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America needs to heed the advice of George Washington

George Washington's farewell address has some pointed messages for American politicians in the 21st century.
George Washington's farewell address has some pointed messages for American politicians in the 21st century.

The first president of the United States in George Washington offers some brilliant advice for American politicians of our time and our national leaders should have the wisdom to follow it. In Washington’s farewell address, some of the very issues plaguing our nation are directly addressed in the telling words of Washington.

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

According to Washington the prevailing religious authority of the time was the foundation for our national morality. Deviating from these basic truths would guarantee a decline in the moral character of both leaders and citizens. This is precisely what we have happening right now.

Overindulgence and a preoccupation of sexual pursuits are rotting away the integrity of our national character. Adultery, fornication, and pornography are issues affecting the workplace, politics, our military, and education. Bullying with sexual overtones is a national epidemic. The lusts of the flesh cannot be managed without self-control according to the Bible. As demonstrated by proceeding dynasties before America, no culture can survive degradation of its own foundational values. It is suicide.

"It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism."

Did someone say tyranny?

Washington warned that the separation of powers should be maintained within each respective branch of government. Encroachment is now a policy in America when political expediency becomes the end result.

The judicial branch and executive branch expansion beyond their constitutional powers is making the legislative branch irrelevant in light of their constitutional law making power. While the executive branch continues to create policy, the judicial branch also is competing with the legislature’s responsibility to create the laws by broadly and liberally interpreting existing laws. Orders from the bench are being routinely declared.

Blizzards of lawsuits filed is strangling referendums of the people should a handful disagree, and the judicial stretch into our daily lives is ever advancing.

"The Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government. 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.."

From the national Constitution all the way down to city ordinances, picking and choosing portions of the law to disobey regardless of reason leads to destructive conclusions. Within the last decade personal disobedience by public officials to laws deemed unfair has led to a national display of refusing to obey certain laws if a leader feels a personal obligation. Washington warned that this breeds factionalism and imparts destructive forces in the government.

The factionalism that exists in our government was prophesied by Washington to the letter as political parties have taken on an adversarial role instead of one of mutual cooperation. Having your political way at the expense of effectiveness for all the people has become a sad reality.

The poison of helping the opposing party fail even if it means creating harm for the people you are suppose to govern is a toxic elixir. It will guarantee mutually assured destruction according to Washington. He built this country and he should know.

Deuteronomy 28 of the Old Testament in the Bible details the blessings and cursing of the law and what happens should a country reject or ignore the word of God. George Washington was quite aware of the Bible’s edicts which formed Washington’s belief that you cannot govern apart from God and the Bible. These foundational truths explain why so much of our early societal structure reflected Bible principles.

The wisdom of Washington indicates how far off course our country has drifted. We clearly need a course correction.

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