Tuesday, February 22, 2011
George Washington (1732-99)
I don't hold much enthusiasm for President's Day. I think that Abraham Lincoln and George Washington each deserve their own day but obviously, it comes down to money -- as do most things in our country today.
Today is George Washington's birthday. "The Father of Our Country" had some excellent advice that has stood the test of time. I think they are worthy of consideration in these troubled times. (Too bad that the people who need them won't see them.) Here are some of his words that I've collected:
* The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
* 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.
* The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.
* Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
* War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will
On the First Amendment:
* If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
* Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
* Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
* In general I esteem it a good maxim, that the best way to preserve the confidence of the people durably is to promote their true interest.
* Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
* Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
* 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".
Hope y'all are having a great day!!!!!!