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For Washington, Service Was His Reward

November 26, 2009 by  

As commander of the various militias during the Revolutionary War, General George Washington served his country without compensation, save for an allowance for certain expenses he incurred. He did this voluntarily, and gladly.

When his duties on the field of battle were over he would have been content to retire to his farm at Mt. Vernon, Va. But his countrymen called upon him to continue his service for eight more years.

On Thursday, April 30, 1789, Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president. After taking the oath of office, Washington addressed a joint session of Congress assembled inside the Senate chambers.

In his address he stated that he was being called “from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection.” His love for country overrode his desire for a life of leisure.

However, he again turned down any compensation:

“When I was first honored with a call into the service of my country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed; and being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself any share in the personal emoluments which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the executive department, and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the station in which I am placed may during my continuance in it be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require.”

For Washington, the reward was in the service. Today it seems those holding elected office view things quite differently.

Whether it’s a local city councilor, a state legislator or a member of Congress, every waking thought of the elected class seems devoted to compensating from the public treasury one special interest group or another, with the ultimate goal of being rewarded for it down the road, either through some underhanded pay-for-play scheme or with a cushy lobbying gig upon leaving elected office.

When will another Washington step up?

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • robert sargent

    iam retired male 66 years of age.i was taught american history.with the lessons came values.our founders saw this infringment on our constitution coming.blessed we are with the supreme court.their law is the constitution.no matter what law is made it has to ruled by the constitution.our fore fathers how great where those men.when i vote they guild my hand.i hope my grand children are as lucky as i was to know.god,prayer.liberty,and american history.i still say god bless,and merry christmas.bless you for speaking up.

  • http://www.thegiblink.com OldAxe

    When will another Washington step up? Never if we’re lucky!
    Kitman shows how Washington brilliantly turned his noble gesture of refusing payment for his services as commander in chief of the Continental Army into an opportunity to indulge his insatiable lust for fine food and drink, extravagant clothing, and lavish accommodations.
    At $432,000 per year do we really need another? Allow for 125 years of inflation.

    • Pau Revere

      You and All Ameica Has Gone The Way of The Anti American Anti Constitution Jew Who only has the love of other peoples money,Life and Property,You did not take the Warning that Franklin and Washington gave you,” that If you do not Exclude then in less then 200 years they would own your country and be in their counting house counting all the money they Stole from America .and Your Children will Hate you in graves”
      You were Orderd not to interfer in forign afairs or politics and no paper money ever. only Gold and Silver Coin and Cirtificates that can be redeemed back to Gold and Silver Coin,Why Because it can not be created our of thin Air? and requires Life Forfiture to aquire and it will not be surenderd to another unless a equal Value or life forfiture was exchangewd
      The Anti American,Anti Constitution Jews that own your Contry Never loaned Niggards Woodrow Wilson orFranlin D. Roosevbelt any Gold or Silver Coin. And America owes them Not one American Cent and if they do not return thed debit that they put you in then they should all be deported to the Nations they came from Your Niggardley Congress Never had the Right to bail them out Only Bankrupsy and Crimanal Investigations was Lawfull. and at least a Pecora 1929 investigation and prison for the men as was done in Emron and Bernny Madox and their Competetors The So Called Italian Mafia,that they even Are involved with.No american Should loose their Homes to these God Damed Bankers because they Never loaned them any Money.and you as an American May have given up you life for you labor,to buy these homes But these Bastards Gave no Money of Account olny paper entries and will steal them back with paper entries and made you a slave if you paid it off or lost your house Because of them and you breaking the law with them.

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    Of course now a days we are being double dipped. Not only are the politicians in Washington especially collecting salaries, but make most of their millions under handidly from the office giving out special favors. It really is funning when they come out with millions on a salary of thousands. Wish I could do that. All politicians should be under the same laws they establish for us including retirement plans, medical plans, etc., that they put on us. Instead of we are above the law, if they are passing laws, they should be under them as well as a Citizen of the US.

  • Bill

    OldAxe, you my friend need to reseaech your history a little better. Without a doubt you haven’t read history and if you have then you need someone thats educated to explain it to you. “The Mind is a terrible thing to waste”.

  • Ray

    Oh What a Tangled Webb We Weave. Where is thy HONOR, OBAMA.
    This is shocking News Just what the DNC and Obama are trying to do Illegally. I borrowed some materials but put together this Message that I sent to the DNC. I Hope they haven’t abolished free speach Yet!

    I was sent this; by DNC
    Friend –

    On March 7th, 1965, 600 of us lined up to walk from Selma to Montgomery, to march for voting rights.

    When we tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River, we were met by state troopers. They attacked us with tear gas, bullwhips, and nightsticks.

    It became known as Bloody Sunday, and the national outcry over the brutality that day led to the enactment, exactly 45 years ago today, of the Voting Rights Act.

    The progress we’ve made since then is remarkable.

    But the expansion of voting rights for millions did not happen overnight. It was the product of a continued struggle, by many people, over many years.

    And just as change did not come easily then, it does not come easily now.

    Discrimination still exists in America — its effects can be as harmful as they were decades ago. And we can always become a better, more just society.

    Two years ago, this movement — led by Barack Obama — brought millions of people into the political process for the first time.

    I’m told that many of you are working hard now to get as many as possible of those folks — and others from across the country who are with us in these fights — to the polls this year.

    It’s an important effort, and the legacy of the fight for the Voting Rights Act is that it is not only our right to vote, and to help others do so — it is our duty.

