Trinity C.

asked • 09/10/20

In his Farewell Address to the nation, George Washington said the following:

In his Farewell Address to the nation, George Washington said the following:

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."

What did George Washington mean by this? Have his words come to pass? 


Cheryl D.

A word of advice: Don't use the current administration as an example. You want to use facts, and many teachers will take this opportunity to use their emotions instead.
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09/11/20

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Cheryl D. answered • 09/11/20

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Trinity C.

Hello. Can you elaborate on 9/11 and Homeland Security more, please?
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09/13/20

Cheryl D.

Congress and the George W. Bush administration created the Homeland Security Department in a hasty reaction to 9/11. The thinking was that various spy and disaster response agencies needed better communication and cooperation to prevent 9/11 types of attacks. The new department was huge and costly and, one can argue, unnecessary.
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09/14/20

Trinity C.

And how this tie back to George Washingtons Farewell Address?
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09/24/20

Cheryl D.

The creation of the Homeland Security Department might be too complicated for an answer. A better example would be the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Powerful people lied to Americans and leaders of other countries to get their support for the war. The plan was cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled. The latter part is harder to interpret, but some people in high places during this time destroyed friendships and reputations that helped them gain the power to achieve their goals. I think George Washington had people like these in mind 200 years ago.
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09/25/20

Trinity C.

oh, I get it now. Thank you
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09/25/20

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