From: Kristy Ortenzi
Time: 11:48:34 PM
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Primary Source Assignment Week Seven
On September 17, 1796, George Washington gave his farewell address speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Washington was preparing Americans for their future leader. He chose to decline the consideration of Presidentcy for another term. In his speech he states that his resolution has nothing to do with lack of interest of the future and he will continue to care and support the people and their governmental interests. Washington gives fellow Americans advice on politics as well as foreign relations. He says that the basis of the American Political System is the right for the people to make and change their constitutions of government. However, for the people to have the right to establish their own government they have to obey the already established government. As far as foreign relations are concerned, Washington says, “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.” He is telling the people that by not having formed engagements with foreign countries we are keeping ourselves out of many unwanted situations that are likely to occur. For example, Europe has many controversies that have nothing to do with our own concerns and for us to get involved we would be causing more political connections that are unnecessary. George Washington’s farewell address was a statement of political principals. In his speech he voices his concern for the people and the governmental issues they are going to face. He is trying to prepare his country for the future and make them aware of political issues so they can make a wise choice. He was not trying to alter the opinions but sway them into making a strong and lasting impression on the country.