The Winter at Valley Forge

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George Washington and his soldiers arrived at Valley Forge in December of 1777 and expected Congress to have provided housing, food, munitions, and supplies. Instead, they found a snow covered field and a couple of jack rabbits. General Washington and his troops were left to fend for themselves, sometimes resorting to unscrupulous measures to keep from starving and freezing to death.

The reputation of congress has been serious  in  decline ever since.

I believe that this was just one of the events that lead the founding fathers to not trust congress to be able to manage the affairs of the nation. As a result, the founders purposely set up our government to make it hard for them to get anything accomplished. 

This provided the opportunity for them to fight and squabble amongst themselves and not have time to interfere with our private lives.


Only when they cooperate and get along is when we as citizens suffer the consequences.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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Taking our own government for example, how have they performed at looking after our best interests?

Let’s start at the beginning, even before we had an official government. A good place would be to start at Valley Forge, even though we could find evidence of their self serving interests even before that. Congress was supposed to have Valley Forge prepared for General Washington and his troops when they arrived that cold December morning.

Cabins and shelter was supposed to have been built, food was to be provided, instead when General Washington and his forces arrived , all they found was an open field. No shelter and no food. As a result many died from disease, and starvation, many froze to death.

Instead of fixing the problem, congress only fought among themselves and created greater hardships for the war effort. General Washington was left to scrounge for himself and then congress criticized him for some of the measures he took, and for the horrible condition his troops suffered due to congress’s neglect. Some things never change.


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