Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

President Washington

President Washington’s Farewell Address

Transcript of President George Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)

print-friendly versionFriends and Fellow Citizens:

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of… Continue reading

Washington, Redskins, Costas, and Spoons

I recently came across an aphorism of which Bob Costas should be made aware —“Those who stir the crap should be made to lick the spoon.”

During the football game between the Cowboys and Redskins, Bob Costas used his halftime segment to espouse his opinion of the mascot chosen by the team that calls Washington home. Bob claims the use of Redskins as a mascot is a slur and insult.

Sports teams choose a mascot in an effort to create a competitive identity for the team. Chicago has the Bears, Oakland has the Raiders, Kansas City has the Chiefs. There… Continue reading

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