“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”
~ Thomas Paine ~
George Washington didn't even want to serve one term. They practically had to twist his arm to get him to serve a second. When he put on paper that there was no way he was going to be a candidate for a third, it was really important stuff -- AND I MEAN REALLY IMPORTANT!
On 19th September 1796, His Excellency; The Most Honorable George Washington warned ``Us, the People," that:
``... combinations or Associations of the above description may now & then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
__ AND UNPRINCIPLED MEN (AND women)
__ WILL BE ENABLED TO
__ SUBVERT THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE ..."
On 19 September 1996, the bicentennial anniversary of President Washington’s Farewell Address, there was not so much as a peep in any of the major metropolitan newspapers of the United States as compared to 1896 — nor was there so much as a single firecracker detonated at a celebratory gathering at the Washington Monument in our nation's capital which, ironically, is named Washington.Adding to that irony, on that very same day, The Washington Post ran a feature article in the Home section about the construction of a replica barn at Mount Vernon. Now, I didn't know George Washington personally but, I can assure you --at the 200 year mark no less-- he would much rather have the American people recognizing his Final words to them **for all time** on how to conduct the affairs of government instead of a barn. His own words:
``In offering to you, my Countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression, I could wish--that they will controul the usual current of the passions, or prevent our Nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the Destiny of Nations: But if I may even flatter myself, that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now & then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign Intriegue, to guard against the Impostures of pretended patriotism--this hope will be a full recompence for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated."
``That remarkable document should at all times be deeply interesting to every true American....
``There is so much of sound and pertinent advice in the Farewell Address that, in making extracts therefrom, one is embarrassed by excess of riches. It is a coherent and logical and heart-touching petition for the growth and nourishment of the most unselfish patriotism; IT SHOULD BE READ AND REREAD AND THOROUGHLY UNDERSTOOD BY EVERY BEING WHO PRIDES HIMSELF UPON LAWFUL POSSESSION OF TITLE OF AMERICAN CITIZEN*."
(* emphasis added -- not to mention ``it should be read and reread and thoroughly understood by every being" who aspires to hold a position for which they will STAND BEFORE THE AMERICAN FLAG AND SWEAR AN OATH TO THE PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTION!)