Happy Birthday Brother. George.

I know, many have already said it, but since we, in America, celebrated it today, Happy Birthday Brother George.

George Wasington‘s Birthday is actually February 22nd, by our modern calendar, but celebrated today in honor of all past American Presidents. But, like no other President, Brother Washington fought hard for the birth of this nation, and was rewarded with the difficult task of ushering it into its self governance. His legacy today is unlike any leader in the history of mankind.

Some of Washington’s quotes:

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. “

“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality”

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

Washington wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Grand Lodge in response to its dedication of its first Constitution to him. He included the followingg language in that letter, referring to Freemasonry:

“…a Society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws of truth and justice.—
“To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy [sic] the benevolent design of a Masonic institutetion; … the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race….”

For a quick Masonic bio:

President 1789-1797 / Master Mason 1753

George Washington became a Mason at age 20 in 1753. He may have attended about 9 lodge meetings during the remaining 46 years of his life, and probably never presided over any lodge.

However, George Washington wrote letters in which he said he was happy to be a Mason, and also, in 1791, describing Masonry as being “founded in justice and benevolence,” and “the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.”

But, when he was asked more specifically about Freemasonry in 1798, he wrote, “. . . So far as I am acquainted with the principles and Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive them to be founded on benevolence and to be exercised for the good of mankind. If it has been a Cloak to promote improper or nefarious objects, it is a melancholy [sic] proof that in unworthy hands, the best institutions may be made use of to promote the worst designs.”

This is the Eulogy delivered upon his passing to the celestial lodge above. It was delivered by Henry Lee.

“First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere— uniform, dignified and commanding—his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting. . . . Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgencece to his public virtues. . . . Such was the man for whom our nation mourns.”

Washington’s final resting place

Happy Birthday Brother George. I wish you were here so I could shake your hand personally.

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~ by Greg on February 20, 2006.

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