Precedent Washington

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Precedent Washington

I’ve men­tioned in the past my daughter’s obses­sion with Hamil­ton, the musi­cal. We were in the car this after­noon lis­ten­ing to “One Last Time,” in which George Wash­ing­ton tells Alexan­der Hamil­ton that he is step­ping down as pres­i­dent after two terms and asks Hamil­ton to help him com­pose his Farewell Address (which was actu­ally pub­lished in the news­pa­per), I com­mented to my daugh­ter that this was one of the great­est deci­sions ever made by a politi­cian in our country’s history.

Until FDR, all other pres­i­dents had fol­lowed Washington’s prece­dent and chose not to run again after two terms. Fol­low­ing FDR, the 22nd amend­ment for­mal­ized this tra­di­tion, forc­ing a two-​term limit on the pres­i­dency. Just think of what this arrange­ment, started by Wash­ing­ton, has saved our country.

There is no doubt, given the size of Barack Obama’s ego, that he would have run for a third term and, given the media bias — which was even worse in his favor, if you recall, than for Hillary — there is lit­tle doubt that he would have won. Which means that we would still be look­ing at a poten­tial nuclear strike from North Korea, ane­mic eco­nomic growth, high unem­ploy­ment and the con­tin­ued cor­rup­tion of the FBI and intel­li­gence ser­vices that have only come to light since Pres­i­dent Trump was elected. Thank you, Gen­eral Washington!

The other key lyric in the song is when Wash­ing­ton says “I want to warn against par­ti­san fight­ing.” It’s a pity that our politi­cians didn’t heed that warn­ing. Imag­ine what Pres­i­dent Trump could accom­plish if he didn’t have to spend so much time and effort defend­ing him­self against made-​up charges and fight­ing against for-​no-​other-​reason-​than-​they-​hate-​the-​fact-​that-​they-​lost obstruc­tion by the Democrats.

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I’ve mentioned in the past my daughter’s obsession with Hamilton, the musical. We were in the car this afternoon listening to “One Last Time,” in which George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton that he is stepping down as president after two terms and asks Hamilton to help him compose his Farewell Address (which was actually published in the newspaper), I commented to my daughter that this was one of the greatest decisions ever made by a politician in our country’s history.

Until FDR, all other presidents had followed Washington’s precedent and chose not to run again after two terms. Following FDR, the 22nd amendment formalized this tradition, forcing a two-term limit on the presidency. Just think of what this arrangement, started by Washington, has saved our country.

There is no doubt, given the size of Barack Obama’s ego, that he would have run for a third term and, given the media bias – which was even worse in his favor, if you recall, than for Hillary – there is little doubt that he would have won. Which means that we would still be looking at a potential nuclear strike from North Korea, anemic economic growth, high unemployment and the continued corruption of the FBI and intelligence services that have only come to light since President Trump was elected. Thank you, General Washington!

The other key lyric in the song is when Washington says “I want to warn against partisan fighting.” It’s a pity that our politicians didn’t heed that warning. Imagine what President Trump could accomplish if he didn’t have to spend so much time and effort defending himself against made-up charges and fighting against for-no-other-reason-than-they-hate-the-fact-that-they-lost obstruction by the Democrats.

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