Class Notes

When George Washington decided to step down and not run for a third term, he released an address to his people.  In his “Farewell Address,” he admonished the people to follow his advice in two areas.  First, he warned the people about factions (political parties) and how they would divide us.  Secondly, he warned us to stay out of foreign entanglements.  We were too young to get caught up in Europe’s problems and wars.  We took the second warning to heart and did not get into foreign wars until the 20th Century, and even then, we had to be dragged in.  Too bad we did not listen to his first piece of advice.  Washington had flaws like all men, but taken as a whole he was a great man who led this country wisely and deserves our respect.

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