We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
Good example; however, that the quote is spurious is fairly obvious. The literary cadence is foreign to Washington, while the mode of thought is foreign to his philosophy. Here's an authentic example for comparison:
Washington's Farewell Address: 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 and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty.
What the revolutionaries wanted from government post-independence is obvious from the failed Articles of Confederation, an unworkable blueprint for decentralized self-interest that bears no resemblance to current government.
the constitution is a magnificently flawed document. one flaw resolved by force of arms the too many compromises over slavery at the cost of over 600,000 war dead. the other flaw has given us the bloated tax and spend monster we have today.
I believe the tax problem is the result an abomination of the Constitution rather than a flaw.
In the first place, the Constitution does not allow taking money from one person and giving it to another who did not earn it. In the second, the enforcement of the tax code violates the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Without enforcement, you don't have much of a tax code. In the last place, the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment is somewhat suspect.
The phrase "doesn't seem like something Washington would have said" has been rather recklessly proliferated in discussions about this particular quote. In the end -- and I do mean "end," we had a go-round about this lasting several hundred comments over the course of many months with The Zachriel, back at my blog -- this argument is entirely unsupported. Their citation of Washington's "literary cadence" is flawed, as you noticed, and the foundation for this statement amounts to nothing more than wink wink, nudge nudge, we-all-know.
What is certain is that the original revolutionaries did have a problem with some government. That's undeniable. They revolted, after all.
Morgan K Freeberg
Morgan K Freeberg: The phrase "doesn't seem like something Washington would have said" has been rather recklessly proliferated in discussions about this particular quote.
Putting Romantic concepts into the mouth of George Washington is a dead-giveaway. (Think "The Modern Prometheus".) At the very least, it should give one pause. At that point, you can always look for an authoritative source, such as the professional historians at Mount Vernon, who have access to one of the largest collections of the papers and letters of George Washington.