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E Pluribus Unum – The Love of One, the Preservation of the Other

1796 “While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionally greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what […]

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What’s in It for Me? – George Washington’s Farewell Address

1796 “But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole. The North, in an unrestrained intercourse with the South, protected […]

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The Name of American & Slight Shades of Difference

1796 “For this [protecting your unity] 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 […]

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Palladium – How America Lost Her Unity

1796 “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 a main pillar in the edifice of […]

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The Advice of a Disinterested Friend

1796 “Here, perhaps, I ought to stop. But a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge me, on an occasion like the present, to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the […]

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A Father’s Prayer

1796 “In looking forward to the moment which is intended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude which I owe to my beloved country for the many honors it has conferred upon me; still more for the steadfast […]

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Humble Leadership

1796 “I rejoice that the state of your concerns, external as well as internal, no longer renders the pursuit of inclination incompatible with the sentiment of duty or propriety, and am persuaded, whatever partiality may be retained for my services, that, in the present circumstances of our country, you will not disapprove my determination to […]

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Sacrificing Self

1796 The acceptance of, and continuance hitherto in, the office to which your suffrages have twice called me have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to the opinion of duty and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire. I constantly hoped that it would have been much earlier in my power, consistently […]

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Service, Not Power

1796 “Friends and Fellow-Citizens: “The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, […]

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The Dutiful Citizen

1796 “I beg you, at the same time, to do me the justice to be assured that this resolution has not been taken without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation which binds a dutiful citizen to his country; and that in withdrawing the tender of service, which silence in my […]

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Peace through Strength – North Korea & Iran vs. America

The world benefits from a strong America. Three American prisoners were being held in North Korea. Take a minute and let that sink in. Americans were being held against their will in hard labor prison camps. Now those three men are free. North Korea and South Korea are seeing tensions relaxing. While just a few […]

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Why Trump Endures

There is a mystery that has baffled the wisest among us. But today I reveal the answer. Today I reveal how and why Trump continues to endure though riddled with scandals, flip flops, and bad tweeting. Why the Left Doesn’t Understand The liberal mainstream media and the left (but I repeat myself) have been completely […]