WASHINGTON, February 22, 2012 - Duly celebrated as the ‘Father of our Country,’ George Washington has also been called the ‘Moses of America.’ No greater man has led this nation. He set the bar high for future presidents and us all as citizens.
His personality, character and leadership were decisive in three crucial events of early
He transcribed Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation before age sixteen. His father, Augustine
As a result, he understood the key to peace.
In his Fifth Annual Address to Congress, given in
“There is a rank due to the
It would be virtually impossible for one individual to achieve even a fraction of what
George Washington never gave up nor showed signs of despair, even in the worst of times.
The 23 year-old Colonel
Imagine remaining steadfast from August to November of 1776 as the British drove the meager American forces all over
“The enemy have now landed on
George Washington didn’t seek to put himself in high places.
In June of 1775 at the Second Continental Congress,
“I beg they will accept my cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation. But lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with. As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it. I will keep an exact account of my expenses. Those I doubt not they will discharge, and that is all I desire.”
His most important act of honor, revealing ultimately his character, and setting firmly the course for
No one man in any land had ever been as revered as General George Washington. It was by strength of his personality and leadership that the army held together for those long eight years in fighting off the British. He could have established himself a monarchy with little to no resistance.
However, the General presented himself to the members of Congress with a bow before reading a prepared speech with trembling hands and a quaking voice.
“… presenting myself before Congress to surrender into their hands the trust committed to me, and to claim the indulgence of retiring from the service of my country…Happy in the confirmation of our independence and sovereignty and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable nation, I resign with satisfaction the appointment I accepted with diffidence – a diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task, which, however, was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our cause, the support of the supreme power of the union, and patronage of Heaven.”
George Washington didn’t forget that the hand of God directed the affairs of all people, including himself and
The diary of a soldier reported:
“Then, dramatically, the famine completely ended. Countless thousands of fat shad, swimming up the Schuylkill to spawn, filled the river….Soldiers thronged the river bank….the cavalry was ordered into the river bed….the horsemen rode upstream, noisily shouting and beating the water, driving the shad before them into nets spread across the Schuylkill….So thick were the shad that, when the fish were cornered in the nets, a pole could not be thrust into the water without striking fish….The netting was continued day after day…until the army was thoroughly stuffed with fish and in addition hundreds of barrels of shad were salted down for future use.”
That George Washington’s role in forming this nation and his impeccable character are little more than a footnote in most public school curriculums today is a disgrace, second only to those who have attempted to portray him as a deist or not a man of any faith.
In his last message before Congress he said, “I cannot omit the occasion to congratulate you and my country in the success of the experiment nor to repeat my fervent supplications to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and Sovereign Arbiter of nations that his Providential care may still be extended to the United States, that the virtue and happiness of the people may be preserved, and that the government which they have instituted for the protection of their liberties may be perpetual.”
In a speech to the Delaware Chiefs in 1779he said, “Brothers, …you do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.”
In writing to the Reverend William Gordon in 1781: “We have… abundant reason to thank
Our nation needs a man of George Washington’s character to lead us. While waiting for that leader, we might all benefit from mimicking his ways in our daily lives.
Read more about George Washington:
1776, David McCullough
The Real George Washington, Jay A. Parry, Andrew M. Allison
Sacred Fire, Peter Lillback
George Washington: “An Instrument in the Hands of
Carla Garrison follows current events with one eye on history and the other on the future. Her goal is to encourage people to know the truth and use it as a call to personal action. Read more at Truth be Told.
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