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The Indispensable Man by spicemaster The Indispensable Man by spicemaster
“The Man Who Would Not Be King.” by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. George Washington is one of the most recognized figures in U.S. history. But familiarity breeds contempt. More often than not, Washington is an old painting on the wall – solemn, impersonal and distant – or the subject of childhood stories and nursery rhymes. We all know that he chopped down a cherry tree and had wooden teeth. The actual Washington is much more compelling. We can all see the brilliant flourishes of Jefferson's pen, Madison's constitutional handiwork or the success of Hamilton's economic policies, and that can cause us to overlook or underestimate the magnitude of Washington's achievement. Yet he really was, as Washington's greatest biographer, James Flexner, put it, the "indispensable man" of the American founding. ...And the key ingredient in all of these things was moral character, something that Washington took very seriously and which gave to his decision-making a deeply prudential quality and to his authority an unmatched magnanimity. "His integrity was pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision," Jefferson later observed. "He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man."

George Washington, Draft First Inaugural Address, April 1789: “The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the Supineness or venality of their Constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchm[en]t can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.”

From George Washington's private prayer journal. "O most glorious God ... Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit.... Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ.... Thou gavest thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation...."

"Cleanse my soul O Lord, I beseech thee, from whatever is offensive to thee, and hurtful to me, and give me what is convenient for me. Watch over me this night, and give me comfortable and sweet sleep to fit me for the service of the day following. Let my soul watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus; let my bed put me in mind of my grave, and my rising from there of my last resurrection; O heavenly Father, so frame this heart of mine, that I may ever delight to live according to thy will and command, in holiness and righteousness before thee all the days of my life."

"Almighty God…I yield Thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to Thine own service and for Thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me."
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JohnFarallo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
this is pretty cool
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snickU25 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
The art is great. I especially love the commentary you have made here, and it is very accurate. We need leaders like George Washington today!
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Thanks allot man and I agree.
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Cipher80 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
THE GREATEST MAN IN AMERICAN HISTORY!!! WHERE'S WASHINTON WHEN YA NEED HIM?!!! HE BELIEVED SO STRONGLY IN THE BIBLE; THAT WHEN HE CAUGHT 2 GAY GUYS IN HIS ARMY; HE LINED 'EM UP AND SHOT THEIR ASSES!!! I SAY WE DO THE SAME!!! THOSE DAMN DEOMOCRATS AND LYING LIBERALS ARE MAKING A LAUGHING STOCK OF THIS ONCE GREAT NATION!!! I SAY WE GO IN THERE AN' SHOOT THE LOT OF THEM!!!!
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JonnCampbell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Thomas Jefferson coming as well?
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Yes, I would like to very soon.
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serah53000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is epic goodness. :eager:
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
why thank you
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RowanGingerRaven Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome!
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Thank you :)
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RowanGingerRaven Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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Evves Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
I wish there was a way to favorite this so that it was the only thing people saw on my homepage.

Have you ever read American Heroes by Edmund S. Morgan? The chapter on Washington is fascinating, and through a juxtaposition with Franklin & Adams respectively was one of the better explanations of his motives that I've read.
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Thank you so much for the kind words. No, I haven't read that one. Have you read the Real George Washington? Its all his own words. Love John Adams and Ben as well.
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Evves Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
It's really very good, and has much more on other slightly less well known people that shaped the America we know today. =)

And I haven't read that one yet, but I see there are some audiobooks of it on youtube, so I'll be sure to check it out! And I adore Ben (not all of what he did, but for the most part his heart was in the right place and he's an absolute genius). John Adams though...oh John Adams. xD More of a spark than a flame really. (If that makes sense- more passionate and flashy is what I'm going for.)
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
I loved the John Adams mini series from HBO
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Evves Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
I've been watching that on youtube because of your suggestion- thanks muchly! :3

...but, I remained confused about Hamilton's accent. Very deeply confused. .___e; He was born in the Caribbean, why does he sound scottish? WHY? I DEMAND ANSWERS DAMMIT- WHY??? @@

And I'm terribly sorry for the lateness of my response, I'm having health problems so I was sleeping most of the time. D':
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
sorry to hear bout your health. You definitely need some to get you a present of the John Adams DVD set.
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Evves Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Oh I wish! xD
Then I could finally have something to try to keep me awake instead of accidentally falling asleep constantly. :3 Would you happen to know how much it is?
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
bout $30 bux on DVD on ebay
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TakadaSaiko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing!
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
thank you :)
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VagabondX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Wow. Awesome.
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spicemaster Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
thank you so much
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