After this weekend's political action, I feel compelled to talk about the true O.G. - George Washington. It's been a fun experience to read and study Ron Chernow's fantastic biography of Washington, all while this bizarre presidential campaign unfolds. The first president of the United States didn't really want the job, and lived in a time when it was considered unbecoming to outwardly campaign for political office. Contrast that to today's political climate and you have a fun juxtaposition.
Here are my favorite excerpts from the book and why I believe more politicians need to look for some guidance from our first president -
While Washington owned slaves his entire life he arranged to have them freed upon his wife's death. Today that sounds like too little too late, but as a prominent southern landowner and the most famous man in the country in the 18th century, it was a brave decision:
On productivity and self-improvement:
How he controlled his temper and always displayed sound judgement:
His real legacy:
I have been extremely frustrated with our political process lately. But after reading about Washington's life I see that American politics have always been insane. Things ultimately work out. Things work out because of the few great men our country has had to lead it - those who are ready to rise to the occasion when the decisive moment comes.
It started with Washington - where does it go from here? I don't know what's going to happen, but when it comes time to vote for our next leader, look for the person who brings "maturity, sobriety, judgement, and integrity" to the job. We need as much of that as we can get moving forward.