Monday, July 4, 2011

George Washington: Americans Make Their Own Bed

"The foundation of our empire was not founded in the gloomy age of ignorance and superstition, but at an epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the reserches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of philosphers, sages, and legislatures, through a long successsion of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected widsom may be happily applied in the establishment of our forms of government; the free cultivation of letters, the unbounded extension of commerce, the progressive refinement of manners, the growing liberality of sentiment, and bove all, the pure and benign light of revelation, have had ameliorating influence on mankind and increased the blessing of society. At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a nation, and if the citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own"

     - George Washington Circular to the States

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