Washington established a strong national government. Some of the principles and practices he established are still in use in the United States. Inaugural address is just one of such rituals. His second Inaugural address was the shortest in the history of the U.S. Washington was the only U.S. President who didn’t live in the White House.
George Washington Quotes
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions, whom we shall welcome to participate in all of our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.
If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.
I think the Parliament of Great Britain hath no more right to put their hands into my pocket, without my consent, than I have to put my hands into yours for money.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined.
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism…. It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.