Washington’s wisdom

January 23rd, 2017 by Ken

President Barack Obama delivered his final speech prior to boarding the helicopter to take him to his future.   Like many speeches given by retiring presidents, it didn’t draw much attention.

But, the most important speech given by a retiring president was that given by George Washington when he voluntarily gave up the presidency, thus setting an example for every one who came later.

In that speech, Washington urged the people to beware of partisan political rhetoric.  He said, “It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, forments occasionally riots and insurrection.   It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion.”

That just about sums up our current state of political affairs.

Posted in Government, History, The Real News

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