Earlier today, Scott posted a serious and thoughtful tribute to George Washington. I think Scott hits the bullseye when he says that “[a]t this remove in time, [Washington's greatness is] also the hardest to comprehend.” Our society has degenerated to the point where we hardly can comprehend, let alone expect in our politicians, the sort of integrity and nobility for which Washington constantly strove.
To some degree, Washington’s integrity, in which his contemporaries had such extraordinary confidence, has been caricatured, and therefore devalued: “I cannot tell a lie.” And yet, the unwillingness to lie, while only the barest beginning of a catalog of Washington’s virtues, isn’t a bad starting point. Hence today’s cartoon by Michael Ramirez. Click to enlarge: