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George Washington: "Father of His Country" and Impact on Today’s America

George Washington's Principles and Deeds Continue to Impact Today's America 


George Washington is often referred to as the "Father of his Country" and with good reason. His leadership and vision played a crucial role in the founding and development of the United States of America. Washington's impact on American society can still be felt today, more than two centuries after his death.


George Washington's Principles and Deeds Continue to Impact Today's America 

Washington's Role in the Revolutionary War


One of the most significant ways in which Washington left a lasting impact on American society is through his role in the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the country's independence. As the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, Washington was instrumental in leading the American colonies to victory against the British and securing the nation's independence


  • Washington had two horses shot out from under him and four bullet holes shot through his coat. Providence.


His leadership and determination during this time helped to lay the foundation for the country's future as a free and independent nation.


Washington's Contributions to the Country's Political System 


As the first President of the United States, he helped to establish many of the principles and practices that continue to shape the nation's government today. For example, Washington set a precedent for the peaceful transfer of power between presidential administrations, and he worked to build a strong and effective federal government. 


  • Former President Donald Trump is the only President of the United States to break Washington's precedent.


Washington's Legacy Promotes Unity and National Identity


During his presidency, he worked to bring the various states together and promote a sense of national unity. He also encouraged the development of national institutions and symbols, such as the creation of the Great Seal of the United States and the design of the American flag.


  • Recent history suggests that the elected leaders often strive to divide and denigrate our national unity and institutions. 

  • It is often politically expedient to blame and shame rather than plan and build. 

  • Fundraising often rewards the most divisive leaders.


Washington's Lasting Impact on American Society


His integrity, honesty, and dedication to the country set a high standard for future leaders to follow. His example has inspired many Americans over the years and continues to be an important influence on the country's political culture.


In conclusion, George Washington's contributions to the founding and development of the United States have had a lasting impact on American society. His leadership during the Revolutionary War, his role in establishing the country's political system, and his efforts to promote unity and national identity have all played crucial roles in shaping the nation as we know it today.


"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1796


History suggests that America's darkest hours often revive the pursuit of liberty to burn anew.

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