George Washington



Individuals entering …society
Posted on February 24, 2016 by Patricia
In Other Words

“Individuals entering society must give up a share
of liberty to preserve the rest.”
George Washington

George Washington
Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, The United States February 22, 1732
Died December 14, 1799

Ratification of the US Constitution in New York, 1788
George Washington’s letter of transmittal of the US Constitution to Congress, page 1.

In Convention, September 17, 1787.


“WE have now the honor to submit to the consideration of the United States in Congress assembled, that constitution which has appeared to us the most advisable”. . . .

“It is obviously impracticable in the federal government of these states; to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all—Individuals entering into society, must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.”


“Individuals entering society must give up a share
of liberty to preserve the rest.”
George Washington

When President Washington sent his letter containing this quote to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787 he no doubt shocked many people. A lot of history has been recorded in the United States of America since that time. Many amendments been made to the Constitution.

The Supreme Court has had their arms twisted in every direction by one political party or the other to make more amendments to the Constitution. Decisions regarding everything from super PACs Widgets to a woman’s right to choose, to guns and gizzard shad. In more recent times cases about the US Government spying on the citizens telephone and email messages for the sake of homeland security. People are still giving up their liberty to preserve it for the rest.

George Washington in his letter to the Constitution Convention in 1787 could never have dreamed of the ramifications of what his quote would come to mean in the centuries to follow. He did realize, for the sake of preserving liberty for the rest, every individual entering society would have to give up a share of his liberty.

President Washington had the foresight and wisdom to understand the full meaning of what he wrote in that letter to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. General George Washington had the guts to do it, to preserve the future liberty for all.

Middle East Peace





A Bird, a Plane, You!
You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice:

the ability to speak and understand any language
the ability to travel through time

I would choose “the ability to make any two people agree with each other”
For the chance of peace in the Middle East.

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He also currently serves as a member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud party.

Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen) is the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)

Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu and Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, gentleman my name is Leland Olson. I am little gray-haired man who resides in the United States of America. I have been given the superpower to make you two come to an agreement. This is without a doubt the luckiest day of your lives. You will be part of history making. Your part of the world will be free for all of the people who reside there, for the first time in generations.

Powers given to me on this day make you two agree, so I have to be careful on how I move with this meeting. I do understand that you would both immediately agree to kill one another. That is not what we are here for. We are here so you two will learn to start loving each other. You both will sign peace agreements. The PLO well then recognize all of Israel’s rights to live as an independent free state, a government onto themselves. Israel will sign agreements dividing the land between the people. Palestine and the People of Israel will have no borders or barriers. From this day forward they all will learn to work together and to be a shining example of what peace can be. All this takes is for you two people to start signing these papers and you will become famous peacemakers. You two will no doubt share the Nobel Peace Prize the next time it is awarded.

When you two leave here today go back to your people, welcome them all, Israeli and Palestinian with open arms, celebrate freedom, with your neighbors, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.