Washington's Farewell

Feb 18, 2019

George Washington's prophetic farewell address was once revered as civic scripture. In it, he expressed fear that hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars could destroy the country. 

When George Washington left office he delivered a prophetic farewell address. Once revered as civic scripture, it is now almost forgotten. In it, Washington called for unity among “citizens by birth or choice,” defended religious pluralism, and proposed that education is essential to democracy. He also expressed fear that hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars could destroy the country.  Journalist John Avlon has written a book about Washington’s Farewell, and he joins us Monday to talk about it. (Rebroadcast)

John Avlon is a Senior Political Analyst and fill-in anchor for CNN. His book is called Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].