What do you want from Americas Next President as far as freedom and liberty?
George Washington addressed personal liberty and national freedom in his farewell address by saying…
“The unity of government which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so. For it is the main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize.”
As you can see from his writings, President Washington thought our federal government’s main jobs should be to insure that we remain independent as a nation, support tranquility inside our nations borders, ensure each citizens peace when in other countries, ensure our safety (other writings indicate that he means from physical threats and violence), ensure our ability to become as prosperous as each individual chooses and to ensure each and every citizens Liberty.
He continued with…
“But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth, as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness. That you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity. Watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned. And indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”
In this section he warns against letting your guard down, for there will always be someone trying to tear the country apart and/or change it significantly into something it was not designed to be. Both the Freedom and Liberty the colonists fought and died for should always be cherished and guarded against those that would take either or both away.
George Washington then said…
“For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings, and success” (Independence belongs to a nation that is free to govern itself. Liberty belongs to individuals who are free to enjoy their natural rights…These were the definitions our nations founding fathers worked with and from.).
Notice that in this section President Washington focused on people who are Citizens of these United States (not just those that live here, but those who have chosen to be Citizens) and National Pride and Patriotism. These are vital to Independence and Liberty according to George Washington, and most, if not all of America’s founding fathers.
In my humble opinion, today we are at risk of losing both the independence and liberty which was so fervently fought for because of some of our modern politicians. There is a large contingent that seem to be more focused on getting elected or re-elected and controlling large segments of the population in order to count on their votes.
I believe those politicians should be focused only on those things that George Washington outlined in his farewell speech to make sure our Liberty and our nation’s Freedom is maintained.
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Signing off for now and wishing you all the liberty and prosperity you want and are willing to handle!