The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length 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; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.George Washington’s Farewell Address
He might as well have named Donald J. Trump, the description fits so well. A hat/tip to Justin Amish and the Washington Post for publishing his opinion piece today. It motivated me to go look up Washington’s farewell address just to verify that was the language in the document.
Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.Justin Amish
2 thoughts on “George Washington on Political Parties”
While i applaud Mr. Amish for going his own way from the Obstructionist Party, i am wary of his libertarian streak and his Tea Party affiliations. He bears watching.
I don’t know a damn thing about him other than that he was brave enough to strike his Republican colors in the face of the threat that is the Orange Hate-Monkey. That act was worth noting. What struck me about his article was how spot-on George Washington was in describing Donald J. Trump without knowing or naming him. What that proves is that the Birther-in-Chief’s game is pretty predictable, should have been understood from the beginning. If only more people had been willing to call him out on it when it really mattered. Now we are in damage control mode when the damage could have been entirely avoided.