Does your party represent you and your beliefs? In 2014, Rasmussen released a poll that said 53% of people believe that neither party represents the American people. Do think that number has improved in the last two and a half years? Me neither.
Does your presidential candidate depict the epitome of your party? I sure hope not.
Has your party left you? Maybe they were never really for you…
George Washington’s Farewell Address says so clearly, something that we still struggle to comprehend. “They serve to organize faction; to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common councils and modified by mutual interests. However, combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion…
…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…
…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.”
Ah, man! That Washington guy gives me the chills! It’s crazy to imagine that that speech was given 220 years ago. It’s amazingly accurate.
I know I put a lot out there. If you don’t enjoy old political speeches the way I do, it’s really easy to get lost in it. But it is really important to understand what he is saying here, so I’m going to pull out a few phrases I want you to really focus on.
- “to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party.” This is why the majority of Americans do not believe either party represents the American People. They don’t. They represent themselves.
- “unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government.” I know this one just sounds crazy. We’d never have an unprincipled man in the White House or running for president… oh, wait…
- “The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual.” We’re only human, and we’re afraid. So we look to someone we think is strong and might keep us safe and we deem him some sort of god. We lose the power we have as individuals, and the unique governing system that makes us the freest nation in the world.
- “It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.” Doing back-alley business with other countries, allowing outside influences to change the way we govern in America, and letting foreign governments try to sway or dictate our elections… I’d say the door is open.
I am not a fan of party politics. And I don’t think it’s hard to see why.
When I was younger, I often wondered what would happen if a republic ran as a democrat or vice versa. I now realize that we see that kind of party infiltration all the time. The number of left leaning “republicans” – the kind no real conservative would vote for – is astonishing. But they get in. They get elected. They are brought up and funded by the party to change the party from the inside. And we vote for them because next to their name is the ever-comforting (R). Let me assure you that a continent in parenthesis has absolute nothing to do with a person’s belief system. NOTHING.
It’s important to do real homework about the people you are voting for, and as long as parties exist, people will fail to do so. I want to see the demise of political parties in my life time.