George Washington's Farewell Address
Five stars for content, but I had some problems with it so it's getting three instead. Today is the 220th anniversary of this being published in newspapers across the country (though my book has September 17th, 1796 above the address), so I decided to read it to smarten myself up a bit.
This was written by Madison with additions from Hamilton, and they will insist on using 100 words when 10 woul ...more
It is not profound. It is, however, good commonsense advice, and we need to be reminded of these things continually. We do not need to be re ...more
Advocates strong, united government
“Moderate the fury of party spirit”
Pay off debt during times of peace
Necessity of checks and balances
Religion and morality are necessary for government
A couple of key passages--
“Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian.”
“Of all the ...more
George Washington is also known as "the father of our country” in the USA. He left office in September of 1796, and on the occasion of his departure, he gave this farewell address. In it, he does indeed sound fatherly. Unfortunately, as happens with so many parents, most of his good advice went unheeded, and his kids have succeeded spectacularly at fucking up their lives.
George Washington: You kids don’t know how good you have it! (view spoiler)[
… I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a stro ...more
This is, perhaps, the most important speech ever given by a President of The United States of America. It seems bold, but only because it reveals how far we have strayed from the path, even the vision, that George Washington had for this country.
In a time when partisan politics threaten to tear us apart, this address can remind us of the wisdom that we were offered in old times, but didn't accept. Yet, we still could, if ...more
He pursued two intertwined interests: military arts and western expansion. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754, he fought the first skirmishes of what grew into the French and Indi ...more