George Washington Deserves Our Thanks, Not Our Cancellation

George Washington Deserves Our Thanks, Not Our Cancellation

George Washington Deserves Our Thanks, Not Our Cancellation

As you celebrate the national holiday, currently called Presidents’ Day, it is important that we remember the sacrifices made by and importance of our first President George Washington. He is deserving of our thanks. If President Washington becomes a victim of cancel culture, our Republic is lost.

Two years ago on his 287th birthday, Victory Girls’ Deanna wrote a post that included Washington’s Farewell Address. In the Farewell Address, Washington warned of factions and revenge. Nancy Pelosi and her House Managers would have done well to read the post before Impeachments 1.0 and 2.0. Although I doubt they have the intellectual capacity or self-awareness to take the lesson.

The biggest dings against George Washington today are that he was a white man, part of the patriarchy and he owned slaves. Clearly, he must be cancelled, right? Wrong-o, my children. The historical ignorance of the people who say these things is stunning. I, personally, actually had a friend express surprise that I love The Constitution. She noted that neither she, as a black woman, nor I, as a white woman, were afforded the rights of white men in the document. Well, shucks. That was pretty much the standard for the entire world at that time. Our Founding Fathers left The Constitution open for amendments. The first 13 of these form The Bill of Rights.

George Washington did own slaves. The word slave comes from the word Slav, as in the Slavic people. These people were sold by Spanish Muslims into slavery in the ninth century. There were, of course, slaves long before the word “slave”. Twenty to thirty percents of the people of the Ancient Roman Empire were slaves. And, today it is estimated that 1 in 200 people are slaves held in forced labor.

If schools taught any history or current events, the general population might know this important information. The schools teach that America was born in the original sin of slavery, white privilege, and victimology. As far as I could research the only country not born in the original sin of slavery is Sri Lanka. So, our ignorant masses run around renaming schools and pulling down statues of George Washington.

The Founding Fathers mostly wished for the abolition of slavery and understood that it violated the very principles on which they were proposing to base our Nation. Their goal was to get agreement to found a nation. No easy thing. Compromises were made. The Left is fond of the phrase “the greater good”. That is how the Founding Fathers saw The Constitution.

General George Washington took a bunch of state militias, comprised of citizen-soldiers, and beat the best equipped and trained military in the world at that time. George Washington could have been called “His Mightiness” or “His Highness”. He chose to be Mr. President. All he wanted to do after our war for Independence was to go back to his farm at Mount Vernon. Instead, he was unanimously elected President twice and served eight years.

What did George Washington think of slavery. According to historians, he didn’t like the trafficking of human beings, didn’t think that the system worked on an economic basis, and refused to separate families:

Here are some quotes by George Washington on the subject of slavery:

“I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.”

“Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.”

“I wish from my soul that the legislature of this State could see the policy of a gradual Abolition of Slavery.”

“Upon the decease [of] my wife, it is my Will and desire th[at] all the Slaves which I hold in [my] own right, shall receive their free[dom] . . . . The Negroes thus bound, are (by their Masters or Mistresses) to be taught to read and write; and to be brought up to some useful occupation, agreeably to the Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, providing for the support of Orphan and other poor Children. And I do hereby expressly forbid the Sale, or transportation out of the said Commonwealth, of any Slave I may die possessed of, under any pretence whatsoever.”

There are many critics out there who would ask why George Washington did not free his slaves during his own life. Manumission was a tricky deal back then and the rules were not always clear.

George Washington acted in accordance with his conscience, the norms of his time and what was practicable. He was not a man of his time. He was an enlightened man far ahead of his time.

Today, we celebrate his day. His actual birthday is February 22nd. He is such a great man you can say thanks and celebrate him twice in one week. He earned it. Teach your children the truth and don’t let this great man be cancelled by the ignoratti.

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  • Hate_me says:

    “ The first 13 [amendments] form The Bill of Rights.”

    I suspect that’s just a typo.

    • Doug1943 says:

      Society advances. What one period considers moral, is considered immoral by a later period.

      What might future generations consider immoral, that we consider moral now?

      I have it! Holding on to stolen property! Property your ancestors stole and passed on to you! And you’re holding on to it, even though the descendants of the original owners are here, known, and ready to receive their property back!

      Of course, cruel old conservatives just hold on to this stolen property, but moral Progressives should repudiate this modern day equivalent of owning slaves and return the stolen property to its rightful owners.

      What property? Why, the land we’re sitting on. Every Leftist progressive moralizer should start making plans immediately to return the stolen property he’s sitting on to its rightful owners, the Native Americans. Turn over the deeds to your homes, Lefties, and then get out! Go back to Europe!

      I’m 1/16th Choctaw and I’ve asked many Leftists for my cut, but … do you think they do the right thing? Ha! They’re too busy being Mr or Ms Self-righteous moralizers, condemning people of previous centuries, for doing just what the modern day Lefty is doing: holding as ‘property’ something they shouldn’t have been holding.

      I think we should all start insisting that modern progressives get off the stolen property of the Native Americans, as soon as possible!

  • GSR says:

    I don’t give a crap about 18th Century agricultural slavery. Not a crap. It was then what illegal immigration is to today. Cheap labor.

    I’d like to see the Africans, then or today, create a productive, functioning society on their own.

  • Stevenia Welch says:

    This is very informative & although much I already knew from reading books about Washington throughout my life! If people would shut their mouths long enough & read instead they would then prove themselves intelligent! Without knowing History, we fail ourselves & our descendants! Most people and especially those on the left cannot prove they know how to read because they only tout what they think & feel which makes them ignorant people! I have read about all types of people from multiple ethnic groups & races & it always has enhanced my understanding & knowledge! Washington did hate slavery and I’m confident in my belief that he had many conversations with God about Slavery & that His faith in God showed him that God hates slavery too!

  • Dot says:

    Very good article on George Washington. We need to start teaching this again in Pre-K classes on through 12th grade so when kids get to college they know how to refute the mistruths they are being taught. The college kids are being taught hate and cancel couture. But parents need to be more engaged with their children to spot mistruths their children are being taught. Wake up America!!!!

  • Susan says:

    Donald Trump’s rhetoric has unfortunately had the effect of smearing the founding fathers by his association of them with the less-excusable Confederate leaders, whose scorn for the Declaration and intent to be a permanent slave regime was advertised by their secession statements and Confed VP Alexander Stephens’ Cornerstone speech. This latter speech said the Declaration’s “created equal” was wrong, while Confed President Jeff Davis said “created equal” was a lie. Both of them, unlike any of the founders, disallowed for the possibility of the extinction of slavery. And yet Trump made repeated linkages of the Confederate statues to the founders, as if they were in the same moral bucket.

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