    Can I count on you to help out between now and the elections in November?

    When I was a child, I tasted the bitter fruits of racial discrimination — and I did not like it.

    That was what spurred me to act. In those early days, we sacrificed our very selves for our rights as Americans. But we never gave up.

    And now barriers that kept an entire people from full participation in this country have been removed.

    No longer are people who look like me met with violence when we register to vote.

    No longer is the idea that an African American could become president just a dream.

    We live in a better world, a better country.

    But our work is not complete. We cannot wait for someone else to make change.

    We must all do it. You must do it. I must do it.

    Please sign up to help millions more vote:

    http://my.barackobama.com/VolunteerVRA

    Thank you,

    Representative John Lewis

    My Responce: IS WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?
    WHERE IS FOLLOWING CURRENT LAW FOUND IN THIS?

    Many of the illegal immigrants are using false documents to vote, The same false documents that they use to gain access to American Social Systems and Aid. They have done this even though, their actions may have disqualified them as ever being American Citizens. Can’t wait for this case to come before the Supreme Court.

    Ever wonder what the Penality of Illegals registering and Voting in American Elections Are.

    Question: What are the Penalties for Registering/Voting Before I’m Eligible?
    Answer:
    Information From immigration law, concerning voting rights.

    As a permanent resident, you can only vote in local and state elections that do not require you to be a U.S. citizen. It is very important that you do not vote in national, state or local elections that require a voter to be a U.S. citizen when you are not a U.S. citizen.

    If you register or vote in an election for which you do not meet the citizenship requirements, you can face criminal penalties which may include a fine and or imprisonment, and possibly deportation.

    DO NOT register to vote before finalizing your naturalization. Even if your Oath ceremony is taking place in the very near future, you cannot legally tick the “Yes” box to the question “Are you a U.S. citizen,” until after you officially become a citizen.

    Remember: Registering or voting in an election limited to U.S. citizens when you have not yet become a U.S. citizen, or claiming to be a U.S. citizen when you are not, whether or not your intention was good and you performed the act knowingly or unknowingly, will result in serious legal consequences.

    From Washington Post
    But border enforcement is not something to be manipulated in return for legislative favors. It is, as the administration vociferously argued in court in the Arizona case, the federal executive’s constitutional responsibility. Its job is to faithfully execute the laws. Non-execution is a dereliction of duty.

    IS THIS OBAMA JUSTICE?
    I am beginning to think he should be tried for Treason.
    His and your duty IS.
    Not Just making sure noone illegal is voting , but also to SECURE THE BORDER as already in Law.
    Also to Question, Detain and Deport those who don’t meet the requirments
    as already in Law.
    Also to Protect, our Citizens who have been Invaded by Invasion, from Illegal Immigrants as written into our Countries foundations, Constitution and Law.
    Also to Stop The Drug Cartels who are selling their POSIN to our Children as already written in Law.
    Also to Stop immigrants from using Falsified State and federal Documents which is a felony, ontop of the thieft of our Social Systems which they have no Rights, as already in law and also felonies.

    More for this subject:

    Seems to this; mere student of the “jus naturale” True Law of
    nature’s GOD and formenr U.S.Army M.P. attached to C.I.D. that
    pursuant to the solemn oath or affirmation of the P.O.T.U.S. Sworn to
    under the spectre of Million of the Publick’s eyes in: bona fide
    Witness to said voluntatary assent to Terms of the Contract the
    Constitution for the Continental United States of America Republic,
    de jure, that the Party assenting to the onerous terms of obligation
    of the Contract, Barrach Hussein O’bama is by: “mere tacit operation
    of Common Law of the sovereign Nation” the “Commander in Chief of the
    Armed Forces” thus subject to the: “Uniform Code of Military
    Justice”(UCMJ)and may then be in Violation of several Articles therin
    in re: Treason , Neglect of Duty, Subversive acts to subvert and
    DESTROY the Federal Govenment by express Acts of: Omission and
    Comission, devised to FOMENT insurection and violent revolution by
    means of: muliliferous ATTACKS on the Security and Dignity of the
    Nation and coconspiritorial efforts to: effectuate stealthily
    conjurgated “artful” crafting, of legislative acts, to invoke
    involuntary servitude, by a scheme of: Communist Slave Nation as
    evidenced in the specifically express: multifaceted installation of
    the: 10 Planks of the “Communist Manifesto”, by artful crafting, of
    dubious voluminous conflagurations of asserted Legislative Acts!
    (Violative of the Constitution and specifically in explicit
    contradistinction to the: Source of the Powers Absolute: We The PEOPLE
    This Satanic Conspiracy of evil, may offer multiple grounds for
    Arrest and Incarceration, as an Absolute, bona fide “Enemy of the
    State”by “Military Court Martial” as a “Foreign Insurgent Enemy
    Combatant”!
    What SAY YE NOW? see: (Blacks 6th) for definition of terms within

    I will Fight with every Breath for as long as I have Breath against such unjustice. I will Not vote for anyone who supports such actions as I have been wittnessing coming out of the DNC or Obama. I am beginning to feel ashamed to even be a Democrate. I voted for Obama Once, will not make that mistake again. I Once thought You were the Law of the Land, now all I am seeing is squabbling and Law Breakers. Hang Your Heads in Shame.
    Surely this isn’t the kind of History you really wanted to make.

    With No Love:

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