Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2013) – GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli shared the following statement in honor of Presidents’ Day:
In his 1796 Farewell Address to the nation, President George Washington left us with the following words:
“The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations…. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together.”
As we honor our nation’s first president and commander-in-chief today, we would do well to reflect upon his guidance.
Amid the partisan battles, sequesters, budget proposals and showdowns transpiring in our nation’s capital, let us remember what unites us, what we have fought for and accomplished together. That is, a country in which we have unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In bidding his fellow citizens adieu, President Washington also confessed to the following hope:
“In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish…. But, if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.”
Today is one of our opportunities to heed the advice of President George Washington and remember our common cause and unity as Americans – a cause as important in 2013 as it was in 1776.