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From National Tea Party Alert:

George Washington Was Right

 By Aidan Rogers

 

As we enter yet another election cycle, Americans are already weary of the politics. And who can blame them? With stalemates in statehouses and both chambers on Capitol Hill, why should Americans believe in our political system any longer? When our vote just sends another filibuster to the legislative floor, it is hard to believe that one vote over another even matters any more.

With the debt crisis looming and tax cuts about to expire, Republicans on the Hill held out as long as they could for a more permanent deal, then caved when Democrats stuck to their guns and settled for a short-term action. Democrats in Indiana refuse to assemble in the House because of one issue, prohibiting a vote or a hearing on any issue. Members of both parties, who may or may not subscribe so passionately to the hold-outs and walk-outs feel pressured into camaraderie with their partymen and sit down, shut up, hold out, and walk out just to say that yes, I am a Democrat. Or yes, I am a Republican.

And with debates in full swing, campaign ads, public appearances, and town hall meetings, we are seeing yet another series of party platforms – candidates running solely on the idea that “I’m not an evil Democrat” or “I’m not an evil Republican.” That’s all they give us any more. Candidates run on a tagline that says, “The other party is ruining the city/state/country, and I stand here committed to voting against them. With my vote in the other direction, maybe something will get done.”

But nothing ever gets done. Because as much as they’d like to think so, a party platform is no platform at all. Simply standing against another party, another belief system, another priority system does not make change. It does not make an impact except the aforementioned stalemate. Congress, at the national level and on the state level, does not get filibustered; it is the filibuster.

There is a revolutionary idea to end all this, to reignite debate and the pursuit of the good for the American people: end political parties.

Yes, you heard me. End political parties. Stop giving candidates the ability to run on a party platform of simply not being the other guy. Stop giving the populous an easy vote by sticking to party lines. Make a candidate stand on his or her own record, on his or her own ideas, and make the public pay attention and make a wise decision based on policy, integrity, and leadership instead of red or blue.

At the founding of this country, men sat out to make a great nation apart from the tyrannical rule of the English king. They knew they would need a great leader; not a dictator or a man out for himself, but a proven leader.

Enter George Washington. No one elected George Washington as America’s first president because of his party. They didn’t ask him whether he was an elephant or an ass. They didn’t question whether he would be liberal or conservative. What they looked at was this:

Does he demonstrate leadership? Yes, with a military background and proven leadership on the battlefield and in the founding delegation, they knew he had the temperament and strength to lead.

Does he hold the best interest of the country at heart? Yes. Without a doubt, they saw his commitment to building America, to paving a new way and providing a new citizenry with freedom and promise. It was a shared promise, a goal to work toward together.

Does he understand the concerns of the common man? Yes. He had fought alongside his troops in battle, knew the blood of war, had labored in fields, and could swing a mean axe. He knew the value of hard work and the trials of making it on his own, and he appreciated the struggles of the common man.

Is he articulate enough to communicate a message? Yes. And does he have the integrity to speak honest words? Yes.

These men elected Washington on the basis of who he was. On his leadership. On his service. On his ability to act with integrity and honesty. To make good decisions, to listen to others, to engage in dialogue. Not on the simple fact that he wasn’t King George.

He didn’t run on a platform; he ran on his person. On his personality and personal history.

And that is why he was a great president. And that is why America began with a great promise.

More than 200 years later, in Washington’s namesake city, America’s capital, his vision of promise is lost somewhere. Somewhere between the red and the blue, where the heart of America is bruised and the people look at general elections as nothing more than a choice between one party or another, an invitation to a new stall tactic, another deadlocked Congress that forgets its purpose – to lead, to hold the interests of the country at heart (and not their party), to connect with the common man, to represent and communicate, to discuss the issues, and to serve with integrity.

There have been a handful of quality candidates over the years who have refused to align with one party or another. Independents, we have called them, but we wouldn’t waste our vote on them. Outside of the “establishment,” they stood no chance of winning, and we’d rather spend our vote casting out the radical conservatives or the socialist liberals. Casting them out in the propagation of vicious party politics rather than casting in true leadership.

Aidan Rogers is the author of Recess with Jesus: Games We Play with God. You can also follow her on Twitter.

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