Lest we forget whose children we are…we are proud Americans charged with a responsibility to carry the torch of liberty for God and Country, forged out of great personal sacrifice and passed on to us by our forefathers. During the Revolutionary War, King George III dubbed his enemy, our nation’s founding father, “the greatest man in the world”. What kind of man was George Washington to cause his foe to hold him in such high regard?
Here’s a description of Washington from a colleague: “His mind was great and powerful … as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion…. Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw doubt, but, when once decided, going through his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known…. He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good and a great man … On the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect … it may truly be said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great….” –quote of Thomas Jefferson after George Washington’s death.
With our leadership failing us today, George Washington is one hero we can emulate as we look towards Independence Day. As Henry Clay aptly stated, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America”.
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” –John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765