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.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man.
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.
It never hurts to review his Farewell Address delivered on September 17, 1796, at which time he voluntarily, despite much urging, decided that two terms of the Presidency was enough for one person. It concludes:
Relying on its kindness in this as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which is so natural to a man, who views it in the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations; I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat, in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
Your life was magnificent because you made it that way. I speak for myself but I'm sure my sentiments are echoed by millions of souls throughout our history, that without your guidance we could not have been.
The debt we owe you can never be repaid. To honor your memory on your birthday is our joy and our small unworthy thanks for all you did. Thank you President Washington.
Your obedient servant and guardian of your ideals,
It's sad that Washington's birthday is subsumed into the mattress selling opportunity that is Presidents' Day. The man was a tremendous leader, without whom the Revolutionary War would have failed. And he made the whole transition to elected government of the people work by being about more than himself, and steering the country away from perils. The country owes him a tremendous debt. Just compare how the US revolution ended up compared to the French revolution, or the Simon Bolivar revolutions of Latin America, or the end to the colonial era in Africa. The country was fortunate to have a Washington around, and smart to let him lead.
I am sure that I heard or read about someone defending Obama's lack of experience by saying that he was more qualified for the presidency than George Washington. Does anyone recall hearing that or did I dream it.
Lord knows, someone may have said it. But if you think about it there was not, nor ever had been, a similar country or office when Washington became President so how could Obama be more qualified than the first person to occupy that newly created position?
Leaving all that aside the statement, if made , is patently absurd. In your most hallucinogenic state can you imagine Obama actually leading men into battle, or even riding a horse? Shooting a rifle or pistol? Fighting Indians?
I picture him more the type to be in the men's lounge, white towel over the arm whisking errant particles from the shoulders of club members and offering a spritz of eau de cologne.
My son is in first grade - he came home the other day full of enthusiasm after learning about some of Washington's exploits - just as I did at his age.
Then, I think we all go through a period of believing Washington to be over-rated, he isn't flashy and nobody that's that great after all.
Now, I admire his achievements as an educated adult. Our army would have disintegrated like wet tissue many times without him. He held it together somehow with understated greatness.
What other man since Cincinnatus walked away from such power? History is strewn with meglomaniancs who would have grabbed an American kingship given the opportunity. We were blessed with a man who served the people, then returned home.
Exactly! Like the purpose behind the slender obelisk that dominates the D.C, skyline and as every great military or political leader has done in the past, when faced with hard choices the memory of Washington should be recalled. The question, 'What whould he have done?' still guides our civilian led military although, sadly, not many within the bloated political class. FDR's truly amazing arrogance in casually jettisoning the two term precedent says volumes about contemporary 'liberalism' which lionizes him and views Washington as some quaint antiquity. Honoring Washington's birthday as a national holiday would be a good place to start. President's Day?, please. Why not Bureaucracy Day where schools are closed in honor of the great adminstrative state?