George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 1

Glenn Beck discusses this topic with Peter Lillback and David Barton. Also discussed is the revisionist history done by the Progressives that has created the current widely held view that Washington was a Deist.

My son Wilson was born in Sept of 1996.  Shortly after that I got to go on a trip through New England with my sons Rett (9 yr) and Hunter (8yr) and we toured sites that were associated with our Founding Fathers. One of my favorites was Mt Vernon where George and Martha Washington lived.

It is fitting that today which is George Washington’s birthday that my son Hunter is back in Virginia and may get a chance to visit Mt Vernon again. He is attending a week of training  for the military and will be heading back for his second tour in 2012. He served in Iraq in 2008 and will be heading to Afghanistan next.

The first time we went to Mt Vernon he asked me why the sign said that no one could touch George Washington’s bed. I told him that over one million people visit Mt Vernon every year and if everyone touched the bed that it could fall apart. He had really wanted to say that he had touched George Washington’s bed.

In a way, we all want to be closely associated with our Founding Fathers. I was especially impressed with Washington’s Falwell Speech. In the next few days I will post portions of the speech (which really was just a newspaper article) but since it is so long I will put an outline of the speech that is provided by David Barton of Wallbuilders.


  1. Retirement from office.
    1. He realizes people must be thinking about his replacement, therefore he declines re-election.
    2. He has thought it through, and feels like it is in everyone’s best interest.
    3. He wanted to retire earlier, but foreign affairs and advice from those he respected caused him to “abandon the idea.”
    4. Now that everything is calm, he is persuaded that the people will not disapprove of this “determination to retire.”
    5. He is convinced his age forces retirement, and he welcomes the opportunity.
    6. He offers gratitude for the people’s support.
    7. He offers a blessing “that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence. . .”
  2. Scope of the Address.
    1. His sentiments are for the people’s “frequent review,” he wanted us to read and re-read the Address.
    2. His only motive was as a friend.
    3. He felt no need to recommend a love of liberty – it was already there.
  3. Unity of Government.
    1. Unity is a “main pillar” of “real independence”:
      1. for the support of “tranquility at home”
      2. for “your peace abroad”
      3. for “your safety”
      4. for “your prosperity”
      5. for “that very liberty which you so highly prize.”
    2. Common attributes of unity:
      1. same religion
      2. manners
      3. habits
      4. political principles.
    3. The most commanding motive is to preserve the “union of the whole.”
    4. The North, South, East, and West all depend on each other.
    5. Unity leads to greater strength, resources, and security.
    6. Unity will help “avoid the necessity of . . . overgrown military establishments” and will be the main “prop of your liberty.”
    7. He questions the patriotism of anyone who tries to “weaken its bands.”
    8. It was unity that brought two valuable treaties:
      1. with Great Britain
      2. with Spain.
    9. Government for the whole – via the Constitution – is indispensable; not just alliances between sections.
      1. the adoption of the Constitution was an improvement on the former “essay.”
      2. respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, and acquiescence in its measures are fundamental maxims of true liberty.
      3. the people’s right to alter constitutions is the basis of our political system.

Little known fact about George Washington:

George Washington the first President of the United States was a very enigmatic person. There are many fascinating anecdotes about the great man

The story of how George Washington, cut down a cherry tree with his new axe, is well known. The incident never happened. It was a story concocted by Washington’s biographer, Parson Mason Weems, years after his death.

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