Friday, November 22, 2019

To Summarize That

My recent post about "George Washington's Greatest Challenge", like many of these posts, is quite long.  I still think that it was all worth writing, but since a succinct version will have its own value:

Though the conduct of his countrymen over the course of many years did lead George Washington to have serious doubts as to whether free government in America would succeed and survive, he was too dedicated to it and to his country to allow his despair to keep him from doing all that could be done for it.

It is amazing to me to see how many demonstrations can be found in Washington’s letters of both his despair and his resolve, existing simultaneously.  It seems that determination can outlive hope, and that to that fact we owe our Constitution and the union.

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