George Washington’s Farewell Address to the American People

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Note: I am reposting this address as it was the topic of the Continental Congress 2009 discussion today.  Delegate after delegate were stunned to hear this address, as it seems Washington was predicting the calamity that has befallen the United States now.

Washington crossing the Delaware

Washington crossing the Delaware

In continued celebration of Constitution Day, September 17,  a focus on President George Washington’s Farewell Address to the American People seems both appropriate and timely.

Washington had stunned his colleagues by refusing to stand as a candidate for President as the United States prepared for its second Presidential election, explaining why it was necessary for him personally and for the growth of the young country. The spirit of liberty and the administration of a government based on these principles deeply motivated Washington:

Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; than, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete, by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing, as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation, which is yet a stranger to it. [emphasis added]

Washington’s farewell address then went on to both advise and warn us of the dangers that would be ever-present in the governance and administration of America:

All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all…However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.


Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. [emphasis added]

A caution clearly stated regarding innovation, that is, amendment of the Constitution.  The phrase ‘irregular oppositions to it’s acknowledged authority’ is critical as we examine today’s almost daily regular opposition to its authority by our elected representatives.  The insidious forces, the daily insults, which seem to shift the meaning of our founding documents’ intent, are a kind of death by a thousand cuts I believe Washington was warning of:

One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the constitution, alterations, which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.

An increasing portion of the American population clearly understands that  a fundamental basis of the  ‘taxpayer’s movement’ is the Constitution…and that it is necessary to use the tools and directives that our founders gave us to restore and maintain its existence.  On this 17th day of September, let us never forget the document that to this day is the law of our land.

9/12/09 Washington, D.C.    2009 drkate

9/12/09 Washington,D.C. © 2009 drkate

28 Responses to “George Washington’s Farewell Address to the American People”

  1. 1 Katie September 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    …”However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people, and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

    George Washington knew. It’s like he had a crystal ball.

  2. 3 No-nonsense-nancy September 18, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Thanks, Dr. Kate, I had read this before, I beleive, but it is good to see it again. I’m sure all of the framers knew what could happen to our country and our constitution. I’m not really a believer in reincarnation but if I were I might think that they are reincarnated into these brave men and women who are leading this movement to restore our constitutional republic.
    Many of the women of the day had an influence over what went into the wording of the constitution, also. Koki Roberts(I know, she is MSM) wrote a very good book, Founding Mothers, which gives a very good history of the women involved in the revolution. She has another book out since that one but I can’t remember the name of it.

    The book that I bought for my 9 year old grandson at Mt. Vernon the other day is called George Vs George giving a comparison of GW and King George 111. It gives both sides of the revolution. I feel strongly that one way to combat all of this indocrination of our youth is to educate them to the values and principles which are the foundation of our country. The old saying “fight fire with fire” comes to mind.

  3. 4 Don November 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    It’s hard to believe that any politicians had good sense until I read documents from the Founding Fathers. They were smart. What happened??

  4. 5 Philo-Publius November 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

    What happened? Public schools.

  5. 6 cajunpatriot November 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I have thought for a long time that we should just call them what they are: government schools. Public schools sound so innocuous. If we all started calling them Government schools, maybe more parents would connect the dots from their kids’ indoctrination to the state of country today. What do you think?


  6. 9 Papoose November 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Love it…Government Schools. Truth.

    Lest we forget:

    We’re going to have to change our history, Barak is going to command you into action, fools.

    h/t beckwith

    LOOK at what they have accomplished, thus far. They shat upon George Washington long ago.

  7. 10 Don November 18, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I can remember when I went to school, they taught Civics which included the Constitution. When did the “government” schools quit teaching the Constitution?

  8. 11 Katie November 18, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Has typing and the use of computers contributed to a serious misinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution, especially with respect to Article II, Section 1, Clause 5? This clause lists the eligibility requirements for the Office of President.

  9. 13 alforhill50 November 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

    drkate OT. If you are around to answer, ponder this. Why would the Obama Admistration deny Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth Mogul Richard Schrushy an opportunity for an appeal before the Supereme Court. I heard this yesterday on local news. Siegelman was convicted of corruption charges and it involved Karl Rove somehow. The only thing I can think of remotely is that early endorser of Obama, Cong. Artur Davis is planning a run for Governor and he plans to pave the way for his “buddy” to have a smooth run without Seigelman running to out whom the real corruptors are. Somehow Repub. Bob Reilly is involved in all this up to his eyeballs. Any thoughts on this.

    • 14 alforhill50 November 18, 2009 at 10:41 am

      In case you are not familiar with this case, it involved the U.S. attorney firings under GWB. Artur Davis is an Alabama congressman.

  10. 15 alforhill50 November 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Oh goody goody. Put a few more sinkers on the ole fishing line

    Obama’s Ratings Dive Bomb ……….. Down -14 and sinking like a stone

  11. 17 IL.Blue November 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Dr.Kate,

    Finally posted this one for you.

    Public schools, hmm I disliked them the first week my first child went to them many years ago. Moved to another part of town and what was reported as best school then..differant name..same programs, worthless imho. And I have been saying that for many over 30yrs to dismay of most who hear it from me.

    And don’t forget lib for 40+ yrs . But values need to tranfer from home to school and back again to be worthwhile .

  12. 18 tminu November 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Rev. Manning says he is to be arrested by Homeland Security for speaking about Obama’s ineligibility.

    Alex Jones predicts Obama will have him murdered.

    • 19 Quantum Leap November 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm

      What? Manning? Going to be arrested for publicly disagreeing with o bow wow? Holy cow. That not what we do in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Talk about spiritual warfare.

    • 20 Quantum Leap November 19, 2009 at 12:13 am

      God protect you Rev Manning. 😥

  13. 24 kay November 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Here’s another video of Dr. James Manning…
    This is FANTASTIC!!!!

    • 25 Drew November 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm

      Procedure to Court Martial Barack Hussein Obama

      The following is the Constitutional Authority for the removal for Barack Hussein Obama as the check to political balance which has been neutralized by the Legislative and Judicial in failing to uphold the Constitution.


      The court martial is only 3 to 4 officers assembled, a prosecutor and a provided defense attorney for Mr. Obama.

      Upon the evidence, the officers of the general court martial pass sentence from death, prison, to dishonorable discharge to bad conduct.

      Once this legal Constitutional Court convicts Mr. Obama, he is immediately ineligable to occupy the White House and can be taken into custody without parole for immediate imprisonment in a military prison such as Fort Leavenworth.

      Mr. Obama could not appeal to Congress nor the Courts, but only to the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces. Only 20% of those cases though are reviewed per year.

      Only if the Court of Appeals agrees may a case then be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

      The entire Military Code of Justice was designed to keep political whims from supplanting justice, the code is therefore administered by officers and gentlemen.

      The civilian legalites would prefer that ‘only impeachment’ can remove an Executive, but the Constitutional Law opens up vast arenas of those Citizens representing bodies within the United States proper.

      Mr. Obama could be removed by court martial and once that was accomplished, no orders he would give to the military would be no longer followed, and, by Constitutional Law a convicted criminal could no longer administer the Office of the President.

      The legalites would claim this does not exist in the Constitution, but in fact it does as the brilliant fail safe of the Founders Inspired by God.

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