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.

The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

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Megyn Kelly pulled her sons out of the private elementary school they attended after she learned that the boys were asked "weekly" if they were still sure they were boys. But that's not all that this "experimental transgender education program" taught.

Megyn joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to tell the story, which she thought had ended when the school apologized, and to talk about what's next for America as our leaders refuse to promote actual psychological support for our kids and instead "parade" transgenderism as the solution to their problems.

"When [my son] was in third grade, I found out they unleashed a three-week experimental transgender education program on these boys, with really inappropriate videos. The kids were confused. These are 8- and 9-year-olds, Glenn. They have no idea what the school is even talking about with the trans thing. They got really in-depth, with really in-your-face videos — and then parents complained. And the school did something it hasn't done in its 400-year history, which was they apologized. Even they realized they had done wrong," Megyn explained.

"But, then I said to my son a year later, so did they ever round back to the trans thing? Like, whatever happened with it? And he said ... they bring it up every week. ... [They ask] how many people here still feel confident that they're a boy? Do you still feel sure you're a boy?" she continued. "This is not support. This is not nonbullying. This is indoctrination. And it's deeply confusing to the children, and wrong."

Megyn went on to give examples of how she's seen trans ideology turn "support, nonbullying, kindness, friendship, allyship, on its head."

"The absolute surrender of the medical community to this insanity is a scourge on this nation. It's disgusting what is happening with our doctors," she added. "There are people who are legitimately transgender, or who have gender dysphoria. And for those people, we should be supportive and they should get the care that they need. But what we've done instead, is taken everyone who expresses any kind of gender confusion and said, you're trans. You're trans. And we have our psychiatrists doing this."

"It's crazy," Megyn asserted. "The fact that we're doing this so willy-nilly in the name of allyship and support, it's abusive. It's criminal."

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"Never forget" is not only a tribute to those we've lost, it's a warning that it could happen AGAIN. On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck looks back 20 years ago to the modern generation's Pearl Harbor moment. A day of infamy we're STILL feeling repercussions from.

But in remembering 9/11, we need to look toward the future because the Biden administration is setting us up for the NEXT 9/11. They bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal, and now we have video of top al Qaeda commanders — who served with Osama bin Laden — returning to the country. But could America survive another terror attack?

Glenn asks former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the leader who brought America back from the brink. He tells Glenn about the moment he learned the Twin Towers were struck, the actions he took to prevent more terrorism, and if he thinks NYC could survive another attack under Mayor de Blasio's leadership.

Glenn is also joined by Rev. Johnnie Moore, author of "The Next Jihad." He warns that Biden's policies in the Middle East are Obama 2.0, and "if you thought ISIS was bad, you haven't seen anything yet. We must keep our eyes on Iran."

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