“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life.”
Eulogy to George Washington by “Light Horse” Harry Lee, father of Robert E. Lee.
George Washington allowed us to question him on modern-day issues:
Mr. President, should the US borrow money from China to give to Israel?
“The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.” Farewell Address
Should the United States pursue an interventionist, aggressive foreign policy?
“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.” Farewell Address
Do you think the Pentagon should be continued, expanded, or dismantled?
“Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.” Farewell Address
Finally, sir, do you believe the Union is a permanent government, or do its members have the right to withdraw if they see fit?
“It is well worth a fair and full experiment.” Farewell Address