The Society was formed as kind of a private club for American and French officers who fought during the American Revolution. Enlisted men, militia members, and civilians couldn't join and member often passed to the first son, expect for a brief period when it was stopped to keep Washington happy. This, along with opinions from members that a republic couldn't work and the general population shouldn't have a say in running the country, caused people like Jefferson and Franklin to believe that the Society was plotting to establish a monarchy with Washington as king.
Naturally this didn't happen and later Jefferson and Franklin became honourary members of the Society. Members also played an important role in in the western expansion, getting plenty of land and riches along the way, so sure there was some back room benefits for members.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse...A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Firstly i'm fully aware of the Society of Cincinnati. however i will have sympathy with George Washington, and even if i come from London, there is no sour grapes, he was truly a great man of democracy, i really don't care he was a mason and involved in hermetic study, and indeed Washington DC has many alignments to Sirius and Alnilam, if there is corruption it happened after he died!
Firstly lets put you on a time capsule to the 18th century, George Washington went to good schools, indeed most universities at that time were mostly involved in "CLASSICAL STUDY", looking at history of the Romans and Greeks, look at below:-
I'm against empires and have great sympathy with George Washington in his fight against England and democracy for America against English Taxes!
I'm fed up with Bible Belt stuff, lets look how great he was!
Please have sympathy with him with his schooling....it was all Classical Education, when he was chosen to lead America, he looked for a role model in "Classical Education".....actually he found a great role model that he followed!
His role model was Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, a great role model, both were farmers, both really didn't want to get involved in war, it was thrust on them, and when they won the war, they didn't become dictators, they left to become humble farmers again.....thats so good!!!!!
Lets look at the ancient model that Washington followed:-
Thanks for posting this topic. I'd like to see the article that you're referring to once it is posted on the net. I have been researching the Society of the Cincinnati, too, for the past couple of years since I started doing genealogy. I had a couple of family members who were original founding members of the society and, apparently, I still have distant cousins in my family tree who are members of it today. This group is probably one of the best-kept secrets in American history.
From everything I've read about the Society of the Cincinnati, it appears that it was formed (and still operates) as America's secret aristocracy. (They're the U.S. version of Downtown Abbey.) After the Revolution, many people believed that the experiment in democracy would fail and that the U.S. would devolve into a monarchy. The Society of the Cincinnati was set up to be the "American House of Lords" if that happened. As the most prominent, elite group of revolutionaries, they would be America's Earls, Dukes, Knights and Barons. That's why Thomas Jefferson detested the group.
You cannot join the Society of the Cincinnati; you're born into it. If your family did not receive an invitation more than 200 years ago you're basically out of luck. Like the European aristocracy, membership in the society is based on primogeniture. When one member of the group dies, his seat in the "American House of Lords" is passed to his eldest son and heir. Since the American democracy was successful, the Society of Cincinnati shifted gears and evolved into what is probably America's most exclusive "Old Boys Networks." Since the group's members and their families fancied themselves to be “aristocrats,” they would only marry into the other “aristocratic” and powerful families. That holds true even today. They remain a close-knit group of powerful, wealthy men who still wield a lot of influence in American politics and society. Throughout the group's history members have been congressmen, senators, governors, ambassadors, generals, and the titans of Wall Street. They have their fingers in just about everything and still have some pull.