Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Like the Roman leader Cincinnatus, who twice led the Roman Republic to victory in battle and then stepped down and returned to farming, George Washington led America to victory over the British, then served two terms as president, only to return to manage his farm at Mount Vernon. The world stood in awe as Washington delivered his Farewell Address on this day, Sept. 19, 1796. He stated: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars.”