Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defence against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have as little political connection as possible... Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?... It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
George Washington was a great man, and the first president of the first republic. He, like all others on this site, was a man of integrity and honour. He led the forces of freedom against a foreign invader, and tyrant, and when given the opourtunity to become King, refused and instead wished our new nation to be a republic, under a Constitution, not men.