Friday, December 12, 2014

The Poison of Politics and Parties

Were you aware that our founding father George Washington predicted the dangers of political corruption as a result of partisan divisions?  In his 1796 farewell address, Washington cautioned of the threat to Liberty invoked by political parties who enable the government to take power not granted to it by the people.   He went on to caution that the parties can organize special interest factions and “give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party.”  Such thirst for power has slowly evolved over the years as the very politicians we elect engage such power for self-serving interests or for the benefit of their political affiliation rather than for the benefit of the people and the country they serve.

Have we truly evolved as Washington had foreshadowed in his final adieu?  Almost 219 years since Washington’s farewell address we find that our country continues to debate our state of internal affairs.  As time progresses the longstanding battles between partisan groups seems indefinite, regardless of which party “wins” it is always the public interest that comes in a distant (and silenced) second. 

Vigilance The Price of Liberty embraces the silence and offers to help the public find its voice and enable action for “what you can do today to save America tomorrow".