Importance Of George Washington

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George Washington was elected the first President of the United States in 1787. Washington believed that the main goal of his presidency should be to establish precedents that could guide the fledgeling country to greatness. Throughout his term he sought to promote fairness and integrity. In matters of foreign affairs Washington supported polite relationships with other countries, but favored a neutral position in conflicts abroad. Washington nominated John Jay as the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. George also nominated Thomas Jefferson, an anti-federalist, as Secretary of State and Alexander Hamilton, a federalist, as Secretary of The Treasury. These differing viewpoints in the presidential cabinet were encouraged by Washington, …show more content…
Unfortunately by the time Washington left office, political parties were already forming, and today 220 years later our political climate is extremely different from what Washington envisioned for his country. Deviation from the precedents that George Washington wanted to set in his farewell address have caused disunity in the U.S. by creating a system in which political parties are on polar opposite sides on issues leading to gridlock even in a perfect congress with no majority, Washington is correct in saying that a system like ours today leads to disunity and isolation of demographics in our country causing bitterness and anger which means no progress can be …show more content…
In his farewell address Washington states, “...frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.” Washington believes that the most important thing the people of the United States have is their unity, the old saying is that America is a melting pot of many cultures around the world with differing viewpoints that all come together. However if one takes the time to look at the current presidential race and the candidates vying for that position they would see how large the rift is between the people of the United States. In the Democratic and Republican parties the amount of moderates is dwindling and the political climate is becoming more and more radical. Violence has erupted at rallies, the tension between the people supporting the candidates in this election has almost reached the boiling point. Another effect of the formation of political parties is a congress that doesn’t represent the people, and only helps congressmen and women who stand only for reelection and not change. Washington would be appalled by the current political situation and saddened that his vision of America was not

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