Brandon Chase – Managing Editor
In his 1796 farewell address to the nation, President George Washington said:
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Washington said that political parties are nothing but groups of people who are corrupt and want nothing more than their beliefs to be superior. It is because of this quote that Washington is my favorite president. Our first commander-in-chief realized this about identifying oneself as Democratic or Republican more than 200 years before 43 other men failed to do so.
The current environment of politics is loaded with partisanship, and that trickles down to voters during election season. In a perfect world, politicians would not try to run the country based solely on their own beliefs, and voters should not choose the next President using that same philosophy.
This November, don’t vote for President Obama because he is a Democrat and that is what you classify yourself as. Don’t choose Mitt Romney because you are a registered Republican and he affiliates himself with that party. Electing a president or any other official to office is not about the party, it’s about the person and their plan for success.
Presidents, senators, representatives, and governors have all spoken on how there is too much bias in Washington, D.C. Well, that all comes back to the voters. If voters aren’t biased based on their ideologies, our government will not be either.
Voting is one of the greatest rights an American can have. Do not restrict it or let it go to waste simply by voting along party lines. If you feel the candidate opposite of your political beliefs has a better plan for America, do not hesitate to vote for them.