ARE FACTIONS REALLY THE LIFE OF THE PARTY? George Washington said…

The Democrats are having a field day. They’re reminding everyone that the Tea Party caused the recent government shutdown. By closing down the government, and bringing about near default on the national debt, the Tea Party consciously placed it’s own agenda above the well-being of our citizens and the financial health of the nation. They have no regrets.

Their self-serving actions pleased the Democrats. It was like a Christmas present. This fiasco may have given the Democratic Party the advantage that they need to win the next election. While the Tea Party in Congress has caused me great anxiety, the thought of a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress doesn’t make me feel much better. What will they do? Will they look out for the welfare of all citizens of this country or will they pursue their own agenda at the expense of the greater good? I’ll let you answer that yourself from your own experience.

Our Founding Fathers never intended factions (the original label for political parties) to govern this nation. They had a vivid understanding of the problems that factional politics could cause in government. George Washington was very vocal in his warnings about political parties. In his 1796 Farewell Address at the end of his Presidency he said:

One of the expedients of party to acquire influence…is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other[s]. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these  misrepresentations;     they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.’

‘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 … 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 the common counsels and modified by mutual interests.’

‘Let me … warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party … in [governments] of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.’

George Washington hated political parties and factionalism, exactly the scenario that we are seeing in our country today. Stated simply, he says that parties represent themselves at the expense of the national interest and the well-being of each citizen. With political parties, it’s not a question if they will pursue factional interest. It’s only an issue of the degree of self-interest that they display at your expense and mine!

The only solution to this problem is to vote for the person instead of the party. Monitor your candidate’s performance once in office. Verify whether or not their voting record corresponds more closely to your vital interests or to the party line. Whenever you see a party-first voting record, get rid of them. Vote only for those people who support you and act in the interest of the nation as a whole. You’ll be happier with the results and, ultimately, the nation will thank you.

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