Invoking And Ignoring George Washington

It happened again in the United States Senate:

Today in the U.S. Senate, Johnny Isakson of Georgia read George Washington's Farewell Address. Some senator has done so annually since 1896. It's one of the crueler examples of our leaders celebrating political ideas that they ignore.

We should not adopt positions just because George Washington did. But if the Senate insists on reading a speech mostly about the evils of permanent alliances while almost universally supporting several such alliances, some senator should at least explain the irony.