President's Day: Washington Never Stopped Fighting the British Empire
February 20, 2012 • 9:30AM

In this perilous time for America, when a British puppet occupies the Presidential chair, and a dying British Empire lashes out with fire and sword, it is well to remember how a real American President comports himself when faced with the destruction of the nation. During George Washington's second term as President, the British Empire launched multiple, cascading attacks on America's sovereignty, attempting to lure the new nation into self-destructive wars against France, and even Britain itself. At the same time, the Empire encouraged attacks on the U.S. Constitution, financing and seducing a wide range of groups to completely forget their own actual interests, which were tied to the national interest.

George Washington did not fool himself that the American Revolution had decided the contest for all time. Even before he became president, when a group of Western Massachusetts farmers, financed by a group of Canadian (i.e., British) doctors, began a so-called tax revolt in 1786, Washington wrote to David Humphreys, his former aide-de-camp, "...there surely are men of consequence and abilities behind the Curtain, who move the puppits [sic]. The designs of whom may be deep and dangerous. They may be instigated by British Councils — actuated by ambitious motives — or being influenced by dishonest principles, had rather see the Country plunged in civil discord than do what Justice would dictate to an honest mind."

In a letter to Henry Knox, his future Secretary of War, Washington was more explicit:
"That G.[reat] B.[ritain] will be an unconcerned spectator of the present insurrections (if they continue) is not to be expected. That she is at this moment sowing the Seeds of jealousy and discontent among the various tribes of Indians on our frontier admits of no doubt, in my mind. And that she will improve every opportunity to foment the spirit of turbulence within the bowels of the United States, with a view of distracting our governments, & promoting divisions, is, with me, not less certain. Her first Manoeuvres will, no doubt, be covert, and may remain so till the period shall arrive when a decided line of conduct may avail her. Charges of violating the treaty [that ended the Revolution], & other pretexts will not then be wanting to colour overt acts, tending to effect the great objects of which she has long been in labour. A man is now at the head of their American Affairs well calculated to conduct measures of this kind, & more than probably was selected for the purpose. We ought not therefore to sleep nor to slumber — vigilence in the watching, & vigour in acting, is, in my opinion, become indispensably necessary...."

As both Britain and France, in succession, impressed American seamen, seized American goods from ships on the high seas, and brought prize ships captured from each other into American ports, their respective factions howled for war against each other. But the venom directed against each other was nothing compared to the venom directed against George Washington. After the execution of King Louis XVI in France, a newspaper catering to America's deluded Jacobin faction featured a cartoon entitled "The Funeral of George Washington," which showed the President being guillotined. But the cool-headed President, who had brought the Continental Army through seven years of war to victory, never let personal pique distort his perception of the national interest. War with Britain and France was avoided, both Shay's Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion were ended, and a lot of deluded Americans woke up to the fact that they had been fooled by a cunning and relentless foe.