When has a man been so well regarded in our nation’s history that we made him President without a popular vote by the people?
George Washington was that man.
He was chosen by 69 electors to be our first President.
The attributes that commended him for such an historic appointment should be the measure of our elected representatives today.
Parson Mason Weems told a story, demonstrating Washington’s honesty – that George had confessed the truth to his father that he had chopped down a cherry tree. This act of contrition was a fable. Not true at all. In truth, in 1743, when George was 11, his father, Augustine, died. George did, however, concern himself with building character. Before his 16th birthday, George compiled 110 “rules of civility and decent behavior in company and conversation.”
The first rule was that “every action done in Company, ought to be with some sign of respect, to those that are present.” Continue reading