A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll reveals 74% of Americans believe that George Washington lied to the public while in office. Why? What's the evidence? Why would I call a man a liar in the absence of any knowledge? How many of those polled even have a clue what issues Washington faced in office? How many of them could accurately even number his terms in office? How many of those polled have ever read an article on the climate of public opinion surrounding Washington during his years in office?
I don't know if George Washington ever lied to the public in office or not. The consensus among historians is that
- he demonstrated great integrity in his exercise of the public trust.
- He was aware of his unique position at the start of what he hoped would be a great nation.
- He stated publicly that religion and morality were the indispensable supports for a just government,
- He seemed to actually have given some serious thought to philosophy of governance.