“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington
George Washington February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799
George Washington never had a need to boast that he knew more than the Generals, he was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. And he never bragged about a secret plan to defeat the enemy, rather he executed his plan by leading his troops to battlefield victories at Trenton and Princeton before capturing British troops at Yorktown.
After serving as first President of the United States for eight years, Washington warned in his Farewell Address that his greatest fear for the new country was that forces would try to divide Americans and undermine the country’s principles.
Washington argued that its citizens should come together to resist those people: “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”