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George Washington: the Constitution is sacredly obligatory upon all.
The North Star National ^ | March 4th, 2010 | Dan Sherrier

Posted on 03/05/2010 7:14:11 AM PST by Pharmboy

Our first president had some excellent advice in his farewell address to the nation, which he delivered via newspaper publication in September 1796.

The entire speech remains worth reading today. Some of his points were specific to a time when the United States was young and fragile–the Constitution was less than a decade old, after all–but much of his wisdom continues to hold value. Pay attention.

Pay attention.

It doesn’t hold value simply because he’s George Washington, Super-President of Historical Myth and Noble Chopper of the Cherry Tree and Crosser of the Delaware. (Even Washington was not a perfect human being. A great one, yes, but great does not equal perfect.)

No, it holds value because we can look around today and see that he was right. His concerns have been validated by our collective mistakes over the years.

snip...

Finally, there’s the subject of debt.

“As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”

Read that last bit again. On this point, we have failed miserably. But he chose not to. He limited his power, by his own free will.

That’s how you set an example. Let’s make sure we pay attention.

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TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: generalwashington; godsgravesglyphs; theconstitution
Thought this was worth a posting to remind us all that The General did not only distinguish himself on the battlefield. While no great orator, he could write beautifully.
1 posted on 03/05/2010 7:14:11 AM PST by Pharmboy
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To: indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; mainepatsfan; timpad; ...

Ye Olde RevWar/Colonial Hiftory/General Washington ping lifte

Note to admin mod: while I was allowed to post full text from this site, I excerpted it anyway.

Are we allowed to post full from it? Thanks...

2 posted on 03/05/2010 7:18:01 AM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy
George Washington’s Farewell Address to the American people was read annually in Congress for decades. Finally, about fifteen years ago, this tradition quietly ended. Democrats (mistly) and Republicans (some) wanted to stop the implied criticism of what they were doing with the Constitution we were given.

John / Billybob

3 posted on 03/05/2010 7:18:39 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.TheseAretheTimes.us)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Very interesting...thanks. I did not know that.


4 posted on 03/05/2010 7:20:41 AM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy

Jefferson also had a great deal to say about public debt. These guys eclipse anyone around today in wisdom.


5 posted on 03/05/2010 7:29:31 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Pharmboy

BTTT


6 posted on 03/05/2010 7:35:53 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Pharmboy; newgeezer
George Washington: ‘… the Constitution … is sacredly obligatory upon all.’

Sounds like Masonic Temple speak to me.

7 posted on 03/05/2010 7:37:42 AM PST by DungeonMaster (A Christian Democrat is better than a heathen Republican)
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To: DungeonMaster

If only our leaders today were students of Masonry...as many of our Founders were.


8 posted on 03/05/2010 7:46:02 AM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy
‘… the Constitution … is sacredly obligatory upon all.’

Very true and sadly forgotten by those in the city named for him.

9 posted on 03/05/2010 8:03:08 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: DungeonMaster

There’s not too many organizations who dedicate a month to Constitutional Observance. American Masonic lodges are such places. It’s nice to say the Pledge of Allegiance with your neighbors once a month.

I was thinking this would be a nice program to put out to the public. Take portions of the Farewell Address, copy them to PDF, blow them up to poster size, and display them around the walls of the meeting hall. Invite a few local pols of all persuasions and let the people wander and ask questions.


10 posted on 03/05/2010 8:25:48 AM PST by RideForever
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To: Pharmboy

It’s good to see this at the top of my page this morning, and even better to read an excellent commentary. Thanks!!


11 posted on 03/05/2010 11:16:19 AM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: La Enchiladita
My pleasure, Madame.

Your Obdt. Svt.
P____y

12 posted on 03/05/2010 11:23:34 AM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Pharmboy

Many thanks!


13 posted on 03/05/2010 1:40:10 PM PST by aculeus
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To: Pharmboy

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14 posted on 03/05/2010 8:37:40 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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