By Ted Wachtel
In his Farewell Address in 1796, George Washington warned that the political party—which arose at the outset of the republic for the sole purpose of winning elections—“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.”
In light of Russia’s interference in our last election, you have to wonder if Washington had a crystal ball, when he said that the political party “opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.”
What if, instead of obstructing the people’s will, the Electoral College became a truly representative forum for people from each state to thoughtfully select the president and vice president, as the founders intended?
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