Posted by: J Starling | October 30, 2009

Party Politics – The Modern Evil

This is a piece written by Pied Piper for publication here.

Following on from Vexed Bermoothes highlighted passage from George Washington there is a further point to consider;

They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests.

—GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

I bring this statement by George Washington to the attention and consideration of all Bermuda citizens. One can see how George Washington’s words apply not just to the United States, but we can see their relevance in many countries throughout the world where one or two political contributors can come to control and influence an entire political party. In an extreme case political parties can destroy a Country by their focus on gaining and maintaining political power and not on truthfulness or service to the people.

In this 21st century , there is no reason we cannot address the weaknesses in our current political system.

It has been suggested by others:

1. That a person seeking to stand for election as an individual must do so as an individual. That they stand on the strength of their own intellect, compassion and character, committing themselves to doing what is best for their district and their Country, and to do away with the corrupting and competing aspects of party politics.

2. The influence of money and indebtedness in governance must be outlawed. A start would be public funding of elections. No more smear campaigns and ugly tv ads.

Look around the world and the death and destruction on a daily basis must tell us things are not working. We have the rare opportunity that always comes with the costly price of transiting through a time of destruction and pain; to consciously decide how we will now choose to govern ourselves.

As George Washington stated, there are better ways to govern ourselves, and we as a people CAN do better.

Pied Piper


  1. It’s a good passage to digest. And we do see that for all the good that political parties claim they’re capable of, too often they serve as a dividing force in a country. We hear things like “if you’re not for us then you’re against us”.

    It’s augmented further in Bermuda where despite the appearance of similar political idealogies, people are either allies or the enemy and every single issue that gets put on the plate turns into a political football. Education, crime, housing, people simply huddle in their corners instead of meeting in the middle and hashing out thoughts openly and coming up with the best solution.

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