You’re Only Halfway Home, General…

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” ( Luke 6:26 )

As we approach the end of President Bush’s second term in office, I thought it might be interesting to examine our first President’s second term in office. Surprisingly, there are similarities. The man who, in 1775, upon entering Philadelphia to attend the Second Continental Congress, was met with 500 horsemen. a marching band and companies of foot soldiers – the man who, in a ‘poem’ written by a Rhode Island representative was called “Virginia’s hero” – the man who was twice elected unanimously to the Presidency (not to mention his prior unanimous election as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army) – became the man who, during his second term as President, was attacked from both foreign and domestic camps and by a critical press for his stand concerning a foreign war, the man who was embroiled in Congressional and public discord over difficult treaty negotiations with England, the man whose own cabinet members turned against him in sabotage and treason. Before he finally left office, authors Michael and Jana Novak tell us in their book Washington’s God, the formerly beloved father of our country was actually accused of behaving as a monarch.

(Note: Along these lines, by the way, in May of 1782 [about 7 months after the final major victory at the Battle of Yorktown] it was actually proposed to Washington, by one of his colonels, that he become king of the United States! Washington was horrified. Yet, before all was said and done, he was accused of that very thing which he found so abhorrent.)

Maybe it’s just me, but some of this sounds familiar.

After the war’s end, Washington wanted to retire. He very much wanted to retire! In a letter written to a former colleague, in February of 1784, Washington expressed these sentiments: ” I feel now, however, as I conceive a wearied Traveller must do, who, after treading many a painful step, with a heavy burden on his shoulders, is eased of the latter, having reached the Goal…and from his House top is looking back…tracing…the Meanders by which he escaped the quicksands and Mires…” (The Writings of George Washington) Little did he know that he wasn’t even close to being done with his travels in public life. Ahead lay yet more ‘quicksands and Mires’. Of a different sort, maybe, but ‘quicksands and Mires’ nontheless.

Please return for the details in Part 2 of ” You’re Only Halfway Home, General…”


7 responses to “You’re Only Halfway Home, General…

  1. You mentioned that Washington was attacked for his stand concerning a foreign war. Which was war was this? I don’t know a lot about Washington’s terms in office so I was just curious!

  2. Rebecca, it was the French Revolution…I’m working on Part 2 of this post right now, actually, and I had just typed “Enter the French Revolution’, then took a break and when I came back, got your comment! Is that cool or what? lol

  3. Thank you for the read, Christina.History is a study, with verification, of human actions and interactions. I feel as if, with some, distancing in time, George Bush will have his place as a faithful and righteous man, yea even President. The gainsayers dislike him for his professing The Lord as his Savior. His Presidency has played out under the microscopic eye of war correspondents embedded in our military. Part of my point about the current state of our affairs.You are very, right on to delve into our political past. It is a young past, we are toddlers on the world stage. The rest of the world has been ignoring our message lately. Democratic capitalism, human rights, God fearing life on earth with the road to Heaven paved for us by Jesus. The forefathers, exiled and scorned, knew they were onto the “New Deal” even back then. Well we hiccuped and boy howdy, girl, “Did we get everybody’s attention again?” Let’s all pray for these current leaders, asking God to give them the wisdom and clear vision of the Christ mind in this time of troubleand to pray they are paying careful attention to all He has taught us. “Send us around the world with the news of Your saving power and Your eternal plan for mankind.” Psalm 67:2

  4. I feel honored to have an accomplished historian, theologian and essayist as yourself reading my words and musings with “The Word”.I’ll be looking forward to all of your future posts and will get up to speed on previous ones.God bless you, dd

  5. I am posting excerpts to FAST, our blog so some of our wayward teenaged sons and daughters can get new perspective on their inherited history.If it is okay with you, as a test I have just posted some of Part One on there… I have used the standard linking system provided with google blogger.If you don’t like it, please let me know. I did this because I cannot resist your “exploding” words. Thank you.pd

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