Dear President Washington,

Welcome to the 21st century in America. Trust me, it’s more than a little weird writing to you.

Believe me, 500 words can’t cover the past 224 years, which is how long it has been since your address was printed announcing you would not run for another term as President. I believe our Senate reads your address each year as a tradition. It’s too bad they don’t listen to the words or take heed of the pitfalls you warned were facing leaders who would succeed you and your fellow founders. Traditions fall short when the reasons and the lessons are ignored.

I’m sitting here on the cusp of the year 2021. To paraphrase the past year is impossible. Suffice it to say in our current vernacular – it sucked. So, as I tried to think about burning the calendar and about the upcoming year, I found a book that had your farewell address. I read it again (I’ve read it before, but too many decades ago). Your recommendations and warnings were more than prescient.

Our country recently voted out a demagogue from the office you held. Your concerns were laid bare in our most recent history. As you know from your time and the renaissance teachings that informed you and your contemporaries, despots have a unique ability to engender a fervent following. Unfortunately, that human trait hasn’t evolved since your time.

You urged Americans to subordinate local jealousies to common national interests, and warned that emerging political parties could lead to the nation’s destruction through petty factionalism. Your warnings have gone unheeded, and political party tribalism is at its peak. Your address was read by those who were privileged to have the ability to read during your tenure.

If you were to speak to us today, your voice and your words could span the globe in real time. Oh, how I wish it were possible to hear your voice read the words developed for you before your second term by James Madison, and then edited and made more contemporary by Alexander Hamilton.

Your final edits and your personal contributions to this document are reflective of your own “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior.” The country you helped found needs a refresher course in what being America and American meant to you, and remind us of the fragility of the Constitution that you helped defend and bring to life.

“..The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages and countries has perpetuated 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.”

If you don’t mind, I’d like to continue my thoughts and questions with you. To be continued…

Yours truly,

(17) comments

Jim Jones

SevenBlack, We're playing by your rules now.

SevenBlack

Which are what exactly

Freecitizen

And finally SevenBlack, when you say you've "had it with you people", is that your unique way of asking to get along for the greater good? I've heard that a lot , particularly from Biden supporters, since the election: We need to agree to disagree and all work to get along. Since we've never had the opportunity to meet or speak to each other, I can only assume you mean "you people" in the most generous of contexts and are trying to get along. Or am I mistaken?

Whatsup

Seven blocktneeds to go home this ain't his home sound like a wanna be I heard this same rhetoric not too long ago from a person that was representing Kanye West

SevenBlack

My family has been in Wyoming since it was a territory but good try.

Freecitizen

SevenBlack: I never justified it; I compared it to 167 continuous days of rioting, looting and burning in other parts of the country which not a single leftist nor single major media personality acknowledged as being wrong, or condemned, and in fact justified and applauded. It was even praised as being more important for Social Justice than staying home or wearing masks. Myself, I never justified those riots, nor did I justify what happened yesterday. Comprehend much?

SevenBlack

Let me compare for you. One group is a group of systematically marginalized citizens whose ancestors were literally kidnapped, enslaved, and murdered by this country. This group continues to be disproportionately targeted by police and others and continues to be ignored despite having engaged in other forms of peaceful protest over the past 50 years. The other group is a group of misinformed people who have decided that they trust a reality tv star and online conspiracy theories over literally every other institution of government and decided to break in to the US Capital building after having lost 62 court cases and spending millions of dollars advocating for their cause. It's not the same. Not even close. When I say I've had it with you people this is what I mean. This deliberate ignorance and thinking that these two things are the same. They're not. I'm willing to work to get along with people who can agree with me that Trump was a failed experiment who has disgraced the republican party that my father belongs to and that I grew up with. I'm not willing to work with people who continue to glorify him and wear his name on their truck or their hat and act like he's more important than America itself. He is a traitor, an idiot, and he belongs in jail. Anybody who knows American history should be personally offended by his actions.

Freecitizen

You'll get along with people who agree with you! That is RICH! Are you planning Truth and Reconsiliation or a Re-education Camps for me? I'll have to assume by your long response to a simple question, when I asked if you were trying to "get along" with the other side as Biden and others have suggested, I'll assume your answer to me is "no".

SevenBlack

Freecitizen it's pretty clear you're a lost cause.

Freecitizen

Seven, you know well, or should, that 62 court cases were not lost. The courts refused to hear the cases. What sticks out to me is that the Wisconsin Supreme Court narrowly avoided hearing the case 4-3, and the Chief Justice of that court absolutely blasted the 4 who refused to hear the case, stating that he and the other 2 dissenters felt that the Trump team produced more than enough evidence to proceed. I doubt that he got that position by being uninformed. With respect to the last 4 years being a disaster, let's consider this...

