George Washington Honesty

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In the founding of our nation, George Washington made a simple but immensely significant statement: “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.” The importance and meaning of this statement never becomes more obvious until a closer look into the workings of America’s government is taken. What Washington and the other Framers realized was there is challenge in establishing law; it could not be made so strict that it could not be altered to change with the times, nor could it be so vague as to cause divers interpretations. The law must be written to allow the “wise and honest” to change, but it should also be written in a way that the unjust cannot abuse it. What Washington understood was that every nation faces a potential of corruption because there are those who seek power for themselves and their interests. Therefore, care…show more content…
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