Washington’s famous words discourage party affiliation

In my effort to inform myself of current affairs and political machinations, I am frequently amused by those who assert “if we ignore history, we are bound to repeat it,” or words to that effect. To each of them I suggest that they take the time to read the complete farewell address by President George Washington after he completed his honorable service as our first president and “The Father of Our Country.”

Washington’s address stands today as one of the most profound and forward-looking political dissertations in the history of American literature and commentary. Particularly interesting to me was his views on “Party” politics. In his address he stated: “Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continued 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 enfeebles 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 doors 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.”

Sounds a lot like what we experience today by the two-party (Republican and Democrat) system. The “It” that Washington alludes to is obviously political parties of their own right. They do NOT have the needs and concerns of the American people. They are concerned only with their petty agendas and the attaining of power over us. Therefore, I urge you to take a stand NOW. Go to your county clerk and change your political affiliation to “INDEPENDENT” and henceforth vote solely for the PERSON, based upon their qualifications for the job they seek, but NEVER the party.

George Washington was — and is — right!

Mark Kennedy


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