A 4th of July Message 🇺🇸

I consider myself a student of history. Outside of business books and Jack Carr's novels, I primarily read about history and historical figures. I have found myself immersed in books about the Civil War and American Revolution as of late, as I believe the lessons learned during those times are needed in today's America.

My favorite character to read about during this time period is George Washington. Considering today marks the 248th birthday for America, I figured why not expound on the main takeaways from George Washington's Farewell Address. If you have never had the chance to read his address in whole, here is a link. I believe his cautions and foresight are proving true. The fix for America will not come from a political election until the citizens of the United States demand our leadership do better.

I am not a Republican or Democrat. I find both parties nauseating, immoral, and corrupt. I believe in the founding documents of this country. I believe in personal freedoms (even if your beliefs are different than mine). And as my sister so eloquently put, I believe in the flag that so many have died to defend. If you have never been to a national cemetery, I challenge you to do so this year. Read the names of the soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines buried there. Google how they died and how they lived. 

It is a great reminder of the ideals for which the country is supposed to stand. Black, white, brown, Christian, Muslim, Mormon, male, female, all buried side by side fighting for the idea of a democracy created from the belief that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


George Washington’s Farewell Address takeaways…

1. National Unity

Washington emphasized the importance of national unity as the cornerstone of the nation's independence and prosperity. He warned that regionalism and factionalism could weaken the country and urged Americans to view themselves as a unified people rather than divided by state or regional interests.

2. Dangers of Political Parties

Washington cautioned against the divisive nature of political parties. He believed that partisan politics could lead to despotism and distract the government from its primary duties. He argued that political parties could incite jealousy and false alarms, open doors to foreign influence and corruption, and ultimately undermine the government's effectiveness.

3. Neutrality in Foreign Affairs

Washington advised the nation to avoid entangling alliances with foreign countries. He believed that long-term alliances could drag the United States into unnecessary wars and conflicts. Instead, he advocated for temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies and encouraged the nation to focus on its own interests and development.

4. Importance of the Constitution and Rule of Law

He stressed the importance of adhering to the Constitution and the rule of law. Washington urged Americans to respect the authority of the government and the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, which he saw as essential for maintaining order and protecting liberties.

5. Morality and Religion

Washington highlighted the role of religion and morality in maintaining a just and stable society. He believed that religious principles were vital for fostering the virtues necessary for good governance and civic responsibility.

6. Fiscal Responsibility

He warned against the accumulation of public debt and emphasized the need for fiscal responsibility. Washington advised the government to avoid unnecessary borrowing and to ensure that any debts incurred were paid off promptly to prevent burdening future generations. 


I leave you with this: enjoy your 4th of July! Remember what America is supposed to stand for. And do not be fooled that America’s fix will come from our political leadership or an election. I do not fault any person for who they choose to vote for in November. It is truly a sad state that over an hour of the debate last week was focused on which person was the worst president in U.S. history and golf. 

The path forward isn't through division, but through unity, civic responsibility, and a renewed commitment to the ideals that have long defined the American spirit. It's up to us, as citizens, to embody these values, to hold our leaders accountable, and to work towards the ideals established on this day 248-years ago. This 4th of July, let's not just celebrate our past, but also recommit ourselves to shaping a future that lives up to the promise of America.



Pat Montgomery

Founder, KCCC

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