Thursday, October 10, 2019

Political Parties

From George Washington's Farewell Address:
“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.”
Even as Washington was headed to his first, unanimous election as president, others began jockeying, manipulating, and forming parties. Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and Madison - all participated, and there was already a lot of fake news, vile insult, and dirty play.

I am listening to another history podcast American Elections: Wicked Game which will run weekly until the 2020 election, covering each of the 58 campaigns in order. I have listened to the first two, about Washington in 1789 and 1792, and am liking the series. Recommended.

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