George Washington on Government

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Strong Central Government:


George Washington not only favored a strong central government in association with state governments, or a federal system, he believed it was essential to the survival of the United States.    After the Revolutionary War, the United States was a country without a direction.  It was deep in debt from the war, the people were split by geographic, economic and political issues, the central government did not have the power to govern effectively, and the people were happy to be “free,” but uncertain of the future.  Slavery became an issue as the contradictions between this evil institution, and the words, which provided the foundation for the world’s newest nation, liberty and freedom for all, clashed as violent philosophically as the armies of the Colonies and Great Britain did on the fields at Yorktown.  The discourse between the thirteen states revealed that each had not only its own agenda but a collection of issues that would threaten the success of the Union without a central guiding force enveloping all into a common cause.  Washington’s views on the kind of government the United States should have was shaped largely on logic, fear, paranoia, impatience, hope and persistence.