Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Describing the farewell address in his book on the life of Washington, Henry Cabot Lodge wrote " man ever left a nobler political testament."
In his Address Washington announces his planned withdrawal from politics "after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its (America's) service." He then sets forth his reasons against running for a third term. As if to bolster his argument, he states: "While choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it."

In his address Washington:

    Extolls the benefits of the federal government. "The unity of a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence...of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize."

    Warns against the party system. "It serves to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration....agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one....against opens the door to foreign influence and corruption...thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another."

    Stresses the importance of religion and morality. "Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?"

   On stable public credit. "...cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible...avoiding likewise the accumulation of is essential that you...bear in mind, that towards the payments of debts there must be Revenue, that to have Revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised, which are not...inconvenient and unpleasant..."

    Warns against permanent foreign alliances. "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world..."

    On an over-powerful military establishment. "...avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty."

In saying farewell to the new nation he helped create Washington pointed out that ".......the name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism..."

I remember being forced to read this in Junior High School US History class. Maybe this is why I hold the recent Administrations in such low esteem. It is only a few pages long and it can be read in its entirety at the Avalon Project of Yale University. 



NanaDiana said...

I think we need a few changes in the Big House....soon. I remember reading these words in school also. I think it is a shame that they have taken God out of our country on every level they can. Hugs- Diana

Just telling it like it is said...

hey handsome...that is why this country is a wonderous place because we have the freedom to. I can't thank you enough for your service to our country...mwahhh