responsiblity to weigh available information that goes above and beyond the shallow and superficial, to determine for themselves and their own conscience what is true or a lie, right or wrong, and good or bad.  Going on the premise that many facts of history have been altered and obscured, an inquisitive mind naturally asks who, what, why, where, and when in order to obtain the truth of a matter.  It is in the spirit of truth and search for it, that inspired the effort to find answers in this portrayal of the Father of our Country.

This essay is not intended to be a history lesson, but rather a verbal illustration reflecting, highlighting, and expressing particular aspects of special interest.  Since there is so much information to digest on any given subject, in varying degrees of complexity, it is necessary to cut to the chase and get to the point.  Many of the founding fathers believed the real American Revolution was not as much about refusing to pay unjust taxes, as it was the revolution of ideas which preceded and caused the war.  Together, the thirteen colonies set out to create something new under the sun and an unparalleled event, a government which derived its just authority from the consent of the governed, yet it cannot be denied there was a strong Masonic influence undermining for control.

Many stories circulate about the Masonic activities of George Washington and so it is on that basis this adventure started.  It began with a question that led to other questions.  For example, what were the Masonic ties to George Washington, who attended him when he was on his deathbed, and why was he excessively bled in his weakened condition.  The vile practice of bleeding was a subject of much criticism even in those days and Mrs. Washington was not at all sure it was the right thing to do for his ailment.  Historians agree that Washington was bled first on four occasions by Albin Rawlins.  Then enters Dr. James Craik, an old friend and personal physician of General Washington diagnosing quinsy (tonsil related), who did more bleedings at midmorning, early afternoon, and a final bleeding at about 3:30 p.m., at which time five pints of life giving fluid were taken in last application of the lancet (pointed, two-edged surgical instrument).  There were two other physicians present as well, Dr. Gustavus Brown and Dr. Elisha Dick, a younger doctor who diagnosed violent inflammation of the membranes of the throat and seriously doubted the wisdom of such treatment, proposing instead a tracheotomy that was overruled by Craik and Brown, who were both educated at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  Scottish rites anyone?  Craik also happened to reside in Alexandria, Virginia.  Hmmm....

Some in the medical profession say he probably died of asphyxia, a condition resulting from inflammation of the epiglottis, shock from loss of blood, and dehydration.  There can be little doubt that excessive bleeding reduced him to a low state and very much aggravated his disease.  George Washington bore his suffering with fortitude and resignation to Divine Will.  With surprising self-possession he prepared to die, composing his form without a sigh, groan, or pangs of struggle, he appeared tranquil and said to Craik, "I am dying, sir, but am not afraid to die", as his noble spirit took flight on December 14, 1799.  Shortly after his death, in January of 1800, Dr. Craik wrote to Dr. Brown saying he had met with Dr. Elisha Dick again concerning the situation of their illustrious friend General Washington.  Craik acknowledges Elisha's clear reasoning and evident knowledge of the cause of certain symptons after examining the General, assuring them (James Craik and Gustavus Brown) it was not really quinsy as they (Craik and Brown) had supposed but a violent inflammation of the membranes of the throat and he was averse to bleeding.  Dr. Craik goes on to admit he thought if he (Craik) and Brown had acted accordingly to Elisha's suggestion, their good friend might still be alive.  But, in spite of that he excuses and downplays their serious mistake by adding the disclaimer they were governed by the best light they had and because they thought they were right, they were justified.  Excuse me, but we have found out otherwise!  Not only were they advised, they were warned, and they still decided against a better and more suitable option, that could have saved the life of their "dear friend"!   Of course this Dr. Craik was awarded honorary status to this day.  Something is starting to smell very rotten and beginning to look and sound mighty suspicious if you ask me.  Do the words betrayal and assassination ring a bell?

That brings us to the next logical question, why would someone want the General out of the way and what did he do to displease them to the extent of taking such drastic measures?  Especially since he was buried at Mt. Vernon with Masonic rites conducted by Alexandria Lodge #22.  The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is just a mile from the Potomac in Alexandria, overlooking the nation's capitol and standing 333 ft. on historic Shooters Hill.  Washington was Charter Master of the Alexandria Lodge while he served as President of the United States.  The Washington Family Crest is displayed over the stage of the auditorium.  Hattie Elizabeth Burdette was commissioned to paint General Washington in the Masonic Regalia he wore as acting Grand Master, for the laying of the cornerstone of the U.S. Capital in 1793.   He owned at least two Masonic aprons, three Masonic constitutions, a Masonic jewel, wrote letters to various Masonic Lodges, and attended Masonic ceremonies and celebrations.  Nevertheless, George Washington was an individual of high integrity with profound respect for religious principles.  Were there problems of differing viewpoints and conflicting belief systems?  You bet!

