Thursday, December 14, 2006
Today in 1799 : George Washington dies
George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, died of acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. His friend Henry Lee provided a famous eulogy: "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
With regard to the United Nations, UNESCO, NAFTA, CAFTA and the coming of the North American Union, this day we ought to remember his words:
'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world. - Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. - Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
But if we are to be told by a foreign Power ... what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little. - letter to Alexander Hamilton, May 8, 1796