Washington’s Farewell Address

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George Washington was elected as our first President of the United States unanimously in 1789. He dedicated approximately forty-five years of his life to public service. At the end of his second term in 1796, he published what is known as his Farewell Address, directed to the people of the United States of America. Although never given publically as a speech, the Address was published in several newspapers and was later made into pamphlets. Washington’s Farewell Address is one of his most famous and enjoyed speeches at the closing of his career as a soldier, founding father, and leader of this country. His Farewell Address is still a widely respected document to this day and speaks of sound political and moral values, many of which…show more content…
Taking religion away from the system invalidates everything it was created to uphold. Washington is clear that the key to the prosperity of the United States lies in its religious principles. Washington continues his warnings regarding the use of public credit and the establishment of permanent foreign alliances with other nations. He urges to use credit sparingly and underlines the importance of having a balanced budget. Washington also urges paying off the debts of wars in times of peace, in the form of taxes, so that future generations do not have to pay for a prior generation’s battles. Next he issues the warning, “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” This was mainly in his opposition with any alliance with France or Britain, as he did not want to be forced into a war that was not ours to fight. But Washington was realistic when he stated that temporary alliances may be necessary during “extraordinary emergencies” for the protection of the country. In conclusion, Washington’s Farewell Address is still a relevant document that should be continually analyzed for its important message to the American people. He envisioned a government that protected our liberty and ensured the freedoms we still enjoy today. If only our current politicians would turn to this early document for direction more often, we may see a

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