Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. – George Washington, from his 1796 farewell address
I know that it’s not really fair to take a quote out of context, but to have recopied the whole address and then dissected it would have been way too much for this early in the morning. So you get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit.
I consider George Washington to be one of the top presidents of all time. He led our country into being and while I’m certain that he had a few skeletons in the closet, his role in history is still fairly well cemented. And his comments here, among the many of his farewell speech, still ring true to this day. America, beautiful though she is, has not observed good faith and justice to all nations. Unfortunately, it has only observed hate and arrogance to all those who differ in opinion or fail on some level to provide this country with things it desires. We continue to labor in an unfounded war, appearing the bully to not only our enemies, but to our allies as well. Cultivation of peace and harmony must not begin with destruction of lives, both home and abroad. Indifferent practices regarding natural resources and the rights of others continue to harm the well-being of this nation and the choices made today will continue to haunt our grandchildren unless things are put right.
This may label me as unpatriotic or defeatist concerning our current state of affairs, but we as a people must stand together and let the leaders that we elected know that we will no longer stand for the intimidations of ourselves or other peoples. We have the ability to band together and force a change in this country and it’s time we did.
See you in the funny papers!