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The paper provides a brief review of George Washington's 1796 farewell address, that addresses the reasons he will not be seeking a third term as the President of the United States and his hopes for the nation that he was so instrumental in creating and guiding. The paper highlights Washington's rhetorical skill and how he stresses unity, fairness and neutrality in the workings of the federal government.
From the Paper:"Washington starts by explaining that he will not be seeking reelection, and then goes on to explain why. He stresses that it is not due to a lack of "gratitude which I owe to my beloved country for the many honors it has conferred upon me," or because he has not received the support he required from his nation and its citizens, but rather simply because he feels he has reached an age where he must retire, and feels that "patriotism does not forbid it." He is incredibly careful in the opening paragraphs to express extreme graciousness to the nation as a whole and its statesmen in particular, thanking everyone profusely for having trusted him for so long. He is also very calculating in the way he uses this praise to lay he foundations for the next, more fundamental and far more extensively detailed message in his farewell address.
"One of the comments Washington makes just before his transition is that if he is due any praise for services he has rendered to his country, it should "always be remembered to your praise, and as an instructive example in our annals." In this way, he begins to makes his case for the continued unity and solidarity for this new, large, and diverse country. This is the larger theme of his address, and by introducing it this way he ties his point to his prominence as a person and his stature as a national leader without explicitly invoking these things to sway his readers' minds."
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