A free Government
command respect of the world
Taken from the 1st Inaugural Address of George Washington.
President Washington said, “By the article establishing the Executive Department, it is made the duty of the President “to recommend to your consideration, such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The circumstances under which I now meet you, will acquit me from entering into that subject, farther than to refer to the Great Constitutional Charter under which you are assembled; and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given. It will be more consistent with those circumstances, and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications, I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no seperate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world.“
I like President Washington.
I like President Washington a lot.
But, by george, from this distance, did he have make it look so easy.
How did we get from President Washington to “Is it possible that a president who has spent four years lying to the American people now assumes that everyone is lying? Or can he simply no longer distinguish between fact and fiction, between conspiracy theories spread by fringe “news” outlets such as the One America News Network and observable reality? What sane human being could imagine that America wanted to hear that George Floyd was smiling down from heaven at the day’s modestly improved job reports?“, as written in today’s Guardian in the opinion piece, “The gap between Trump’s world and reality is widening. It’s disturbing to watch” by Francine Prose, a former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Oh, woe is US.
I have to admit I think the use of the lower case p here is on purpose.
I endorse such a measure.