I am glad to see the rise of the so-called TEA Party movement. Democrats and Republicans alike have pitted against one another in divisive ways. There is corruption on both sides of the political spectrum, and there has been for years. Elected Dems and GOP members, at both the state and federal level, have gotten arrested and have violated laws with blatant disregard, supposing, perhaps that they are above the law. The American people are fed up. I am fed up.
Political wrangling is such that it is time for shift, a change—a major change—a moral, political and spiritual revolution.
I see, and hope, that not only the dems lose the majority in the upcoming election, but that all corrupt politicians and appointed officials get blasted off seats of national influence, district representation, and policymaking. I believe the day is soon coming that a third party will begin to integrate themselves on the ballots in a powerful way. We see that happening, in part, now. We can only hope that those who do run will run on the platform—and, in truth, follow the paths—of honesty, integrity, goodness and wisdom. Our country needs a political and moral revival.
I welcome a third or even fourth party influence if it will crush those who behave in ways that our first President, George Washington, warned against during his farewell speech in 1796. He warned against two powerful, contending political parties. Here's what he said:
Let me now…warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind.—It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed, but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and 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 and miseries which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and 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 purpose of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not be entirely out of sight) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils, and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasional riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged.