Perhaps the best short writing of the Founding Fathers is George Washington’s Farewell Address. It is from his heart, his warnings of things that would destroy our nation if we did not guard ourselves from the threats he knew we would face. Here I wish to keep this short and to point out a few of those warnings that I believe every patriot should know. Remember, his are lessons provided by history. Mankind has a consistent behavioral pattern in politics that has been recorded throughout thousands of years of governments.
One of his important sections concerns the rivalry between political parties. Washington detested political parties and notes that such contests can cause the death of a nation. Pay attention to the words he uses:
“Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”
After he explains its danger, he notes that it is “sharpened by the spirit of revenge.” Of course, we now experience that with the loss suffered by Hillary Clinton, which the Democrats will never get over. I still love watching the reruns of the newscasters who lost all their manners that night—but were tame compared to their Antifa and resist movements. Theirs is organized sedition and it continues to this day, even in Congress.
In another part of his writing (Washington never gave the address in person, it was written and printed in newspapers) he advises us against one of the greatest problems we now suffer:
“If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”
Changing the Constitution by judicial fiat is a problem that has hurt this nation for years. With a variable meaning, attorneys become a greater power than the written law itself. President Trump is addressing this issue directly with his focus on putting in judges who respect the Constitution; and he’s doing it a good way—all of them are young!
And finally, one more. When you have a government that has public input, their character will decide the path of government:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
Our presidents have changed from a follower of Jeremiah Wright to a man who constantly offers thanks and prayers to God. Along with that, he’s working to restore our constitutional form of government. I’m sure, that from the heavens above, our 45th president is getting a big thumbs-up from our first.