Thursday, October 1, 2009

Words of Wisdom... True Then, True Now

I just got back from an extended trip back east for leadership training. The one thing that really stood out to me is all the lessons that we've learned collectively, but forgotten individually.

Here's one in particular that I wish our current political "leadership" (and some of the recent past ones as well) would have learned. The quote (with my emphasis):
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is, to use it as sparingly as possible; avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts, which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden, which we ourselves ought to bear.

The source of this apparently long forgotten wisdom?

The Farewell Address of President George Washington.

4 comments:

K T Cat said...

Sounds like good advice. I ought to be repeated over and over by way of endless appearances on talk shows and speeches before cheering throngs.

Did Washington have Greek columns behind him when he spoke?

Ohioan@Heart said...

He definitely did not have columns behind him.

In fact, turns out he never "gave" the address. He wrote it and sent it to a newspaper, then left town just before it was published.

Imagine that... A politician NOT wanting publicity.

K T Cat said...

And one not addicted to giving speeches!

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