Alternate Domination

  1. First President George Washington“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.” — George Washington, September 19, 1796

    It has now been 215 years since George Washington said this in his farewell address.  It is ironic, the warnings, and encouragements our first president spoke of that still hold true. I was asked about my political thoughts the other night, and the people who know me, know that they are complex. I was at a loss to answer for a moment.

    When the average American asks where you stand politically, their question, or at least their desired answer is “Democrat, or Republican.” Certainly this makes sense, after-all, who votes for a third party? Washington never really considered himself a part of either party (at the time it was the Democratic-Republicans, and the Federalists) Our constitution never condoned the creation of a political party, but of course it was inevitable.

    If You and I want to ensure that Dogs become the standard service animal, and our opponent has a group of people firmly entrenched in his, or her, point of view, then why wouldn’t we build a political party? If it were inevitable, then why would our first President warn us that they are despotic?

    The truth is, if I tell someone that I am a Republican, they immediately assume I want to: tax the poor, end legal abortion, keep homosexual marriages illegal. They think that my goal is to cater to the rich at the expense of the poor, evangelize the White House, and a host of other positions they think are variously moralistic, or prejudiced.

    Likewise, if I say that I am a Democrat, well then I must be socialist, I should give the poor tax payer assistance, pay for National healthcare because I think it is their right. I should be enforcing a wall of separation between church and state, legalizing immigration because I think that there are masses of jobs Americans simply won’t do, and so, a work force from outside our country is required.

    I can’t blame them, people want to listen to the by-lines the media and alternating political parties give them, and assume they are correct. The truth of it all is I love the country we have for it’s freedoms, I love that we have a government, and I truly believe that both sides (for the majority) want to help make America better. I also think that America has a long ways to go to become the perfect country, that making America better requires the pain of forging it into steel. We can’t get where we want to be the easy way, and I wish more people could understand that. And that is why I am starting this blog. I want to get my belief’s out there, I don’t expect everyone to agree with them, and would love to hear more about other standpoints, but please, don’t attack someone else for the way they think, or assume that their political party is a manifesto of their beliefs.