Authoritative Direction

Excerpted from George Washington’s Farewell Address; a letter to The People of the United States of America, published in American Daily Advertiser, September 19, 1796.

 

Washington recognizes that it is natural for people to organize and operate within groups such as political parties, but he also argues that every government has recognized political parties as an enemy and has sought to repress them because of their tendency to seek more power than other groups and to take revenge on political opponents. He feels that disagreements between political parties weakened the government. Source, Wikipedia…

 

Anyone watching anyone of the Sunday morning political chat shows would or could weigh the remarks of the guests differently with just an add-on to the limited information about them, such as, Senator so-and-so, or Representative so-and-so from the great state of, and no other information displayed in the ID banner; weigh, how you may ask? Examples, ‘That sounds logical or that is ridiculous or I think I will give that some more thought’, all one needs to know to change the trajectory of the remarks or how they will be perceived is to add the political party affiliation after their name on the ID banner at the bottom of the screen, (R) for republican, (D) for democrat or (I) for independent, suddenly the view of that person and their remarks are cast in a wholly different light, if one can call it that. Can we now conclude that it was the knowledge of their party affiliation that colored their remarks for you for the better or the worse? The first president was right; political parties can weaken government in so much as to turn the promise of good government into a purely partisan affair where on some rare occasions there can be no winners just a pile-up of in-fighting until one side or the other decide to give in for the wellbeing of the nation, adopting the all too evasive compromise…and with the compromise, the promise of good government can be fulfilled…  

 

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