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LTC Stephen F.
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Thanks for sharing Maj William W. 'Bill' Price that this past weekend, you learned that in honor of George Washington's birthday, the US Senate has each year (since 1896) read into the record his Farewell Address penned in 1796. The first President's 32-page handwritten address has been stored as it was written. His handwriting is much better than mine ever was.
It would be amazing if the more recent Presidents hand-wrote their own addresses to Congress and the nation. This might give impetus to school children who have doubts about the utility of learning hand writing and cursive script.
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SP5 Robert Ruck
SP5 Robert Ruck
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Great idea about handwriting there own addresses. What do we have to put in the National Archives in this day and age? Computer prints?
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Cpl Jeff N.
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Washington's farewell address is one of my favorite speeches to read. The humility, the sincerity, the optimism, the since of gratitude and patriotism comes out loud and clear in every sentence. It is a timeless message to posterity, if they will read it. My favorite extended Washington quote comes from it:

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
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LTC Stephen B.
LTC Stephen B.
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"reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle"

Would that our national political leaders not have abandoned THIS truism.
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Cpl Jeff N.
Cpl Jeff N.
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LTC Stephen B. - I think many political leaders have lost view of the religious principle that guides our morality. One has to remember when the founders use the word "religious or religion" they were talking about Christianity as they viewed that as the only true religion. That does not mean everyone needs to be a Christian but that most of our virtue and morality is centered on those teachings and if we lose site of the author of our freedom and liberty we could be in trouble. Rights are given by the creator, not man or government.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.:
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Cpl Mark A. Morris
Cpl Mark A. Morris
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That must be why the world system and those of it hate Christianity. They can't destroy America until they destroy morality.
Reprobate pukes.
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Cpl Jeff N.
Cpl Jeff N.
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Cpl Mark A. Morris - Yes and you do not even need to be a Christian to understand and appreciate the impact it had on our founders, our founding principals, our laws etc.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Thank you for sharing this about this piece of history.
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