George Washington Was Right

August 28, 2008 at 9:38 am 1 comment

With the Democratic National Convention wrapping up tonight, the entire Democratic party is hoping that the four-night love-fest will get this one point across to the entire nation . . .  no, the world: The Democratic party is united.

But is it?

Sure, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Pres. Bill Clinton verbally announced their support behind Barack Obama, to thunderous applause.  Still, there are Hillary fans out there that still are not convinced that Obama was a better choice than Hillary.  Most damaging to the left-wingers is that some people don’t believe that Obama is a better candidate than McCain.

With all the crap that gets thrown at the Republican party, one thing remains certain, and has remained certain for the past 15 years: the Republican party is ready to back any of their candidates.  Romney, Huckabee, and Giuliani all now throw their weight behind McCain, despite an at-times heated campaign for the Republican nomination.  Doing so, and doing so early gave the Republicans the time needed to solidify their base, and watch as the Dems tore at each others’ throats for another few months.

What this showed me was Founding Father George Washington was right.  Political parties are a bad idea.

“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 [political parties] 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.

“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.”

What I believe, in regards to political parties, is that they force voters to side with one group or the other, based on popular beliefs.  For example, I’m a twenty-something minority currently living in a heavily democratic state.  I’m also a long-time Republican, having grown up in a traditionally Republican state and brought up with traditionally conservative beliefs.  But, I’ve never always voted Republican, and the only political campaign I’ve ever volunteered for was for a Democrat.  Given my current situation, does that mean I should vote for Obama, because everyone else in my state, my school, and my circle of friends will do so?  Or, should I vote for McCain, out of some political party loyalty?

The answer is a resounding NO on both accounts.

Why should I vote for Obama?  Because it’s the ‘cool thing’?  Because he’s a minority just like me?  Or is it because I think he’s the best man for the job?  But, in doing so, does that automatically make me a Democrat?  Absolutely not.

I may be a registered Republican, but I support gay rights, strong anti-nuclear proliferation, a draw-down in troops in Iraq, and, though I consider myself pro-life, I’d never overturn Roe v. Wade.  All these things I came to on my own, not because the member of some political party told me to.  What I hope for all Americans that are able to vote this November is to vote with their head.  If you’re embarrassed to say who you’re going to vote for, you don’t have to tell others.  It’s none of their business anyway.  There will be plenty of Democrats and Independents that will be voting for McCain, and they’re proud to do so.  Likewise, there are lots of disillusioned Republicans that will vote for Obama, so either way, you won’t be alone in whoever you vote for.

If I had my way, there wouldn’t be political parties, for all the obvious reasons.  But, I guess it’s human nature that we shoehorn ourselves into groups.  Obama is only half-Black, but he’s considered African American.  McCain is known as a maverick with an independent streak, but he’s a Republican.  I believe that the things these two men do and vote for are because of what they think, not because of what their party thinks.  If Americans can continue to vote for what they believe in, regardless of who says it or what party it came from, then we can still proudly say we are a Democratic Republic.  We make our own destiny, we steer our own ship.

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  • 1. Dr. Know  |  August 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    George Washington said some other things also. To see them, Google “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious Right.”
    Dr. Know


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