John Adams said:
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
George Washington agreed, saying in his farewell presidential speech:
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and 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 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
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. 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.
There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.
TAKE HEED MY FRIENDS. WASHINGTON AND ADAMS WERE CORRECT. LET’S TAKE A LOOK.
In this review, we will not concentrate on the Democrats (Marxist/Progressives). The M/P’s have become loyalists to a philosophy that is the antithesis of every principle upon which our nation is founded. The M/P’s support arbitrary law, big government, concentrated power, and having a sovereign government with the people as the servants. The M/P’s believe in Collectivism and detest individualism. The M/P’s believe in central planning of the economy as opposed to a free market. The M/P’s believe in government ownership and regulation of private enterprise. The M/P’s believe that all private property is truly the states property and it is the right of the government to allocate such property including individual incomes. The M/P’s believe in conformity of thought and indoctrination of the youth. The policies and the principles of the Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) is everything the founders said should not take place if we were to remain a free and independent people. The Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) have been on this path for the last century and so the anti-American and anti-constitution positions of Obama and his comrades over the last eight years was to be expected. Yes, the Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) are the anti-American party.
It is the Republican Party that is causing real concern. Adams talked about the parties concerting measure in opposition to each other. Washington mentioned this spirit of revenge as well, but he also alludes to the individual finding his security within the party and not the nation. The danger is that citizens will have more loyalty to the party than they will to the country as the animosity grows between the parties.
For years, we have witnessed the Republicans rise above this threat. The Republicans had taken the lead of the founding fathers. Unlike the victors in the French Revolution or the victors in the Russian Revolution, the victors of the American Revolution were magnanimous in victory. In both the French and the Russian Revolutions, the opposition was imprisoned, tortured, and or killed. Lenin had at least 4 million people killed during his short reign. Lenin was in power from November of 1917 until his death in January of 1924. At least 25,000 people were killed during the 9-month reign of terror after the French Revolution. Over 16, 000 were beheaded by the Guillotine.
After the American Revolution, we can find no historical records of organized killings by the victorious army or orders of revenge by the new government. What we find is a country that is determined to move forward based on the principles of freedom and opportunity. Within a very short time, animosity toward the British and their loyalists was gone and the spirit of individualism prevailed. This attitude was and is unique in the world of revolution.
Those who had been willing to sacrifice their fortunes and their lives for freedom were to consumed with beginning the project they had started. These Americans were more interested in advancing their concept of freedom and opportunity than they were to seek revenge. We have found this same attitude take place within the Republican party over and over. It started with Abraham Lincoln after the civil war. We saw Calvin Coolidge more consumed with advancing freedom, opportunity, and prosperity than to seek revenge on those opposed him and yes mocked him. Ronald Reagan only called for a true national effort to restore the United States to its rightful place of leadership within the world and to bring back the can-do spirit of the United States when he was elected.
The United States had just suffered through four years of Jimmy Carter. Iran was thumbing its nose at us. Carter refused to confront the aggression of the Soviet Union. Carter told the American people that our best days were behind us. The United States was suffering through a period of double digit inflation and double digit interest rates. Reagan won the election in a historical landslide. After the election, Reagan ended his campaign, ignored the numerous nay sawyers, and concentrated only on restoring the nation to its rightful place internationally and domestically.
Those of us who had supported Reagan, took our clue from this great American. We did not see Reagan seek vengeance against those who had opposed him. We did not see Reagan denigrate the opposition. We did not see Reagan engage in petty foolishness. He knew his job was too large to waste his time and we supporters quickly adopted that same attitude.
A great leader, as we have learned, is a magnanimous winner. A great nation is a magnanimous people. A great party is comprised of great leader’s and magnanimous people. If the Republican Party is to become a great party and restore the United States to greatness, the leaders and members of the party must adapt to the examples of the past. The foolish, divisive, and unnecessary tweets must stop by the leader. The threats, the foul and false accusations by the party members must stop. The hateful and vicious threats and words I hear from the followers and supporters of the victorious party is damning only to their party and worse to their nation. Great leaders would demand these vicious comments be ended immediately. It is time to get on with the business of restoring a once great nation to greatness again. Ignore the taunts and foolishness of the Marxist/Progressives. Rebuild the United States and allow what defeated the Marxist/Progressives in this election to regale them to the footnote in history they deserve; a party of failed leadership, petty membership, who promoted failed policies and divisiveness.
The United States will not become a nation void of political parties. But we, the members of a political party, can rise above the destructive vengeance about which Adams and Washington warned us. We, the members of a political party, can also always place nation above party. If we, the Republican Party, will do that, we will be the party that leads a truly great nation for decades to come.