The Constitution Of The United States Essay

1497 Words Jul 18th, 2016 6 Pages
What do the words, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” mean to you as an American citizen? Historically speaking, they were the some of the most powerful words uttered in American history. On April 30, 1789, and then again on March 4, 1797, the first president of the United States of America, George Washington, told the nation that “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon”. For eight years, President Washington upheld the oath of office and his promise to America to govern the nation in accordance to the Constitution of the United States. Despite being enlisted by the citizens of America to serve a third term in office, Washington declined the offer because he strongly believed a nation governed by a perpetual president would have the same ill effects on the free republic of America’s citizens as those inflicted on them prior, by the monarchy of England. It was his thoughtful and wise decision, which set the precedence for a two-term limit to the Executive Office. On September 19, 1786, in an open letter to the nation, President Washington publicized his Farewell Address. It was more than just a message to American’s that he would not serve a third-term and retire from public life. He intended for it to serve as a guideline of how to govern the newly formed republic, which if followed, would…

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