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dd asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 month ago

"Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light." -George Washington?

What's your opinion on this quote? 

Update:

Will truth come out on its own or should we take pains to bring it to light? 

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  • 2 weeks ago

    People are capable of fantastic acts of denial, I'm afraid, so - no, not always.

  • j153e
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    1 month ago

    The actual quote deals with media bias and social disinformation/opinions, and reads "...it is not difficult by concealment of some facts, & the exageration of others...to biass well-meaning mind--at least for a time--truth will ultimately prevail where pains is taken to bring it to light."  https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington...

    Aside from George Washington's freedom of spelling, would note that he uses "mind" in the Biblical sense, and that more understood in his day, that mind is one, is of God; and that he uses the 16th c. meaning of "pains" as labor (i.e., not penalty).

    Washington writes this in response in August, 1794, to a Kentucky delegate who had written President Washington with his concerns re an able U.S. General then leading a militia in Kentucky with the goal of seceding from the U.S., and rejoining Great Britain.

    Washington's truth was that the Union with its ideals of freedom, justice, and liberty for all would prevail against a particular media spin.  The second, larger framing was that the first domestic tax had been passed by coastal elites, on the farm products of less-affluent inland ("flyover country" for the birds) farmers and others, in order to pay off the U.S. Revolutionary War debt.  These latter individuals were often Veterans of the War, and they obviously did not take kindly a selective tax on them.

    Ironically, the so-called "Whiskey Rebellion," as their armed resistance came to be called, while perhaps intended to demean or deflect the more sober concerns of the "deplorables," became a point of valor for them, as those locals knew more of the value of their labors (crops, etc. given in part to distillers) than did the "swampers" passing the lordly tax.  The coastal elitists underestimated the ability of the "deplorables" to organize and to resist such a tax.

    A third level of framing was also involved:  the French had supported the rag-tag warfare led by George Washington during America's war for independence; then, in 1793, radical forces overthrew the French government, and declared war upon Britain.  In 1794, Britain was capturing U.S. ships trading with France.  Later in 1794, the British military constructed a fort in the Ohio territory.

    By July, 1794, successful armed resistance to Federal tax collectors was so concerning, that President Washington rode as Commander in Chief of a 13.000 man army into Pennsylvania.  His Lincolnesque magnanimity, kindness and firm resolve earned him the respect of the resistance.  (Later, the "Swampists," influenced by Jefferson, would rescind the tax.)    A month later, George Washington wrote his letter to the Kentucky delegate, essentially counseling patience (Kentuckians were so fierce in their opposition to such a job-killing tax that Federal revenue agents for the most part did not bother them).

    Recommended:  "The American Story:  The Beginnings" by David Barton and Tim Barton.

    Somewhat-alternative perspective:  "The Great White Brotherhood:  In the Culture, History and Religion of America."  ("White" refers to the perceived holism of rainbow rays of Light, not a "race.")  

      

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