President George Washington Delivered His Farewell Address - September 19
- 2016 19 Sep
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolken, tells of man's lust for "the ring of power." George Washington had that power and gave it up. He led the Continental Army to victory in the Revolution, then resigned. When King George III was told of Washington's plan to resign, the King responded "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world." Washington served two terms as President then returned to farming. This was like the Roman leader Cincinnatus, who twice led the Roman Republic to victory in battle then twice returned to farming. On SEPTEMBER 19, 1796, the world stood in awe as President George Washington delivered his Farewell Address. He stated: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars...Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion." George Washington continued: "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle...Morality is a necessary spring of popular government...Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?"