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The View that Guaranteed America's Democracy

Mount Vernon, Virginia
June 16, 2011

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At museums, at the capitol, docents told us the story of Washington and with amazement told us how in 1783 he confirmed America's path of democracy by resigning his position as general of the army and handing power back to the Congress. But you only have to visit the veranda at Mount Vernon, with its sweeping view of the Potamac, for his decision to make perfect sense. You can have your political squabbling in the hot meeting rooms of Philadelphia, he must have thought. I've got better places to spend my time.