George WashingtonAmerican Soldier, Farmer, Statesman
Hello, I'm George Washington and I am delighted you stopped by for a visit. Since you are here, let me share with you some of my thoughts on the founding of our country. I was there, of course, from before the Declaration of Independence in 1776, to beyond the writing and signing of the Constitution in 1787. I served two terms as President from 1789 until 1797. What a learning experience!
Along with most of the founding fathers, I was a student of liberty from my earliest recollection. One of the unique circumstances of that time was our unity. We were in total opposition to the extremes of British control of the thirteen colonies. All of us were united in a single cause. And in unity, of course, lies much strength.
Yes, we had differing opinions among us on just how to wrest back control of our liberties. We were, never-the-less, completely united in our goal of being a free people. And, for the most part, we wanted to govern ourselves. But, we had little idea, at first, of just what that would entail.
The Articles of Confederation was our first effort, but with the Revolutionary War going on we just didn't get it quite right. But, with our second effort, the drafting (1787)and ratifying (1789) of the Constitution of the United States, we did get it right.
In order to ensure the creation of a governing entity that would stand the test of time, we studied many political theories and many examples of past and present governments. We sometimes focused on the ancient Greek City States, the Roman Republics or the European States from which most of our colonists had come. And, we relied heavily on our own British colonial government experiences.
We learned, from our study, that the form of government we thought best suited our needs was a Republic (elective representative democracy). It seemed to us to be the best hope of our aspirations. We wanted to create something that was built upon correct principles, something of permanence, something we could look back upon with creative patriotic satisfaction.
So we studied, we debated in the local taverns, we wrote editorial letters to our local newspapers (and to each other), and we planned our freedom. We did what few other groups of citizens in the history of the world have ever done. We not only had to find the keys to successful governance, but at the same time we had to organize a citizen army and fight for our freedom.
Since "vigilance is the price of liberty" (i.e. keeping a watchful eye on those who would erode our freedoms) it is, therefore, important for us to have a clear understanding of the principles upon which our freedoms rest. These principles are embedded in our American founding documents.
I would like to invite you to join with me as we look at these founding Charters of Freedom that helped frame our new country. After all, Patriots should constantly remind themselves, and others, of the principles that keep us free.
If you are someone who would like to know more about the founding of our country, or more about liberty and what it takes to remain a free people, then studying our founding documents of freedom is an important step toward that goal. It's quite simple, really. If you don't know what keeps you free, then you won't be able to defend yourself against the enemies of freedom.
I thank you for your interest in advancing the cause of liberty. I believe you just might be made of that same "sterner stuff" from which we early American Patriots were made. I invite you to join with me, and with other "Founding Fathers," in an exploration of liberty. Please enjoy what you find!
Yours in Liberty,
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