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Patriot Papers No. 2, “Lessons from Our Patriot Father”, is found on Constitutional Government. It begins with a quote from George Washington:
It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity, but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn…The virtue, moderation, and patriotism which marked the steps of the American people in framing, adopting and thus far carrying into effect our present system of government has excited the admiration of nations; and it only now remains for us to act up to those principles which should characterize a free and enlightened people… –George Washington 1791
Virtue, moderation, and patriotism. Who among our so-called government stands for these principles? Do they matter today?