According to his Farewell Address, what were Washington’s views and concerns?    

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When President Washington left office, he gave the country advice on three issues.

First, President Washington said to avoid having political parties. He believed political parties would tear the country apart. He was concerned politicians would do what was in the best interests of the political party and not what was in the best interests of the country.

Second, he told the country to stay neutral in foreign affairs. We were too new of a country to take sides in disputes. He understood that by staying neutral, it would reduce our chances of being involved in a war. He understood that we weren’t prepared to go to war so soon after gaining our independence. Washington understood how hard it was to get the country started and moving forward. Getting involved in a war would make this process more difficult.

Finally, Washington told the country not to make long-term agreements. He was concerned that the needs of our new country were constantly evolving. If we made long-term agreements, we might get locked into something that wouldn’t be beneficial for us in the long run.

Washington showed his brilliance while he was President. As he prepared to leave office, his farewell comments reflected that brilliance.