The deep political divide that is growing ever more apparent is a far cry from our Founder's envisioned Utopia. Whether through hate mongering, religious-political extortion, bold-faced lies, or outright treason, our political leaders are bringing forth the apocalypse of the American ethos. It is important to note that George Washington had a fixed opinion on the punishment of traitors hanging. This absolutism is exactly what he expected his successors and Congress to adhere to as they, like himself, nobly put country before self. We are infinitely removed from the glory days of integrity and honor. Reason, logic, and facts have become sacrilegious with the ever-increasing religious stranglehold on our political system.