Sunday, July 24, 2016

A challenge to this fall's high school students: The State of our Two-Party Political System

“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.” ― George Washington
Given what we've experienced, particularly over the past twenty-five years, I would eagerly suggest that early this fall all high schools consider aggressively studying the theme of political parties, their history in our nation, and the pros and cons as students see it. With appropriate research, debates, and well-thought-out challenges, we just might witness a call for change in our political system from those whose future depends on it.

Several good resources to start with are right here:

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/16/opinion/alexander-washington-george/

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/03/what_george_washington_thought_of_political_parties.html

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/the-founding-fathers-tried-to-warn-us-about-the-threat-from-a-two-party-system.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLuLK9ZQues