November 11, 2014

What Would George Washington Do?

When Gen. Washington was planning to resign his commission in 1783, he prepared a letter; the following is the last paragraph of his epistle:

Washington's Circular Letter of Farewell to the Army, June 8, 1783

"I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation."

I wonder if our nation's future First Executive (six years later in 1789 he was elected President) would have written the same words if he knew the perfidy and treason that infests all levels of our government today.

Right now I am choking on his admonition to "cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government."

Gen. Washington took up his sword and pistol, kissed his wife goodbye, climbed on his horse (he had a favorite he called "Nelson") and lead a bloody seven-year rebellion against a British tyrant who had done less harm to the American citizenry than the present tyrant and his treasonous accomplices today.

So I wonder, what would he do today? Or in the popular vernacular, WWGWD?

The entire letter is here.


Fredd said...

Another George in another era, (Orwell) saw how noble dreams could be perverted to suit the goals of tyrants. George Orwell would not be surprised at all to see America today as compared to what it was in his day.

In just my lifetime (I am an old geezer), I have seen the philosophy of Democrats change 180 degrees: JFK would be considered by todays' liberal pinkos as a right wing nut job today (a badge of honor to conservatives today). So would Hubert H. Humphrey and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, all Democrats in good standing in their day.

George Washington is spinning in his grave seeing how corrupt his beloved new country has become.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

What we see going on now is in the grand scheme of those on the left. It started on college campuses in the 60's and grew from there. The White House houses their utopian leader.