The Washington Times recounted that our first president, giving up power after two terms – extremely unusual at the time, warned future generations about the danger of extreme partisanship. Washington wrote:
“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.”
What prophetic words for the world we live in today. I was watching a documentary on the Reagan years and especially an episode dealing with the shooting of President Reagan. Chief of Staff James Baker decided that the first person to visit the President after surgery would be the leader of the opposition Speaker Tip O’Neill in order to show unity in the country.
When Speaker O’Neill saw the President he realized that the President was in much worse shape than was being reported. He approached the President, knelt at his bed, took his hand and both men prayed together!
Could you imagine this scene today?
Why if we disagree politically with each other do we view the other side as evil? Especially if we are probably both wrong with the right answer somewhere in the middle? For the entire article click HERE