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“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in that happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations, shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peaceful and happy Country.” George Washington June 26, 1775.

George Washington was known to be a man of his word. Therefore, his comment to the members of the New York Legislature were of particular importance. At the time of the American Revolution, there was concern by a great many colonists that if an army was formed to fight the British, it would then turn on the citizenry of a new nation after the war. Washington’s statement, “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen” was a promise. A promise that he, and all the soldiers of the Continental Army, awaited the day when it was possible to return to a private life. In December 23, 1783, Washington did indeed appear before Congress and resigned his commission as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. “Having now finished the work assigned to me, I retire form the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.” Although there were many who hoped and advised Washington to assume the role of king, he chose instead to return to his private life at Mount Vernon. Do you trust the word of your elected officials, or do you believe that promises made today will most likely be broken tomorrow?

Please take a moment to consider how differently you might perceive the Federal Government if you felt that you could trust the word of our elected officials, and trust in their promise to uphold the Constitution. If you cannot trust those elected to serve you, then you must work to elect others who will be promise keepers. A Federal Government filled with elected officials who value the trust of the citizenry would be What IS Right With America.


Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D. – Everyone’s Guide to the Constitution:

The attached image is a WWI poster which bears the statement made by President Washington.