Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Geo. Washington On Party Politics

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & 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 & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & 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."


Found here.


staghounds said...

Washington was God. We were SO lucky in him, and his advice is still good.

These "greatest American/President" lists should all start with him. Then there should be nothing for a loooong way down.

phlegmfatale said...