Aug 17, 2011
George Washington wrote his most infamous speech in 1796. It was dubbed the "Farewell Address" and it was the most innovative and insightful speech ever written to the people of the United States. In the address, Washington gave his opinion on the prospect of political parties. He was initially worried that splitting the government into sections and political parties would ultimately lead to rivalry and hatred. How did he know? Centuries later, we're in the midst of political debate; separated by our greed and want to be "superior" to others.
How was George Washington so insightful? Common sense! When you have heated discussions over politics before there are political parties, separation will only make the situation worse. Near the 1800's, people were dead-set on accruing a government system that would meet their needs but they really had no idea what their needs were or how to meet them. Thus, Republicans and Democrats were born as inevitable and immortal enemies. Fast forward to the future where we've added a disdain for Liberals and a disgust for those who refuse to choose a political party, and you've got the cocktail of useless idiocy and hatred that Washington was so afraid of occurring.
Washington admitted that political parties every once in awhile could be a good thing but after elections, they should be disbanded to reserve argument for a certain time every year. The political parties of today are Washington's worst nightmare. There are killings, beating, jealousies, and an array of negativity from one party to another throughout the year. It's more of a segregation tool than race or gender ever was. Maybe through listening to presidents from the past, we can fix America for our future