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|User Info||OpEd: It's Dying (Calen Fretts); entered at 2012-01-21 13:00:43|
I don't think Washington would be shocked. More likely if he was not such a gentleman he would say 'I told you so'. From his 1796 Farewell Address. A warning against the party system;|
...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 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.