Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Editorial Cartoon: Liberals vs. Conservatives

Liberals vs Conservatives by ~BlameThe1st on deviantART

“Both side like to make a lot of noise when the other camp has problems, but they also like to sweep it under the rug when the camera points to them. Really, when was the last time you saw politicians hold their own candidates or party accountable for things they said and done?” - WhatYouOughtToKnow.

One of the problems I have with politics today is the childish quarreling between the political parties. One party claims that the other party is responsible for everything that is wrong with this country, and vice versa. Liberals claim conservatives are to blame. Conservatives claim liberals are to blame. Personally, this picture portrays my feelings on the issue.

I think the problem with our country is that we want to blame everything on the opposing party without taking responsibility ourselves. And we also tend to ignore what the opposing party has to say, under the impression that we’re right and they’re wrong (or evil).

George Washington wrote about this “spirit of party” in his Farewell Address:

“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 finds 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.”

In short: fighting with ourselves is stupid and destructive.