not be pleased with today’s politics.

The various branches of government are supposed to be working together “for the good of all of us,” instead of being worried about political concerns,  she said.

Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Bainbridge, said, “I think he would be a little bit upset about the controversy.” 

 He may have dealt with some of that in helping craft the Constitution.

“There was some hot issues in the summer of 1787, but unlike today there was a lot of compromise,” Crouch said.

People on the both political extremes have forgotten how to do that.

“In a democratic government you don’t always get what you want,” he said. “Sometimes you have to accept what you get and save the battle for later.”

Crouch also noted a moving away from the Constitution through executive action.

“I don’t think that’s what George Washington and the Founding Fathers wanted.”

But he would be pleased that there is still a democratic form of government after all these years that is still using the Constitution as its guiding principles, he said.

Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, said that, “He would be encouraged that the republic is as strong as it is and that United States is viewed as beacon of liberty.”

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