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George Washington War Quote

The George Washington War Quote:

“In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.” George Washington war quote

My Take:

This George Washington war quote is a quote that every single American political leader should know by heart. Like Washington’s quote about avoiding foreign entanglements, it shows what early Americans thought about war. Despite having just won a war of independence, which I recently published a timeline of, Americans didn’t want to go to war. They just wanted freedom and economic prosperity.

Unfortunately, that has all changed. Now, Americans are rearing for war and seem to seek out foreign entanglements. If you don’t believe me, just check out my review of The Great War for Civilization. That book does an excellent job of showing just one of the many regions in which the US has been entangled and drawn into war.

Why has that happened? Because our leaders and representatives never read this George Washington war quote. They don’t know that America used to be a nation that was uninvolved in most foreign affairs. They only know war.

The US has been fighting “forever wars” for decades now. Our policy is warlike to the extreme. Not only is it costly in lives, but also treasure. Taxes go to paying for those wars rather than paying for ways to improve our economic prosperity.

That needs to change. We need to go back to a time like the Jefferson Administration when America was focused on preserving peace and growing economically. If we do so, we will regain the rapid growth and prosperity of that era. It’s possible. It’ll just take a change in attitude and an attentive reading of this George Washington war quote.

By: Gen Z Conservative