Beware of Impostors

“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.”


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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2 Responses to Beware of Impostors

  1. LB says:

    How are you holding up, Jim? Each day is a challenge with 45 (to say the least!)


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Other than the embarrassment of a petulant, narcissistic president who behaves like a high school sophomore, everything his great. The best thing about the guy temporarily sitting on Pennsylvania Avenue is that his ridiculous win has waken up the American people and reenergized the vast majority to act on behalf of what our great nation stands for: inclusiveness, diversity and respect. Once those principles are reestablished all the other BS will take care of itself.


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