George Washington's Farewell Address

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“The unity of government, which constitutes you one people, is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize.” George Washington, the first president of the United States, said this in his farewell speech in 1796. Washington was highlighting what has now been created, and what is now a big problem in America. The pride that came from forming a federal government that guaranteed to satisfy the wishes for independence, protection from foreign involvement, serenity and peacefulness at home along with the prosperity for its citizens is slowly diminishing. As the years go on the American citizens seem to become more and more polarized. A popular question that seems to be raised during most any political event with the American citizens; is America polarized? James Q. Wilson, Forris P. Fiorina and John B. Judis continue to argue their point on this topic. America is suddenly growing to be…show more content…
“The red states get redder, the blue states get bluer, and the political map of the United States takes on the coloration of the Civil War.” (Wilson 450). This quote is from James Q. Wilsons article “How Divided Are We?” Wilson is referring to the fact that over the years, Americans have become more polarized than ever before. There are those citizens that constantly seek opportunities to have to country divided into two. Trying to gain the power of one party over the other, no matter if they are liberal, conservative, independent or libertarian, they use the most explosive and volatile issues to create a constant division in the country. This seems to have the parties constantly disagreeing leading each party to gather votes for their side, rather than voting in
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