As we sit idly by and watch what remains of our Southern heritage being dismantled by some people simply because they believe it appropriate and timely, I thought it proper to dust off George Washington’s farewell address, perhaps the most powerful prophetic piece in the republic’s early history.
After suggesting that a two-term presidency was enough and quite appropriate, he turned amongst other things to the divisiveness that accompanies a republic as it matures further, suggesting that its differences should and could be resolved with dignity and grace.
Mr. Washington, our founding father, was never supportive of the “peculiar institution” of slavery, and all of his slaves were freed upon his death.
Unfortunately, we have to assume that when this dismantling round is finished, another will start, and the attacks upon Washington and our other founding fathers will begin simply because there is no one left.
Whatever happened to the suggested resolution of differences by people of good faith with “dignity and grace”?
John S. Hill