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10) Rules of Civility

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Rules of Civility

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George Washington leaving Mount Vernon for his inauguration by John Ward Dunsmore

Rules of Civility  There are three facts about George, therefore, that you need to understand in order to make any sense at all out of the events of the War of Independence, which will be supported as we progress in this study so the reader should withhold judgment until he finishes the manuscript just as I withheld judgment from George until it was obvious that I could no longer do so in all fairness to General Charles Lee and the Men who fought and died for Liberty.

I) In the parlance of the time, George was Landed Gentry which simply means that because he was such an accomplished ass kisser (having been the Crown's Ambassador to the French on this side of the pond), the Crown had given him a chunk of property and made him their tenant (steward), because the Crown owned all the land in the Kingdom. We have actually, thanks to Franklin, come full circle in this regard and if you look at the title deed to your house, if you happen to have one, you will see that you are not the owner of said property but simply the tenant - just like George.  Thus, if the colonies revolted against the Crown, the Founding Fathers ran the risk of getting kicked off their property which is why George was against Colonial separation from England and didn't change his mind on this point until the very end of the war and his actions speak louder than the words he spoke in public to get elected ("read my lips, no new taxes" on tea). 

II) George cared more about his reputation (with the Crown first, Congress second and the public lastly) than he did about the state of the union or the fate of the revolution or the condition of the troops.  We're talking about the man who wrote the male version of Miss Manners Public Etiquette and the first thing he said to one of the Founding Fathers after he was elected Commander in Chief was that this was the beginning of the fall of his reputation and this tells you exactly what his plans, goals and motives were. He already knew he was going to lose the war and his reputation with it.

III) His only real goal was to get the war over as soon as possible so that he could get back to his precious Mount Vermin which he did immediately after the war was over and our first hint of this occurs at the very first battle where he almost got himself captured by the Brits and the only thing that saved him (and the revolution) was one of the retreating troops grabbing the reins of his horse en passant and, literally, dragging his ass off the field with the Brits right on their heels. 9



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