Saturday, January 29, 2011

With all the Bluster About Civility, Congress Needs Only to Read Rules from our First President

It is only fitting that with all the recent banter about "civility" in government, our politicials have forgotten what a real national leader is or should be.

How many presidents or politicians have run multiple businesses, spent a career in the military, presided over Congress, and gave up power willingly rather than seek it beyond any measure of democratic principle - all in one lifetime?

Look no further than to the first President of the United States, George Washington.

George Washington, the Father of the United States, exhibited notable manners throughout his life. Diligence in social matters was common practice in a decent society the world over, during his lifetime. At the age of 14, George washington wrote down 110 rules under the title, "Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation."

These rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maximsand were intended to polish manners, keep alive the best affections of the heart, impress the obligation of moral virtues, teach how to treat others in social relations, and above all, inculcate the pratice of perfect self-control.

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