It seems that Washington and Lincoln's fears are coming true.
On Nov. 21, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins. He wrote:
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."
From Washington's farewell address (which I got from a larger article called "The Vision of George Washington" at http://www.crystalinks.com/gw.html):
As for collusion of powers, he warned, "The habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism."
On usurpation, he warned, "If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit which the use can at any time yield."
For those interested in great prophecies, I highly recommend http://www.crystalinks.com/, particularly the Hopi and Cherokee accounts. And of course, there's always the Bible. Many people over the years have made uncannily accurate predictions, and if there's one thing they have in common, it's that mankind will soon (within the next few years) be punished for its greed, spiritual emptiness, and wanton rape of Mother Nature. But there's hope, and each individual can play a part to shape our destiny. Now is the time to decide which side you're going to choose.