The Foreign Policy of George Washington

By |2020-04-30T10:13:00-05:00August 20th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Constitution, Featured, Federalist Papers, George Washington, James Madison, War|

The war between France and Great Britain was the first major crisis faced by the country under the new Constitution. It was a test that the Washington Administration helped the nation pass with flying colors. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Gary J. Schmitt as he explores [...]

Address to the Newburgh Conspirators

By |2020-04-06T15:25:13-05:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, George Washington|

“The secret mover of this scheme intended to take advantage of the passions, while they were warmed by the recollection of past distresses, without giving time for cool, deliberative thinking.” In March of 1783, George Washington’s Continental Army was encamped near Newburgh, New York. The war not yet over, though victory was within reach. [...]

Imagining the Father of Our Country

By |2020-02-20T14:30:58-06:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: George Washington, Imagination, John Quincy Adams, Quotation|

Would it be an unlicensed trespass of the imagination to conceive, that on the night preceding the day of which you now commemorate the fiftieth anniversary—on the night preceding that thirtieth of April, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, when from the balcony of your city-hall, the chancellor of the state of New York, administered [...]

It’s Washington’s Birthday, Not Presidents’ Day

By |2019-02-14T12:02:25-06:00February 20th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, George Washington, Gleaves Whitney, Presidency|

True to principle, George Washington relinquished the power that was his for the taking. Why don’t more American children know that?… People ask why a few of us presidential junkies would like to see Presidents’ Day changed back to Washington’s Birthday. The technical explanation has to do with a misguided law called HR 15951 [...]

Restoring the Foreign Policy of the Founding Fathers

By |2020-07-25T10:17:46-05:00January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Foreign Affairs, George Washington, Russell Kirk|

Perhaps if we offer shelter to the poor and honor the wishes of our founders, we could end our abject imperialism and restore a foreign policy worthy of a republic. Is there a conservative foreign policy? If so, no one person has articulated it well enough to create a consensus among those on the [...]

Presidential Farewell Addresses

By |2017-03-29T01:12:34-05:00January 10th, 2017|Categories: Barack Obama, George Washington, Gleaves Whitney, Presidency|

Presidential farewells constitute a great American conversation among the nation’s chief executives and open our view onto a large and detailed panorama of the past… Farewell, Mr. President Tonight, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address to the nation. The occasion will be only the tenth time in U.S. history that [...]

The Character of George Washington

By |2017-02-04T12:22:22-06:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Character, Featured, George Washington, History|

In moral qualities, the character of George Washington is the most truly dignified that was ever presented to the respect and admiration of mankind… Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Washington and the Generals of the American Revolution, by Rufus Wilmot Griswold and William Gilmore Simms (1847). An attentive examination of the whole [...]

The Education of a President

By |2017-02-23T00:24:34-06:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Classical Education, Education, Featured, George Washington, Gleaves Whitney, History, Liberal Learning, Presidency|

The lack of schooling in the formation of one of every four U.S. presidents underscores the paradox that even the most humble among them were often great champions of education in general and of the liberal arts in particular… Can the liberal arts prepare citizens for leadership? Most of us in higher education want [...]

The Principles That Bind Us: The Jubilee of the Constitution

By |2020-06-15T14:29:56-05:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, George Washington, History, John Quincy Adams|

“Lay up the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in your hearts, and in your soul—teach them to your children—cling to them as to the issues of life—adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation.” John Quincy Adams, at the time a former President of the United States [...]

Was George Washington a Christian?

By |2016-10-07T20:06:57-05:00October 7th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, George Washington, History, Politics|

One of the most illogical historical debates I’ve ever tried to follow concerns the personal religious conviction of our founding father George Washington. Presently there seem to be two opposing schools of propagandists. They can be divided more or less into Beckites and Obamaites, and both seem obsessed with Washington’s theological leanings. The generally [...]

First Inaugural Address

By |2020-04-30T10:41:12-05:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, George Washington, Liberty|

The foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality. There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event [...]

The Stolen Stars

By |2016-04-16T22:22:30-05:00April 17th, 2016|Categories: George Washington, Poetry|

When good old Father Washington Was just about to die He called our Uncle Samuel Unto his bedside nigh: “This flag I give you, Sammy dear,” Said Washington, said he; “Where’er it floats, on land or wave, My children shall be free.” And fine old Uncle Samuel He took the flag from him, And [...]

A Tale of Two Homes and Two Statesmen

By |2019-07-23T15:03:30-05:00January 4th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Bruce Frohnen, Featured, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson|

Both Mount Vernon and Monticello are imposing estates. Both Washington and Jefferson were imposing historical figures. What do the homes tell us about the statesmen? Quite a bit. Practically since the nation’s founding, there have been those, particularly among intellectuals, who deprecate the reserved, stoic, and to some stolid Washington. Such people much prefer [...]

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