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity that sought to transform the social landscape of the early Republic.  Masonry first appeared in the colonies in the 1730's and by the eve of the American Revolution, there were dozens up and down the continent that exploded in numbers in the following decades, expanding even to small communities on the frontier while Massachusetts became the home of 21 Lodges by 1779.  Freemasons like to take all the credit for what George Washington stood for, when his own words clarified his position as he solemnly warned of impending dangers, probable snares of greed and corruption, and lust for power in his Inaugural Speech (1789) and Farewell Address (1796).   Freemasons secretly and underhandedly strived to create a new hierarchical order, affording members an extended support network, promoting itself as "enlightened" while characterizing Christian belief as sectarian bigotry, and was a surrogate religion for an Enlightenment suspicious of traditional Christianity.  While American Freemasons evolved to survive and thrive, its roots in exclusionary ruling class unionism with special privileges, made it a home for those working against the real principles of the American Revolution.  Dishonest revolutionary mythology was a smokescreen used to hide the memberships self-serving objectives and to pander to the brotherhood's delusions of greatness.  Freemasonry plays fast and loose with the truth.

The Proceedings of the U.S. Anti-Masonic Convention, held in Philadelphia, Sept. 11, 1830, very eloquently lays out an irrefutable case in no uncertain terms. Let it be noted that George Washington called Freemasonry "Child's Play" in 1780 and subsequently announced to a committee of right worshipfuls of King David's Lodge that, "It was not agreeable to him to be addressed as a Mason."   When Washington retired to private life, Freemasons Andrew Jackson and Edward Livingston were two of three men to vote against Congressional resolutions giving thanks to Washington, who is also quoted in 1798 as saying, "It was not my intention to doubt that the doctrine of the Illuminati and principles of Jacobism had spread to the U.S., no one is more satisfied of this fact than I am."  In a letter to the President of the Continental Congress in 1787, George Washington warned against delegating extensive trust to one body of men, hence the necessity for the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government.  He was also in favor of the abolition of slavery and freed his own.

To get a clearer image of what kind of man George Washington was, I have closely paraphrased sections of his two most important speeches.  Herein, I believe, lies part of the answer to why he may have been eliminated.   In his first Inaugural Address he had the moral conviction and personal courage to state for the record, some very interesting and important words of wisdom.  He said, "Nor can the members of Congress exempt themselves from the consequences of any unjust and tyrannical acts which they may impose on others.  No government before introduced among mankind ever contained so many checks and restraints to prevent it from degenerating into any species of oppression.  The blessed Religion revealed in the Word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove the best Institutions may be abused by human depravity and in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes.  Should hereafter those who are entrusted with management of this government, incited by the lust of power overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the inalienable rights of humanity, it will only serve to show that no amount of words however provident and sacred, can be formed to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on one side aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.  The People of this Country should guard against ambition as their greatest enemy and should not imitate other nations that have been celebrated for a false kind of patriotism, wishing to aggrandize our own Republic at the expense of freedom and happiness of the rest of mankind.  I rejoice in the belief that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the 'many' were made for the 'few'.  I most ernestly supplicate that Almighty God, to whose keeping I commend my dearest Country, will never suffer so fair an inheritance to become prey to all the protection and emoluments of the general government.  While others in their political conduct shall demean themselves, let us be honest and firm, let us advance directly forward in our duty.  Should the path at first prove intricate and thorny, it will grow smooth and plain as we go.  In public and private life, let the eternal line that separates right from wrong be the fence."

Finally, it seems appropriate to finish by quoting part of Washington's 1796 Farewell Address.  He warns us of, "Associations that are likely to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which lifted them to unjust dominion.  For the preservation and permanency of our government it is requisite to discountenance irregular opposition to it's acknowledged authority and resist with care the spirit of innovation upon it's principles, however specious the pretexts.  One method of assault may be to effect in the form of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown.  In all the changes remember that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing Constitution of a Country and beware of changes based on an endless variety of mere hypothesis and opinions.  Especially remember for the efficient management of your common interests of this Country, that government consistent with the perfect security of Liberty is indespensable.  Liberty with power properly distributed and adjusted, is itself its surest Guardian.  The spirit is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind.  The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention is itself a frightful despotism and leads to a more formal and permanent despotism.  The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an Individual, who uses the disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.  The common and continual mischief of the spirit of Party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise People, to discourage and restrain it.  The spirit of Party always serves to distract the Public Councils and enfeeble the Public administration, agitating the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindling animosity of one part against the other, fomenting riot and insurrection.  It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption which finds facilitated access to the government itself through channels of Party passions.  The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments into one, thus creating a real despotism.  Love of power, proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth.  Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.  Real Patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the People, to surrender their interests."

Oh yes, George Washington was a great man who understood tyranny and tried his very best to convey to future generations the absolute seriousness of guarding our precious Liberty from those who would try and take it away, from within or without.  He was of all people most wise to the goals of the "elitists".

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Portrait of George Washington: In Search of the Truth

By Mary Louise

The more a person learns, the more one realizes there is always more to a story than meets the eye and begins to see what was not seen before.  It is a process driven by a hunger and desire to know the truth for oneself, that enables the student to read between the lines and get past preconceived notions, misinformation, or propaganda to whatever remnants of truth that may be found.  This is our quest, to ask questions and seek truthful answers, not based on or sifted through the perceptions and biases of another.  Each and every individual has a