I occasionally reread important documents to the founding and preservation of our government. Because of the changes in our language, it can sometimes be a daunting challenge. One such document is Washington's farewell address.
if you haven't read it, I highly commend it to you. I was inspired to do so by listening to Hamilton's
"One last time
". If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend you do.
It is amazing how prescient Washington was. He predicts Trump
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.
and he predicts McConnell
the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution, in those intrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism
he even predicts Putin
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.
And he predicts, less directly, the current conflicts over confederate monuments
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations.
and provides the antidote
The name of american, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the Independence and Liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.
Take the time to read it, to digest it. It will make you a better, and better informed, citizen.