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Washington's farewell address: Fourteen points and the league of nations

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George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. He has made a long journey in his life, by being both a military and a national leader, and by this gained plenty of experience that he was willing to share with the coming generations of a newly formed country. Washington's Farewell Address appeared in the mass media sources when he declared that he was not going to run the election for the third term in office. For many years his piece of advice was the foundation for the US foreign policy. However, in the early 20th century such events as The Fourteen Points of Woodrow Wilson and creation of the League of Nations were somehow based but at the same time represented imperialistic policies that America had adopted at that time. In his Farewell Address, Washington suggested ideas that would benefit the United States of America and help it on the road to a world power. The key idea of his speech was to convince Unites States citizens and future politicians in the need for "good faith and justice toward all nations" and economic rather than political ties with any nation (Gilbert, 35). Economic connection won't give the country any responsibility and won't require any kind of action in case of war. ...read more.


(Schraff, 64). Wilson's actions were based on cultivating peace and harmony with all the nations like Washington advised. The Fourteen Points did not contain anything that would deprive any country of its rights (League of Nations, later in time, made Germany responsible and guilty for everything, assigning reparations and excluding it from the union and such kinds of actions created a foundation for World War II) (Schraff, 213). It also suggested free trade that would economically benefit America. However, it did not give priority to the economic ties, Wilson saw politics and economy to be equally important in foreign affairs. League of Nations was created right after the World War I as a commonwealth of confrontational countries uniting to prevent the possibility of any kind of future aggression by establishing and observing rules (Heing, 43). It caused lots of arguments and discussions within the American society. Debates were going on about whether or not Article 10(1919), it was unlawful in terms of Monroe Doctrine (Monroe Doctrine have denied European access to the Western Hemisphere, but weakening the wording of Article 10 made it possible for Europeans to intervene with domestic US policy). Congress voted on this question, and in the closest race congressmen who opposed the entering the League of Nations outnumbered their opponents by 7 people (Heing, 57). ...read more.


The country followed legislative branch, pointing out that Washington's policy is still a foundation for the national policy (though with certain changes in the causes of political isolation of the Western Hemisphere such as Roosevelt Corollary provided). The foreign policy today has not changed much as well. The United States of America keeps out of other countries way, unless there is some kind of threat against us. When September 11th happened, people started to feel threatened and insecure about what will happen in the near future. Since this horror, the diminishing of the World Trade Centers happened in United States and in our territory, the President declared War on Terrorism. The government does not interfere with Israel and Palestine's wars (which also has many terrorist attacks) but tries to make peaceful comprises to benefit both sides. The United States does not meddle into the ongoing war. As an experienced leader and a true patriot, in his Farewell Address Washington introduced us to the type of policy that in his opinion would be the most beneficial for the country and upcoming generations. Over the time, some of the obstacles in the world changed, so some corrections to the American foreign policy were necessary. However, the basics foundation would remain the same. Setting an example for all the other countries, the United States of America were mission was to promote democracy and cultivate peace and harmony, as it's obviously shown by the Fourteen Points, creation of the League of Nations and today's society. ...read more.

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