Skip to comments.George Washington for President in 2008
Posted on 02/22/2008 7:02:20 AM PST by stand_your_ground
WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING GEORGE WASHINGTON FOR PRESIDENT?
ANSWER: People are always complaining that there are no great leaders today. The truth is that the only reason we don't have great leaders is because we don't demand them. By supporting George Washington....
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He couldn’t win.
Can’t have a gun nut in the White House ...
Washington won his war.
I’ll take his expense account over LBJ’s, Nixon’s, Carter’s, the Bush Family, Bill Clinton’s...
George Washington, had he lost, would of been the first person hanging from the end of a rope by the hand of George III. Please....
George Washington deserved much more than what he received in payment. If there was a way I could repay him monetarily now, I would do it without any question
Give the man the credit he is due! He was such an opportunist that he stepped down, when his term was up, from leading the country after they wanted to anoint him King.
Also, while you are at it, why don't you bust your butt for years before winning one battle and then gamble on the whole shebang on leading a raid against mercenaries in one of the most ungodly winters on record...with a rag-tag group of men that haven't been paid in years?
I’m not going to argue with you. You’re not hearing me. He was a man—and I didn’t say he was a bad man. He was just human. Don’t make him a saint.
Neither could John F. Kennedy.
47 years and one month ago, Kennedy made the following statements near the end of his address.
"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
Did you hear either RAT candidate ask Americans to do anything for their country last night? No, it was give away, give away, give away, give away, give away, give away, and more give away.
Not to mention a slave owner...
The NY Times would be running stories about his wooden teeth 24-7.
Will the general carry the Garden State? He lived here for many of his glory years.
GW also owned the largest distillery outside of Europe. Can’t argue with success!
I was just referencing the effort to change the names of schools named in honor of Washington because, after all, he was a slave owner.
No, I heard you. Obviously he was just human but give the man his due. George Washington, a man known throughout the whole world for his integrity, loyalty, courage, and selflessness. You are trying to point out that the first of all Americans was greedy and I'm not buying it.
Revolutionary War Expense Account, 1775 - 1783
George Washington refused to accept a salary as commander in chief, instead offering to claim only his expenses. Congress readily accepted this offer in 1775. At the end of the war, Washington compiled his own general accounts from the record books in this Revolutionary War section of Series 5. He calculated that £ was equivalent to $26, which was generous on his part because at times the dollar depreciated to hundreds of dollars to a single British pound sterling. Washington's total expenses of $160,074 included not only his personal accounts but expenses for his headquarters (which he referred to as his "military family"), secret intelligence (spy services), and traveling expenses for his headquarters and guards, commanded by Captain Caleb Gibbs. After a careful examination of these accounts and their supporting documentation, James Milligan, Comptroller General of the United States Treasury, found that Washington was due an additional eighty-nine nintieths of one dollar.
there’s no need to be insulting.
In never once insulted you.
I don’t care if you insult me, but insulting George Washington seems a tad ungrateful on his birthday, don’t you think? I think it’s also fair to point out that virtually EVERYONE in the academy makes it their business to “demythologize” the founders every day. (They wouldn’t want modern secularist college students having any heroes, now would they?) It’s that kind of thinking I find insulting and spoiled.
But Washington didn't "run for President." He didn't put himself forward for the office.
Or for top commander. Or for chairman of the Constitutional Convention. His peers demanded that Washington serve.
So in that very important way he was probably less of an opportunist than other politicians or maybe even the rest of us.
Below is from George Washingtons Farewell Address!
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....
it 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 debt....
it 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...
I also did a report on “Washington’s Expense Account” in college...fascinating subject! It was amazing how he offered his services for free and that all he requested was that his expenses were paid for. How generous of him!
In fact this turned out to be the beginning of excessive government spending.
You know the old saying, “George Washington slept here...”
The real reason he slept in so many inns during the revolutionary war instead of in troop housing (tents etc) was that the tab was being picked up by the new taxpayers.
I also marvelled at the entries regarding his misplacement of his pistol.
It’s good someone remembered that Feb. 22 is George Washington’s birthday (New Style, anyway). (He was born before the calendar reform of 1752, and I read somewhere that he continued to think of Feb. 11 as his birthday).
I never insulted you and I never insulted George Washington. I was just stating a quirk of history that I found interesting and you took it in an insulting manner and started all this. I know some people on FR enjoy fighting but I’m not one of them. I have felt a little insulted by your responses and I guess you enjoy that.
Yep, he’s a wonderful man, but he’s human too. If more people could find the human side of history, we probably wouldn’t see so many distortious or re-writing of history today.
You called the father of our country “an opportunist,” and you don’t expect to get your nonsensical, junior-college evaluation fired back at you? You shouldn’t be in the kitchen if you don’t like the heat.
Yes, for some on FR, he wouldn’t be conservative enough!
He was a great man.
“When I was in college, I became aware of a book named George Washington’s Expense Account. Here is a snippet of the editor’s review of that book—judge for yourself.”
Ok I am not starting a flam war, but I have heard that even though that book was de bunked the leftys keep using it as another reason to insult Washington.
Success to Liberty and Victory to Washington,
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