Farewell Address Analysis
Professor Edward Sotto
September 14, 2008
George Washington Farewell Address was a message written to the American people. George Washington wrote this Farewell Address doing his exiting term as the President. This address was basically an outline of what he believed the Nation should follow.
George Washington started off his address by letting people know that he would not be running for a third term. "I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is made.” Washington spoke of how he wanted to retire earlier but he knew that it was not time because the Nation still needed him as a strong leader. He offered gratitude for the support of the people for their understanding. At the start of his Address he offered the people Blessings.
One of Washington’s major points of his Farewell Address was about Unity. Washington stated that Unity was a “Real Independence.” In his words about Unity he talked about how all the Nation’s benefited from being together as one. Washington wanted us to have the same Religion and political beliefs.
During the time that Washington was President to major political parties formed the Federalist and Republican which we know today as the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Washington spoke on the two parties because he saw them as being a great access to the Nation but he also could see them as being a hindrance. Revenue, that to have Revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised.”
Washington spoke on the Military in which he was the Chief of Command. Washington stated “avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.”
Washington spoke on Foreign Policy in his...
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