In keeping with Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution, George Washington presented his first annual message to Congress on January 8, 1790. It was delivered in the same Federal Hall chamber where he had been inaugurated. In less than 1100 words, Washington called for a standing army, funding for diplomats representing the United States in foreign countries, and steps to innovate and improve agriculture, commerce, industry. This speech included several statements which have been often quoted such as “Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness;” and “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
Washington concluded his remarks with a statement which well worth contemplation by all those elected officials who, in theory, are working for the benefit of the citizenry today: “The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed, and I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you in the pleasing though arduous task of insuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient, and equal government.”
Read the complete text of Washington’s message at: http://www.bingoforpatriots.com/american-history/founding-fathers/presidents-during-the-founding-period/george-washington/george-washingtons-first-annual-message-to-congress/
Take a moment today to consider the brief, yet powerful, message delivered to us by our first President. His words should be food for thought to members of Congress more than 200 years later.
Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.
Everyone’s Guide to the Constitution: http://amzn.to/1im8I4Q