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An American Anniversary
The Gift of the Thing Not Done
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  • MartyH

    Actions like this are what makes Washington our greatest President (though this occurred before his Presidency.) In this case and in refusing to run for a third Presidential term, he willingly gave up great power that was offered to him that a vainer or weaker man would have taken. Choices like these earn him the moniker “Father of our Country.”

  • FriendlyGoat

    And, they re-employed him in public life as president just a little over five years later after he also presided over the convention which drafted the Constitution.

  • Anthony

    It has been observed that the founding fathers were a historical fluke – noteworthy because (for their time) they happened to be men of broad learning and insights ready to defer to those of their own number. We haven’t seen any Washington…

  • mdmusterstone

    Washington is the only successful leader of a revolution to voluntarily relinquish power that
    I know of. What’s more I read that when George III heard what Washington was set on doing he

    supposedly said, “If he does that he will be the greatest man in the world.”

    • FriendlyGoat

      That may be a true quote, but we might wish George III had thought such a thing before putting us through a long war.

  • mdmusterstone

    And may I add that Washington earned his greatness it wasn’t “given” to him to increase his self esteem! Ah, those were the days. LOL

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I agree, George Washington is America’s greatest President, not for what he did as President, but for what he did before he was President in resisting the corruption of power. I look around the world and wonder if any other nation will ever be as blessed by Leadership on the level of Washington’s. Can any of us imagine the power hungry Obama, Putin, or Erdogan refusing a crown?

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