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Ten Key Facts About George Washington

By December 31, 2011

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George Washington is a fascinating and heroic figure in America's past. Born on February 22, 1732, he was the Commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Congress, and of course the first president of the United States. Learn more with these 10 Key Facts to Know About George Washington.

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January 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(1) Gerry Seaquist says:

Enjoy your info very much. Believe you should have included in you 10 facts about Washington his feelings on political parties: he felt political parties or single persons or grpup seizing control of U.S. domination of one party over another leads to permarent dispotism as each party seeks to gain more power over the other. The congress is the peoples and the states branch not the polital party the congress mis made up of politiacal parties and seek to advance the agenda of the parties and not the people. We the people not we the parties is what the Constitutions demands. The discontent in the U.S. has been caused by the political parties.

January 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm
(2) Sandi says:

From Washington’s Farewell Address:

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.

The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.

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