Thursday, February 5, 2009

George Washington's Humility and Liberal Arrogance

It has always amazed me how humble George Washington was. When you think about what he did and the example he set, it is mind blowing. Many people wanted Washington to become the monarch of our new nation, which he declined. Many people wanted him to stay on as President for a 3rd term. He declined again. It would be like Frodo going to Mount Doom and actually choosing to throw he ring in. He had the chance at power, but out of humility and his sense of duty to liberty, he set the precedent that has endured of voluntarily laying down power.

Contrast this humility with the arrogance of an FDR. Instead of laying down power after two terms, he convinced himself that he had all the answers for an ailing US and won an unbelievable 4 terms. That is as close to a monarchy as we have had. I don't want to smear his war record, but on the domestic front, we are still living with the nightmare programs he created. Now fast-forward to today. We have a new President cut from a more expensive cloth as FDR. It is his first term, but the way he approaches things, I'm sure he will be calling for the repeal of the 22nd amendment, just as mayor bloomberg is doing in New York. Power is in the people, give it up.


Kansas Bob said...

Term limits are in our grasp if we will only lay down our ideology and NEVER vote for an incumbent. Maybe I can get a grass roots movement.. but I doubt that I can convince you to join Scott :)

jrchaard said...

I just wish our incumbents took a page out of history and didn't need to be voted out.

Anonymous said...

As George Washington said, "As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality."

Liberal comes from the word "liberalis" which means "fit for a citizen." It was understood by liberals of Washington's days understood that liberty requires both personal and social responsibility. He was the first person to sign the U.S. Constitution, which expands personal freedoms (entitlements such as the right to free speech, bear arms, and petition our leaders) specifically grants government the right to regulate private business, and specifically grants that taxes may be collected for whatever benefits the "general welfare" of society (See Article 8).

George Washington--like most of our founders, was a liberal--and was proud to proclaim it. Republicans and their friends in talk radio have been very shrewd in being able to fleece the public regarding the most tested and successful political philosophy of all ages.

jrchaard said...

A most interesting revision of History. I can very easily see how you would think that Washington would fight against an overbearing government, only to create a constitution that will ensure the government's ability to control private enterprise and raise taxes. Remember, it was only through amendment 150 years after Washington that allowed for an income tax. I believe that Washington was a classical liberal that believed government was there to protect the individual's rights.