Broom Hilda (9/7/09)

09-07-09 (Broom Hilda)

As a resident of Illinois, I’ve see more tributes to Abraham Lincoln in the last six months than most people will see in their lifetimes. And while I fully appreciate his contributions, I don’t think of him as America’s greatest president. I would reserve that title for George Washington, who is most often though of as a general but whose decision to resign after two terms in office reverberates to this day. Washington could have been a de facto king (something many rulers of newly independent nations fall prey to) but his willingness to step aside sent a powerful signal to his countrymen that democracy was about more than personal ambition.

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