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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

George Washington tried to warn us

To the Editor:

The dangers of unprincipled and revengeful politics were warned against by George Washington, as explained in the excerpts from his farewell address shown below. Let us all strive to evaluate unbiasedly the actual character of our candidates for the presidency, as well as for other officers.
“However [political parties] 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.
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.”

William Macomber
Stonecrest

 

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