George Washington at 279 (Born Feb 22, 1732) Part 11(The Wilburn Brothers, Famous Arkansans)

Steeling the Mind Bible Conference Pt 3 of 6 David Barton

In the next few days I will post portions of George Washington’s Farewell 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.

Foreign “attachments” are “alarming” because they open the door to foreigners who might:

  1. “tamper with domestic factions”
  2. “practise the arts of seduction”
  3. “mislead public opinion”
  4. influence “Public Councils.”


Washington’s own words:

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practise the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak toward a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter. 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. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial, else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.

Trivia about George Washington:

Washington died on December 14, 1799 of a throat infection and was mourned by the nation for months.

— At his death, Washington owned more than 300 slaves. They were emancipated in his will and some were paid pensions for decades.

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