George Washington’s crystal ball: a word about parties

George Washington’s crystal ball: a word about parties

Gen. George Washington understood human nature to an uncanny degree. But before you nod your head or share a Washington birthday quote meme, please, read on. Because that quote may very well not mean what you think it means. What were the political parties of the time? When Washington stepped down as the nation's first president after two terms (refusing the push for a third term), he took advantage of the "internet" of the day to issue a warning. Against political parties. As a sweeping generalization, nationalists/federalists gave us the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Anti-federalists worried about a strong central government gave us the Bill of Rights. These political factions would lead to two parties, but they were not mirror images. The Federalist Party was the party of Alexander Hamilton. The Democratic-Republican Party, usually called the Republican Party, was formed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in opposition to the…continue reading →