Tomorrow marks the anniversary of our great country. This is a time for us to not only enjoy one time outside with friends and family, but should serve as an opportunity to reflect on what this country is, where it is going, and where it came from. America has had a tough road in recent years. But what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Ruck.us looks back at our nation’s 1st leader, George Washington, for some words to think about over the course of the coming months leading to an election, and after.
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.
— George Washington, September 19, 1796
Washington’s distaste for partisanship/factionalism is clear. Let us all remember that we are Americans first and foremost, as we continue to look for the right path for our country. Happy 4th of July, America.