Celebrating George Washington's Birth DayOn February 22, 1732, Mary Ball Washington gave birth to a baby boy who was destined to change the course of a nation. Now almost three centuries later the influence of his life is still profound. Earning the informal title "Father of his Country" George Washington has been held in such esteem that significant celebrations were proclaimed by presidents, governors, and mayors across the land. Most of the celebrations included the reading of Washington’s Farewell Address, one of the most powerful and meaningful political speeches ever given.
George Washington's Farewell AddressThe period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.
James Wilson speech - July 4, 1788
Oration Delivered on the Fourth of July 1788, at the Procession Formed at Philadelphia to Celebrate the Adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
My Friends and Fellow Citizens, Your candid and generous indulgence I may well bespeak, for many reasons. I shall mention but one. While I express it, I feel it, in all its force. My abilities are unequal—abilities far superior to mine would be unequal—to the occasion, on which I have the honor of being called to address you.
Remembering Benjamin Franklin – America’s Greatest DiplomatOn January 17, 2006, our nation will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birthday of Benjamin Franklin. His birth began a long line of those whom we have since termed “Founding Fathers”, who came in preparation for the establishment of the American Republic. Samuel Adams would come in 1722; George Washington in 1732; John Adams in 1735; Patrick Henry in 1736; Thomas Jefferson in 1743; and James Madison in 1751. In fact, by 1760, a period of only 54 years, all 121 of the men we generally call Founding Fathers would be born. Fifty-five of them would attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The other 66 would attend the ratification conventions or otherwise be active in promoting and adopting the Constitution of the United States.
101 Constitutional Questions to ask Candidates
Because so many millions of Americans finally realize that something is seriously wrong with the way the government is handling our affairs, people are continually asking: “Do you think there is still time to turn it around?”
When you ask, “Still time before what?” they usually reply: “Before total disaster overtakes us!”