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The necessity of…

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George Washington and the Continental Congress

“The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of them in our country and under our own eyes.” George Washington

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Farewell Address

 

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Foreign influence is…

“Washington at the Battle of Harlem Plains” by John Ward Dunsmore

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” George Washington

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Indispensable supports…

"George Washington Arriving at Christ Church" Easter Sunday, 1795

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. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

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Avoid the necessity of those…

"Burning of the Gaspee" by Kipp Soldwedel

“Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.” George Washington

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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Farewell Address

 

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Where is the security…

Skirmish at Kennett Meeting House by Pamela Patrick White

“Let it simply be asked,Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

 

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The habits of thinking…

The Redoubt - Battle of Bunker Hill, 17th June 1775 by Don Troiani

“It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another.” George Washington

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Farewell Address

 

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Interwoven as is the love of liberty…

"George Washington and Betsy Ross" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.” George Washington

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Farewell Address

 

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