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George Washington Warned: Factionalism Incites Foreign Meddling

Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:30
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In his 1796 farewell address, George Washington gave a pointed admonition about the dangers of factionalism and excessive allegiance to political parties: “Let me…warn you in the most solemn manner,” he said, “against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”

As a new president begins making his mark on our nation and the world, the farewell address offered by our very first president is both timeless and uncannily relevant. One passage, in particular, is worth quoting at length as Americans consider the future of this country:

[The spirit of party] agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarm

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