Today is George Washington’s birthday.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Washington served as a general and commander-in-chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution, and later became the first president of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. He died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia. …
George Washington could trace his family’s presence in North America to his great-grandfather, John Washington, who migrated from England to Virginia. The family held some distinction in England and was granted land by Henry VIII. Much of the family’s wealth was lost during the Puritan revolution and in 1657 George’s grandfather, Lawrence Washington, migrated to Virginia. Little information is available about the family in North America until George’s father, Augustine, who was born in 1694.
Augustine Washington was an ambitious man who acquired land and slaves, built mills, and grew tobacco. For a time, he had an interest in opening iron mines. He married his first wife, Jane Butler and they had three children. Jane died in 1729 and Augustine married Mary Ball in 1731. George was the eldest of Augustine and Mary’s six children, all of which survived into adulthood. The family lived on Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia. They were moderately prosperous members of Virginia’s “middling class.”
Augustine moved the family up the Potomac River to another Washington family home, Little Hunting Creek Plantation, (later renamed Mount Vernon) in 1735 and then moved again in 1738 to Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock River, opposite Fredericksburg, Virginia, where George Washington spent much of his youth.
Last year, our Washington’s Birthday post was dedicated to comparing and contrasting the first president with the current resident of the White House. Needless to say, the current resident came out lacking.
Somehow, we can’t believe that, even if Washington were alive today, he would stoop to such antics. Washington had too much dignity, intelligence, and respect for the country and the office he held to engage in similar “most diminishing [to the presidency] moments.”
Obama recently bragged about making “some booze” in the White House (where, despite Obama’s imagination, George Washington never lived). Obama has also spoken and written, slyly, with seeming braggadocio, about his use of illegal drugs:
Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though …
What soaring rhetoric! What excellent discourse! What inspiration!
What an embarrassment!
Now a quote from George Washington:
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.
What would George Washington say today about a president, such as our current White House resident, who speaks, always, in a manner that serves to divide us, rather than to unite us as one People?
p.s. I wrote this post days ago and put it in the pipeline to be published on George Washington’s REAL birthday. Since I wrote this, others have published stories similar to what I tried to say, comparing Barry’s antics with the First President. See here and here, for just two stories about “President Buzzfeed”, which were recommended by our readers.