Op/Ed: Who’s the Next George Washington, and What Will He or She Look Like?

Dr. Peter Lillback

President of the Providence Forum

Author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire

When George Washington stepped on the American stage, he became its indispensable leader. From the first bullet fired in the French and Indian War to his Farewell Address, he molded America by his values and beliefs.

Washington pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence. He honored his pledge by eight brutal years of danger from British weaponry, Congressional cabals, and the sagging morale of his under supplied soldiery.

He accumulated vast political capital in the “times that try men’s souls,” enabling him to rescue the newly independent “united” states from their floundering under the Articles of Confederation. Presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and as president, he framed and led a new government, assuring its success.

Without surprise, the seat of government was named for the “father of his country.” But surprising are the decisions—especially those of late—that have been made in the city that bears his name. Washington D. C., in an almost Freudian patricidal manner, continues to dismantle George Washington’s values.

We know what Congress, Courts and Presidents, as well as Professors like Peter Singer think of crisis pregnancies, the elderly, the handicapped. But what about Washington? His commitment to mankind’s unalienable right to life would have quickly settled these questions. Having done time for adultery in a Caribbean jail, Alexander Hamilton’s mother left her ne’er-do-well husband with babe in arms and Alexander in her womb. This was at a time when the stigma of illegitimacy had severe life-long repercussions. Nevertheless Washington personally groomed this talented young man for greatness in his corps and in his cabinet. Washington’s personal care of his aging and ailing mother speaks of his gratitude for this widow that as a single mom raised him to be a man of character. Washington’s grief at the passing of his handicapped teenage step- daughter Patsy, who succumbed to epilepsy, reveals that her death was not a relief but an intense sorrow to his fatherly soul.

Washington believed marriage to be the most significant moment in a person’s life. He had no thought of the legitimacy of homosexual marriage. “Sodomy” was a crime in his army that resulted in the drumming out of the culprits. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was not the standard for his men.

His economics reflected his Virginian and Puritan ethics of avoiding debt, practicing thrift and taking personal responsibility. His last words to the nation were to avoid debt, not to go to China and saddle future generations with red ink. Washington proposed no bailout for his friend Robert Morris, the great financier of the Revolution. Instead Morris spent his final years in debtors’ prison due to failed speculation over the location of the city that bears Washington’s name. Both accepted this irony because they believed that personal honor was inseparable from personal responsibility. Washington’s Farewell Address tells us clearly, if we have ears to hear, why pork barrel legislation and deficit spending are deadly to a republic.

As to foreign policy, the pre-NATO Washington warned of entangling alliances. Perhaps today we must have alliances, but we would still be wise to heed his advise to avoid entanglements in battles that are not our own.

With remarkable prescience, Washington wrote of the possible demise of our Constitution due to “human depravity” manifested in political leaders’ lust for power, aided by the loss of the moral will of the people. Does this seem like this evening’s news?

Where did Washington get his moral compass that guided him from small beginnings to national greatness? The answer is contained in simple but powerful concepts that permeate his writings: “eternal rules of right,” “human depravity,” “character,” “honor,” “providence,” “God,” “true religion,” and “conscience.” These inform his timeless phrase from his First Inaugural Address, “the sacred fire of liberty.”

Who then will be the next George Washington? Perhaps the real question is, “Can there be another George Washington at all?” With hope that there can, I summarize what he or she will believe:

1. A rejection of partisan politics by putting the good of the whole before the interests of the parts.

2. Governing from principle, not from political expediency.

3. A rejection of chronic indebtedness and wastefulness.

4. A celebration of free enterprise that benefits the common good.

5. A focus on moral values, not on untested social experimentation.

6. An advocate of a limited government that limits spending by limiting activities to the limitations of the Constitution.

7. A protection of the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

8. A national defense that maintains peace by its strength.

Will we have the opportunity to vote for him or her, and repair our rusting republic by a recommitment to the wisdom of Washington? Is it too much to hope for?

General Washington was often in seeming hopeless despair during the Revolution, exemplified best by the wintery struggles of Valley Forge. But faith then, like faith today, was a powerful weapon to conquer despair. As our Founding Father wrote to a clergyman:

No Man has a more perfect Reliance on the all-wise and powerful dispensations of the Supreme Being than I have nor thinks his aid more necessary.

Those words of faith will surely characterize the next George Washington as well.

Dr. Peter A. Lillback, author of the #1 best-selling “George Washington’s Sacred Fire,” is the president of The Providence Forum. E-mail Dr. Lillback at plillback@providenceforum.org.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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