It was the year 1776 when American colonists declared independence from Britain and set the stage for war with one of the most powerful empires in world history. Though the group of ragtag colonists initially found themselves at a major disadvantage, given military supplies were low, disease was rampant, and food scarce, seven long years of war proved victorious for the Americans, and a new nation built on freedom, liberty, and limited government was born.
So humble were America’s origins and so insatiable the appetite for freedom and liberty that George Washington refused to allow his soldiers to install him as a King with ultimate authority over the newly founded nation, yielding power back to Congress before being elected as the first President of the United States six years later. After eight years of governance, Washington voluntarily stepped down to ensure the presidency remained limited in its power. As a consequence of his commitment to his principles and America, Washington established a precedent that eventually became law after it was once violated by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940s.
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington
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