Unjust Dominion

Farewell Address - Saturday, September 17, 1796 (George Washington's Mount Vernon)

"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."

It's unfortunate that the early government of the United States did not heed the warning from the first POTUS. Our elections have devolved into a majority two-party system with either party demonizing the other and forcing the country into tribal Blue and Red states. Americans elections are more like popularity contests or sports, with fans wearing the colours and chanting the empty and meaningless slogans or their team.

I don't care which candidate you vote for in the midterm election. But I do care, HOW you vote. If you always vote along tribal lines -- Republican or Democratic -- regardless of the quality and qualification of the candidate, in my opinion, you are the enemy of freedom and democracy.

If, on the other hand, you vote based on your personal conscience and what you think is best for your town, county, state, and country, then please consider ALL your choices.

The supporters of either party would like you to believe that their two teams are the only ones in the game. But it's a lie. There are other parties. Please consider candidates for local, state and federal positions from the other parties. I have listed links to the websites of the major alternative parties.

Political Parties

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796 by George Washington (loc.gov)

“Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”

I think the USA failed to heed this warning. We have a two party system mired in divisive opposition to each other. Our politics have become tribal and our elections not much different than backing a sports team.