Washington: A Visionary Leader
George Washington was a visionary leader because...
2. He knew how to make the people respect him and the government. A government cannot function properly if the citizens do not respect it, and Washington made sure that America understood how much power he and the government had. In 1794, there was a rebellion, known as the Whiskey Rebellion, that started because of the excise tax put on whiskey. The rebels started out fairly peaceful, but the situation grew to the point where they were tarring and feathering tax collectors, among other violent acts. Washington would not have it. He sent the militia of several states, a force of about 13,000 troops, against the rebels. They were met with no resistance, and only 3 rebels were killed. As a visionary leader, Washington recognized the need for respect for the new government so that it could govern the people in the best way possible. Washington could have ignored the issue or sent a smaller military force to deal with the Whiskey Rebellion, but he chose to fully assert his power so that everyone understood what it was.
The Neutrality Proclamation, as written by George Washington
The proclamation itself was not a long document, but the effects it had on America were unmistakable. Washington demonstrated his natural instinct to lead the country in the right direction.
Political cartoon describing Franco-American Alliance
In this cartoon, the rattlesnake represents America, and America is giving the French a basket of frogs. The cartoon is advising Britain to use peace negotiations with America as a wedge between America and France. Washington knew that some approved of the Franco-American alliance and some didn't, but that did not stop him from acting as he thought was right.
Flag used by the rebels during the Whiskey Rebellion
The Whiskey Rebellion was the first rebellion in America that was of consequence. Although it was relatively small, it was fierce and tested Washington as president.