George Washington: Indispensable Man

By |2021-04-29T16:00:18-05:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Character, George Washington, Timeless Essays|

George Washington was acutely aware that he had become a legend in his time, a true myth, and he recognized that the presidency made possible the institutionalization of the role he had been playing. That is to say, he endowed the presidency with the capacity—and the awesome responsibility—to serve as the symbol of the nation, [...]

George Washington and the “Gift of Silence”

By |2021-02-20T21:04:00-06:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, Leadership, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

George Washington, the great actor, was playing his part in a great drama, not just for Americans of his day, but for you and me. Washington, the Stoic, used his “gift of silence” shrewdly, and surely it is his actions more than his words that echo down to us today. In December 2009, a letter [...]

George Washington Resigns His Military Commission

By |2020-12-28T11:27:17-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: American Founding, George Washington, History|

John Trumbull, who would memorialize this great event in a painting which—commissioned in 1817 by Congress—now hangs in the United States Capitol Rotunda, called Washington’s resignation “one of the highest moral lessons ever given to the world.” In an example of unrivaled statesmanship, General George Washington resigned his military commission at the State House in [...]

“Mount Rushmore”

By |2021-04-22T17:34:29-05:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Republic, Audio/Video, George Washington, History, Music, Thomas Jefferson|

Drawing from American musical sources and texts, Michael Dougherty's composition for chorus and orchestra echoes the resonance and dissonance of Mount Rushmore as a complex icon of American history. Like Mount Rushmore, the libretto is carved out of the words of each President. Mount Rushmore (2010) for chorus and orchestra is inspired by the monumental [...]

The Battle of Jumonville Glen: The French & Indian War Begins

By |2020-07-24T17:15:26-05:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: George Washington, History, War|

While the Battle of Jumonville Glen may not be considered the start of the war from the British perspective, it resulted in an expanded colonial conflict engulfing the world in violence, which then began the rift between Britain and their colonists that set the stage for the American Revolution. In a wooded clearing overlooking an [...]

George Washington: American Aurelius

By |2020-02-21T15:35:06-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, George Washington, Government, History, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

In his own day, George Washington served as a pillar of Atlantis, recognized not only for his willingness to sacrifice his life for the great Republic, but also as the founder of the first serious Republic a weary world had witnessed in centuries. He deserves the title “the American Marcus Aurelius.” In his own day [...]

George Washington and the Patience of Power

By |2020-03-01T02:47:33-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, History, Timeless Essays, Virtue, War|

What enabled George Washington to be so different from other victorious commanders? He had little innate patience but held immense power. How—and where—did he learn patience? Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join David Hein, as he considers the virtues that endowed George Washington with perseverance and strength [...]

When George Washington Hosted Orthodox Christian Friends at New Year’s 1788

By |2021-04-22T17:39:55-05:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Christianity, George Washington|

As New Year’s 1788 approached, two Orthodox Christians visiting from London arrived at Mount Vernon to visit George and Martha Washington. This married couple, who were to spend the next few days with the retired General, were an unusual pair with unique transatlantic connections. The husband, John Paradise, spoke ancient and modern Greek, Latin, Turkish, French, [...]

Studies in Virtue: George Washington & George Marshall

By |2019-01-16T21:55:56-06:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Character, George Washington, Leadership|

What George Washington and George Marshall have to say to us has to do most of all with the ethical claims of the virtue of duty. Teachers would ably fulfill their calling if they convey to their students their conviction that civil society is best understood and entered into as a partnership in every virtue, [...]

Was George Washington a Christian?

By |2020-12-13T19:53:05-06:00March 19th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, George Washington, History, Paul Gottfried, Politics, Timeless Essays|

The depth of George Washington’s Christian beliefs is totally irrelevant to his vision of the country he helped found. It is only our American obsession with personal authenticity that would cause us to worry about whether Washington was inwardly Christian. One of the most illogical historical debates I’ve ever tried to follow concerns the personal [...]

Liberals, Conservatives, and the American Presidency

By |2020-11-02T15:37:45-06:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: Featured, George Washington, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

Immediate popular majorities do not bestow greatness on statesmen. Rather, it is the longview of history and experience that will be the arbiters of the place each of our presidents will ultimately find. The office of the presidency has always been controversial. Born of the Founders’ struggle to create a stable republican political order, it [...]

George Washington & the Patience of Power

By |2020-02-20T23:32:41-06:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, George Washington, History, Virtue, War|

In his courage and perseverance throughout the Revolution, George Washington revealed his reliance on patience—and feelingly used the word when referring to his men at Valley Forge. In contemporary American society, the relationship between patience and power is often wary and distant: If people have power, then they won’t have to wait. Recently, however, these two [...]

Promised Land, Crusader State: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1776

By |2021-02-01T14:48:55-06:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Federalist Papers, George Washington, History, Jamestown, National Security|

During her first century, America’s foreign policy closely guarded her place as a holy land, set apart from the wicked Old World. The purpose of foreign policy was to keep the corrupt outer world from shaping our nation. Who are we, we Americans? Are we champions of liberty, both civil and religious, both at home [...]

Luther Martin of Maryland & the Constitutional Convention

By |2021-04-22T19:24:44-05:00September 16th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, George Mason, George Washington, History, John Marshall|

Luther Martin understood human nature with a genius of sheer power, foresight, and brilliance. He believed that there can be no union without subsidiarity because without it, governments run with the cyclical and typical tyrannies of humankind. Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, The Life of Luther Martin, by Bill Kauffman (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008) “Happiness is [...]

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