George Washington Farewell Address: Advice for the 2018 elections
SAN JOSE: Anticipating the 2018 elections, it may be that politicians, and voters, should read George Washington’s Farewell Address.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton claimed that Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, was meaningless. America is already great, she insisted. Then her pronouncement was a borderline denial of reality. And, the American people expressed their confidence in someone who recognized the reality that most American people confronted every day.
Ms. Clinton was the top Democrat in 2016, but could not connect to the heart of the people.
The President remains victorious as he works the Trump agenda. This despite attacks from the “Democratic” Party via the mainstream media. Regardless of the George Soros domestic terror squads known as Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Even establishment Republicans have been unable to stop the “winning” Trump agenda.
Nearly two full years after the election, Democrat leadership is still stewing in various states of denial. Yet, Trump forges ahead despite the resistance of an unholy alliance against his efforts to Make America Great Again.
Had Hillary Clinton been victorious she would not have been about America being great. Or American’s lives better. The goals of the DNC would have driven the United States closer to a globalist version of socialism.
The 2016 election, as bizarre as it was, may very well have been a turning point for the United States.
Americans were provided a choice of two extremes. And although the contrasts between Clinton and Trump are stark, the real choice for Americans is at the core of each political party. Which is still the case in the 2018 midterm elections.
In 2016, the choice was between the political leadership of the nation and the people themselves. Between the elitist views of the political leaders, as well as the shadowed attitudes of the donor class. All opposed to the populist sentiments rising up from the grassroots.
The “deplorables” found a unifying voice in Donald Trump.
Defying the odds as an egotistical, unpolished, outsider Donald Trump was at the core of the populist uprising. Trump’s message is getting America back on its feet. Getting America back to work, focusing on what made it great in the past.
Donald Trump became the voice of the people. Clinton was viewed as the voice of the Democrats.
But that voice, that message of the “Democratic” Party did not ring true with the American voter in 2016. It seems even less compelling in 2018. Supporters of Bernie Sanders have swayed their Party even farther down the path toward socialism. A move that is antithetical to the heart of the values embedded in the cornerstone of what made America great in the first place.
As Americans consider the 2018 midterm elections, they should be reflecting on American values. Values that are embedded in the cornerstone of what made America great in the first place. However, even deeper is a concept of heart that one of the nation’s greatest presidents expressed as he was relinquishing his office.
The ideals of George Washington in his Farewell Address
Although George Washington referred to many issues in his “Farewell Address,” he touched upon something at the heart of the deep ideals, principles, and values in the cornerstone of the nation. Washington revealed the heart of the matter when he touched upon the love of country. The love of freedom itself as critical for the nation’s survival.
Instead of the values of George Soros, in November, they need to reflect on history. And act upon the values of George Washington as reflected in his Farewell Address.
Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.
The unity of government which constitutes you, one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is the 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.
For this, you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.
Washington offered his insights to his fellow Americans and urged them to see more deeply that which has provided the foundation for the Land of the Free. He warned, in fact, against parties. He envisioned the potential for loyalty to Party replacing loyalty to country.
If the heart of the Republic is to survive beyond 2018, Americans need to return to the heart of the matter when they cast their votes in November.