George Washington's Farewell Address
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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
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
..."This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence ...more
In overviews of American history, Washington's farewell address is characterized by admonitions against political parties and for an isolationist model of international relations. The address itself is actually more nuanced than that. Where he discourages "the fury of party spirit," he also specifically warns against "characterizing the parties by Geographical discriminations," as doing so invites individuals to sow division ...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
Yet, for the modern reader a lot of the pamphlet is barely understandable -- who now has heard of the conflicts between the USA and France in the 1790's? I have a good grounding at this point for I just read Hamilton's biography an ...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