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Revised Rhetorical Analysis Paper

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Bryant 1Whitney BryantMs. CarusoENGL 110127 September 2011Rhetorical Analysis Paper
The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of yourtranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very libertywhich you so highly prize.
(Washington 2) This is one of the many great statements thatPresident George Washington affirmed in his farewell address on December 23, 1783, extollingthe benefits of the federal government.
President Washington, a home schooled farmer fromVirginia, used his insight of human nature to forge consensus and build bridges between thesemen for the good of America
(Glendening 2)
George Washington’s farewell address announce
shis withdrawal from politics after 40 years, and to give a clear warning for future America.In choosing of the first executive leader of the United States of America, congress verywisely selected the best candidate for the position. George Washington is often compared toCincinnatus, leader of the roman republic. Cincinnatus, after successfully defeating theopponents in war, refused all honors, and resigned his dictatorship. Washington definitely
wanted to follow this great man’s example. So after leading the Americans out of the
Revolutionary War successfully, Washington went back home to his plantation in MountVernon.
“..he thought of his country first and never thought of himself at all” (Lodg
e 3) Sevenyears later he was overwhelmingly elected the first president of the United States. But after twoyears in holding this position, he voluntarily gave up his power. It is very rare in history for a
Comment [L1]:
In this sentence I changed from
“farewell address is to” to “farewell addressannounces” this made the sentence less flat.
Bryant 2leader to just give up his power, and because of 
Washington’s actions he set a precedent that led
to a peaceful transfer of power from president to president for the next 200 years, giving ourgovernment its stability.In his farewell address towards the end of Washington
’s career he
warns the US of political parties, stable public credit, permanent foreign alliances, powerful military structures,and he also stresses the importance of religion and morality. He stated that political parties wouldbe corrupt to the government, by being concerned more about power rather than issues at hand.Towards the issues of debt, he warned about not having an excessive debt, and assured that forevery part of debt, there must be revenue, and in order to have revenue there has to be taxes.Foreign alliances were shunned upon,
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance
with any portion of the foreign world…”
(Washington 9)
was utilized to describean over powerful military structure, Washington sensed that having a military group so largewould be unpromising to liberty, and hostile to the republican liberty. Lastly Washington
strongly believed in reputation and oath. If you didn’t believe in a religion, particularly Christian,
you were to be viewed as different, immoral for your reputation. Religion and morality were
important in Washington’s address mostly for saying the oath in court, giving assurance
thatsomeone would most likely not lie under oath.
The advice recited in this speech gave adamant
advice to Washington’s
fellow citizens, help that would preserve the initial government of hispresent time, and present day America.This prodigious farewell speech did not achieve its purpose because
congressmen did not take in his intelligence or recommendations as serious. If futurecongressmen would have listened to this address, the world now would be completely different.Main points made by Washington in this address have been ignored, and for that reason we are
Comment [L2]:
Here I took out the “over  powerful” and I left it as powerful.
Comment [L3]:
I quoted this because, I’m
classifying it as a word.
Comment [L4]:
Comment [L5]:
This line was deleted from theabove paragraph, and inserted as the first sentence of this paragraph.
Bryant 3not as stable as we could be. Warnings against the party system were definitely ignored. We nowhave two main political parties, republicans vs. democrats. Another pointer made by Washingtonwas about the national debt. Today the national debt is so high, expenditures exceed revenue. Inthe mention of foreign alliances, Washington recommended that we stay clear from permanent
alliances, and now in present day we are fighting a war in another country. Washington’s
farewell address was very informative and would have been helpful, if the US would havechosen to listen. If we would have taken note to what he addressed then this address would havetruly made a great impact in the world today. Now that we know that we did not take heed, theimpact is negative.One perfect example
of how Washington’s message was ignore
d was through the Leagueof Nations. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) spoke after the drafting of the League
Covenant (“constitution”) and before President Wilson rejoined the Versailles Conference. He
addressed an outgoing senate still in democratic hands. Lodge was not in support of the Leagueof Nations, but in strong belief of George Washington, his farewell speech, and the MonroeDoctrine. Joining the League of Nations would consist of foreign alliances, and this is one thingthat George Washington recommended that we stay clear of. Lodge pointed out that the US
abandons the policy set before us through Washington’s address and the Monroe Doctrine. “The
principles of the Farewell Address in regard to our foreign relations have been sustained andacted upon by the American people
down to the present moment…He did not close the door on
temporary alliances for particular purposes. Our entry in the great war just closed was entirely inaccord with and violated in no respect the policy laid down by Washi
ngton.” (Lodge 2
-3) HenryCabot Lodge believed in the Farewell Address of Washington and its principles, knowing for
Comment [L6]:
Changed from “took” to “taken”

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