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George Washington farewell

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George Washington, Farewell Address (1796) Although George Washington was suffering from the conflict between what would soon become the Federalist and Republican parties as well as his faltering health, many Americans looked to him to continue for a third term as president in 1796. However, the idea of remaining in office and creating the image of a monarch did not appeal to Washington. Consequently, he chose to step down, thereby establishing a precedent for future presidents. In his farewell address, Washington warned against various threats to the emerging national government, including political parties, involvement in foreign affairs, and the debate over economic policy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct. And can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.… In the execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded, and that, in place of them just and amicable feelings toward all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection either of which is sufficient to lead it
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