In 1796, President George Washington delivered his farewell address, in which he explicitly warned of the dangers political parties posed to just government. "[T]hey 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...."
Yet, to look at our news headlines of late, one would think that our two major parties were our government, bound by the principles of our Republic and necessary to its continuity. Guest contributor Luke Wager has a more pragmatic - and, in our opinion, accurate - view of things.
To wit: The parties don't represent you. They don't particularly need you. And they most certainly don't care about you.Read More