Prior to the pandemic:

Almost 4 million jobs created since election in 2016.

The most employed Americans in history.

Creation of more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs and manufacturing jobs growing at the faster rate in more than three decades.

Economic growth hit 4.2% one quarter.

New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.

Median household income the highest ever recorded.

African-American unemployment recently was the lowest rate ever.

Asian-American unemployment recently the lowest rate ever.

Hispanic-American unemployment at the lowest rate ever.

Women’s unemployment reaching the lowest rate in 65 years.

Youth unemployment the lowest rate in nearly half a century.

Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.

Veterans unemployment reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.

Almost 3.9 million Americans have left food stamps since 2016.

The Pledge to America’s Workers has employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans and promoting vocational education.

Signed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in history. Over $300 billion poured back into the U.S. in the first quarter alone.

Trump tax bill produced lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years for small businesses.

Operation Warp Speed produced vaccines within unprecidented speed with the help of cutting red tape.

Hoards of illegal aliens stopped their caravans and mostly stopped coming across our Soveriegn border...at least by the hundreds or thousands at a time.

North Korea was lobbing missles over Japan and stopped

Yes, the last year was the pits, and this business about the Capitol is nothing to be proud of, but love it or hate it, the totality of the present administration has been a success for the health, wealth, and general wellbeing of it's citizens. We can now expect an open border, belicose rantings from N. Korea again (started), nuclear material enriched in Iran (started), and plenty of 1st and 2nd amendment infringements. I could go on, but you haven't even made it this far, I suspect, so will close here.

Freecitizen

Demagogue, my magnificent posterior. After calling our President and his supporters names for 4 years; elected leaders encouraging their supporters to follow and harrass supporters of the President; manufacturing lies which the press would incessantly regurgetate (thank you Adam Schiff, et al) which were ALL proven to be lies, you simply cannot hold your devisive opinion in the face of winning an election! Can we not have a moment's rest from it? Will your next article bemoan how it is now time to put away differences and come together for the common good and you can only get a handful of people to play in your sandbox? 75 million voters are now, obviously, going to be subject to ridicule and hatred for yet ANOTHER 4 years. Talk about your Sore Winners (if indeed you won) !

Booneyrat

I suppose you condone today's pathetic actions,brought on by your fearless leader,a patriotic action to be applauded by free nations of this planet?

Freecitizen

Booneyrat, since there were at least a hundred thousand people there, and a small group, a fraction of the entire group really, that tried to get into a public building, then by leftist standards, it was a "mostly peaceful protest" wouldn't you agree? No, I'm not pleased with what I see at all. Yet there is a difference between this, Portland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, etc. People are fed up with corruption, cheating, and an unresponsive government. They wanted to get into a public building that they pay for and make their voices heard. Not a one of them burned down a restaurant, hair salon, or gym in the effort to get the government's attention. They went to the source. I do not condone what happened one bit, but by the same token am certain that if Biden had not managed to pull this off, then the same storming would have taken place, but in that instance the police would likely have stood aside and your pals would have had the run of the place. It would have been deemed a justified occupancy in the name of Social Justice and I am absolutely certain that you would have approved. Rejoice in the fact that you now have something to grasp onto to focus a few more years of anamosity toward 75 million of your fellow citizens. Or, you could extend an olive branch and work toward solidarity with the other half of the country, in magninimous humility, content with the fact that your cause has just captured the seats of government (by hook or by crook, but who's really worried about that?). I won't hold my breath, but who knows, you really could take this opportunity to prove me wrong. We'll see.

Sully53

Booneyrat, Even though todays actions in DC are un acceptable, it pales in comparison to the actions of left wing groups in Portland and other democrat run cities across the country for 6 months straight. Riots, burning businesses, killing all funded and promoted by liberal officials. I guess you condone all that. I listened to a video of Trump telling supporter to stop the protest and go home. I NEVER heard that from any liberal officials all summer long. All I saw was videos of reporters calling it peaceful protest as a building was burning in the background.

SevenBlack

Freecitizen and Sully, there is no excuse for what happened yesterday. Period. Trump incited these people all the way there and to side with him, or excuse him, or believe that what happened was justified is un-American, plain and simple. I have had it with you people pretending to care about America. Stop with the whataboutism and just say that it was wrong.

Jim Jones

I absolute condone the actions of President Trump - calling for protests in D.C. What are you going do do about it, liberal?

SevenBlack

Win the house, the senate, and the presidency for starters.

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