There is no better way to honor President George Washington during President’s Day week than reading his Farewell Address. It should be required reading in high schools and colleges because it contains many important warnings to future generations. Here are what I consider to be the most important passages. As you can see from this … Continue reading George Washington warned us – unfortunately we didn’t listen.
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 … Continue reading Precedent Washington
Baldrick: I still can't believe you're leaving me behind. Blackadder: Oh don't you worry. When we're established on our plantation in Barbados I'll send for you. No more sad little London for you Balders. From now on you will stand out in life as an individual. Baldrick: Will I? Blackadder: Indeed. All the other slaves … Continue reading Why Washington Matters: Washington the Emancipator
Yes it was easy enough for a private citizen to be a staunch Republican and grumble: "Why, what could there be simpler than to choose a moment of general tranquility, resign and turn the government over to the Senate." The difficulty could only be understood if that private citizen were to become Emperor himself. It … Continue reading Why Washington Matters Today: Washington the Leader/President
The 2nd of a four-part series of why George Washington Matters, Yesterday, Washington the Revolutionary, today Washington the General. Washington as a leader is often derided for his lack of victories against the British, but his record was much better than one might think. When Henry Knox suggested bringing the cannon from Ticonderoga Washington signed … Continue reading Why George Washington Matters; Today: Washington the General
As history continues to be revised in the classrooms of the country one of the greatest stars the country has ever produced George Washington continues to get short shift. Washington is a paradox a rich man who risks his wealth in revolution, a general who loses far more than he wins, a man universally popular … Continue reading Why George Washington Matters Today: Washington the Revolutionary