George Washington — Factions

In his 1796 farewell address, George Washing put on his spectacles and looked right into the future when he warned us about the dangers of political parties or as they were then called “factions”:

“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 purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”

George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address

To which faction do you belong? You see what they have done to you? Do you feel a little like Pavlov’s dog?

Reread the above from the top, until you get it completely. It is what we have today, a rhythmic repeating the two competing parties ideologies, or factions. Remember, McCains most celebrated person was Teddy Roosevelt, the founder of modern era progressives, and Hillary’s too. Odd convergence, would you say?

CNN has run a poll for nearly two decades, asking the same questions.  Some people think government is trying to do too much, the rest think government is not doing enough, In 2011 things changed, a record number of people thought government was trying to do too much. Which faction do you believe in?

Going in the wrong direction: According to the Heritage Foundation, their Freedom Index of the United States’ economic freedom dropped to 76.3 which puts us in tenth place worldwide. Over the last ten years the United States has declined in economic freedom.

In 2011, a record number of people reported they believed government is doing too much (or trying at least). That number has been tracking higher and higher since 2000, when it stood at 40%, now stands at over 60% today.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that the majority of likely voters in the coming elections, Americans were horrified that the federal government was doing too much rather than too little, when dealing with economic troubles.

How Would Americans Help Economy? Less Government.

When you dig deeper into polls, you realize Americans want government to do less … you realize Americans have very strong libertarian beliefs, at least economically. At this comprises a majority of voters, both Republican and Democrat. 77% in the Rasmussen poll want government to cut deficits. 71% say they want government to cut spending. 59% want the federal government to cut taxes.

Would you say Americans understand free market economies better than elected officials? Like Obama … The two parties are no longer doing the job, there has got to be better way.

If you want small government and a free economy, we’re headed in the wrong direction.

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