As Long As We Continue Electing Politicians, Nothing Will Ever Change. Voting Doesn’t Matter If The Candidates Are Corrupt. Laws Don’t Matter If The People Enforcing Them, Are Corrupt. Only We The People Can End The Rampant Bribery In Washington!
President George Washington makes some very strong assertions in the above three paragraphs regarding the harm which can come from opposing political parties. He says that the natural tendency of one political party to be opposed to the agenda of the opposing party is the greatest enemy that an elective government like ours can face. He talks about the alternate domination of one party over the other leading to increasingly bitter rivalries and to each party becoming more determined to gain and maintain control. President Washington also warns us that foreign governments can more easily influence countries controlled by political parties. Look at the anti-American trade deals both parties have repeatedly made to get big donations (bribes) from all the corporations and foreign governments who have profited.
George Washington, our first president, was one of our most patriotic and courageous presidents. During his presidency, he was very troubled by the relentless hostility between the Federalist Party and the Republican Party, also known as the Jeffersonian Republicans. I encourage everyone to read George Washington's own words, in quotation marks, about political parties. The following excerpt from his speech, consisting of three paragraphs, is taken verbatim from George Washington's Farewell Address which he delivered to Congress and to the nation in 1796.
"I have intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy. 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 to 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.
President Washington states that the animosity between the parties provides an opportunity for foreign governments to take advantage of our fractured leadership and join with whichever party favors their agenda. When foreign governments influence Washington DC, they buy special favors, lucrative trade deals, and tax loopholes which are detrimental to our economy. Our tax laws favor US companies that move their manufacturing out of the country. Our tax code also permits American companies to avoid or delay paying US taxes by buying foreign companies making them foreign corporations for US tax purposes. As long as they keep their profits abroad, they can delay paying US taxes until they return the money to our country. Democrats and Republicans have been talking about eliminating these loopholes for decades while they continue taking money from these same companies benefitting from these loopholes. All we ever get from our elected leaders are empty promises made during the heat of their campaigns. After every election, we have no control over what politicians do, and they know it. Presidents from both parties have repeatedly disappointed us. That’s why most presidents watch their party lose seats in Congress during the midterm elections.
"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 finds 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.
"There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchial cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest instead of warming, it should consume."
Most of us now agree that our country is headed in the wrong direction. Each political party’s aggression is met with greater aggression from the opposing party. The two parties have led us down a destructive path. We see ample evidence of this, every day. Whichever party controls the House or the Senate engages in endless investigations of the minority party, wasting time and money while the people’s needs are ignored. The people are paying a heavy price for all these political battles. The Democrats and Republicans are more polarized now than they have ever been, and it will only get worse because neither party has any incentive to stop playing politics. Both parties are well aware that they collectively control our entire election system, on the federal, state, and local level. As a result, we are usually forced to choose among politicians, regardless of party, in all elections. This must change, or our country will continue to decline.
Returning to Washington’s Farewell Address, he reminds us that the people have a duty to be vigilant and prevent both parties from hurting the country by, and I quote, "force of public opinion." Even George Washington could not have foreseen the degree to which politicians in both parties have undermined the people’s will in exchange for money and power. President Washington is speaking to us from his grave when he implores us to come together and mitigate the destructive behavior of both parties. Let's take back our election system by using the internet and social media to encourage honest, brilliant, patriots to run for all elected offices. We must stop relying on an election system financed by hundreds of billions in bribes from special interests to provide us with honest, capable candidates seeking limited service. It has rarely, if ever, worked in the past and will never work in the future, as bad people's addiction to money and power only intensifies.