Washington’s Farewell Address A Warning For 2016 Election
There were no Constitutional limits at that time but he yearned for private life, a simple life.
He took the opportunity in September 1796 to give an address that was his guidance and vision of how the new Republic could survive.
Often called “Washington’s Farewell Address” it was both a challenge and a warning to the Nation.
First he warned of foreign involvement in America:
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government …
He also warned of Political Parties:
However political parties may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
Washington also warns that some may claim to be working for the people by answering their demands and solving problems but in reality they are working to obtain power from the people and place it in the hands of a few unjust people.
He thought they would seek to obstruct the execution of the laws created by the government, or prevent the constitutional branches from enacting the powers provided to them by the constitution.
Despite Washington’s calling to only change the Constitution through amendments, he warned the Nation that there might be those seeking to overthrow the government and thereby would use constitutional amendments to weaken the governmental structure to a point where it would be unable to defend itself from political factions, enforce its laws, and protect the people’s rights and property.
So fast forward to the election of 2016.
We seem to have a foreign government, namely Russia, interfering with our election and closely tied to Donald Trump’s candidacy.
We have a GOP controlled Congress, the Legislative branch of Government, obstructing the Judicial branch from fully completing their constitutional tasks and even threating to obstruct, impeach and disrupt any person whose is not of their liking.
We have a Congress threatening to amend the Constitution to obtain their ideals.
We have two Political Parties seemingly out of touch with the 50/50 makeup of the Nation and thereby bringing about complete gridlock in the seeking of power and control over the other.
We have a Nation heading towards complete Fascism with Donald Trump or into complete governmental gridlock and chaos with the election of Hillary Clinton.
President Obama is correct that it isn’t just Trump or Clinton names on the ballot.
It’s Freedom on the ballot.
It’s Democracy on the ballot.
It’s America’s future on the ballot.