answersLogoWhite
Auto Insurance Claims
Debt Collection
US Constitution

What did Washington think of the two-party system?


Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2009-09-09 07:16:34

Here are direct quotes from George Washington in his farewell address. Source: The Independent Chronicle, September 26, 1796

19 Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the constitution, alterations, which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments, as of other human institutions; that experience is the surest standard, by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes, upon the credit of mere hypothesis and opinion, exposes to perpetual change, from the endless variety of hypothesis and opinion; and remember, especially, that, for the efficient management of our common interests, in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is, indeed, little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits prescribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.

20 I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discrimination's. 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.

21 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.

22 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.

23 Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to 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.

24 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 occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find 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.

25 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. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

012
๐Ÿ™
0
๐Ÿคจ
0
๐Ÿ˜ฎ
0
๐Ÿ˜‚
0
User Avatar

Your Answer

Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

What is the budget of Washington State Park System?

The budget of Washington State Park System is 76,000,000 dollars.


why do you think Washington was so concerned about these two issues?

fart


What is the Washington mutual routing number for Washington?

I think it is 325070760...


What president created Washington D.C?

George Washington I THINK


How did Washington get it it s name?

The city? From George Washington it think


What kind of sharks live in Washington?

i think hamerheadsharks live in Washington


What town did Bella arrive at?

Forks in Washington i think. Forks, Washington


Why did Washington distrust the two party system?

Washington distrusted the two party system because it limits the number of political options.


Union leader at Richmond?

supposably George Washington but i think its wrong supposably George Washington but i think its wrong its grant


Why do you think George Washington was one of the presidents carved in mtrushmore?

I think George Washington was carved in Mt.Rushmore is because, George Washington was propably one of the greatest presidents in Mt.Rushmore.


Why did Martha Washington die?

Why did Martha Washington die inI think a high fever.


What is the postcode of Washington?

i think its 20260 :)


Where did J. Holiday grow up?

I think j holiday grew up in Washington d.c I think j holiday grew up in Washington d.c I think j holiday grew up in Washington d.c


Who started the Cabinet System?

George Washington


What system of government does Washington State have?

Democracy


Where is the cascade mountain range?

washingtonCascade rage in Washington, Oregon and California is a mountain system. This mountain system run all the way to Canada.


What did Malcolm X think of the 1963 March?

Malcolm did not the think the March on Washington would accomplish anything. He was said to have called it the Farce on Washington.


Who was the Washington monument built in honor of?

You 'd think it was in honor of George Washington, wouldn't you?


How many US representatives does Washington state send to Washington DC?

i think 43


Under whose presidency was the federal court system established?

False information: Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe... I think you get where I am going, don't you? GEORGE WASHINGTON! :s


Which state is north of Oregon?

i think its Washington


What did George Washington think of himself?

that he was hot


How do people travel in washington?

i think is by OZN


Did Washington think he was a great leader?

yes


Are there Crocodiles in Washington?

no I dont think so


Still have questions?