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The shame of a polarized nation

Washington D.C. has become the black-sheep alcoholic uncle of every family. He’s still relative and invited to holiday dinners, but nobody trusts him alone with their children.

Our founding fathers never intended for the party vs. party politicking that we have today. The framework they created was with a vision for a servant government, representative of a multi-cultural melting pot society, so that the legitimate interests and concerns of all American’s were taken into account by a leadership working with the underlying goal of doing what was best for the country.

The inherent flaw in our founding father’s design of course, is that it assumed our leaders would ultimately always place “national loyalty” above party royalties.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case and the real shame of it is the time, energy, money and opportunities that have been squandered because of it.

Our founding fathers knew of the dangers in party politics, and in-fact avoided ever even mentioning political parties in the Constitution. They understood how divisive partisan vote-chasing could be for our country and went to great lengths to prevent it.

In his farewell speech, President George Washington said, “They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community”.

Still, the financial and power greed of human nature eventually made its way into mainstream American politics and has delivered us to where we are today.

So, while we could and should have been encouraging, empowering and enriching millions of lives by solving some of the very real and surmountable problems people are facing day to day, we’ve been too heavily focused, refocused and distracted by sound-bites from the media, pundits and politicians as they’ve kept fictitious scores on wedge issue battles that they fight publicly for one reason, and one reason only – to keep “we the people” polarized and prevent us from demanding a truly United States of America.

If our founding fathers were alive today they’d flip their Whigs.

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