He is called The Father of Our Country. Everybody knows the image of his face that was memorialized on the dollar bill, and everybody knows he was
Some 20 years before the Revolutionary War,
Based on his role as a brigadier general in the Monongahela Expedition of 1758, he is considered a major player in the founding of
Throughout the Revolutionary War his troops were greatly outnumbered and underequipped, and experienced defeat more often than triumph. But his intelligence, especially as manifested in his knack for trickery and espionage, led the way to ultimate victory. His crossing of the
Modern day America-bashers like to denigrate
In the interest of getting information “straight from the horse’s mouth,” here are some of the things he wrote and said during his time on earth:
The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army…We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all…
There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
I am embarked on a wide ocean, boundless in its prospects, and in which, perhaps, no safe harbor is to be found.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.
I look forward, with a kind of political faith, to scenes of national happiness, which have not heretofore been offered for the fruition of the most favored nations. The natural, political, and moral circumstances of our nascent empire justify the anticipation.
I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one’s life, the foundation of happiness or misery.
’Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.
My manner of living is plain, a glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready, and such as will be content to partake of that are always welcome.
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.
Note: This post is almost identical to the one published last year, and other than updating the number of years that have passed since Washington's birth, none of the changes have anything to do with the facts.