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Constitutionally Correct Blog

Constitutionally Correct Blog

GET RID OF THE PARTIES

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Over and over again, when talking about the importance of an alternate party (or as most people call them these days, “Third Parties”), someone will say, “Let’s JUST GET RID OF THE PARTIES!”

Almost without exception the person who says, “Get rid of the parties” will always reference George Washington’s Farewell Address:

“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. 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, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, 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 common counsels and modified by mutual interests.”

They usually end with that paragraph. HOWEVER, Washington goes on in the very next paragraph and recognizes the likelihood of parties:

“However, combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

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