[Ed. – Then again, the founders might have accused Brazile of hyperbole, or ‘hyperbowl,’ as she recently pronounced it on ‘The Five.’]
George Washington’s 1796 farewell address contained a forceful warning “against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”
The first three presidents of the United States were deeply concerned about protecting our country from foreign interference, intrigue and influence. You should be, too.
Nine years earlier, in 1787, this fear of foreign influence was on the minds of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as they crafted the Constitution, with Adams agreeing with Jefferson that they were wise to be “apprehensive of foreign interference, intrigue and influence.” Our Founding Fathers also were conscious of the violent way Europeans overthrew their corrupt kings, and they wanted to spare our country that violent upheaval by including lawful, civil impeachment in our Constitution.