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Homework Help: History

Posted by Samantha on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 7:48pm.

George Washington said in his farewell address that he was worried about the political party system, geographical distinctions, and alliances with foreign affairs. How have we progressed so far in each of his concerns?

I think Washington's fear were justified, but our present problems are not mainly caused by the political party system, geographical distinctions and alliances with foreign affairs.

Our party system has produced much rancor and hatred, but I believe these would be present whether or not we have political parties. At this time, ideologies and personalities seem to dominate more of our political life than do the parties. The country today seems to be more polarized on issues such as the war in Iraq, the war on terror, gay marriage, abortions, immigration, health care, and personalities. These are all bipartisan issues and the differences on the solutions aren't greatly different between the Republicans and Democrats.

We are amazingly geographically unified as a nation today. The Civil War and the Civil Rights movements greatly helped erase many of our regional differences. And remember that it's doubtful that Washington could have foreseen that the U.S. would span the continent, much less include Alaska and Hawaii. The regional differences he saw were between the original thirteen colonies.

The U.S. has largely been independent of alliances in foreign affairs. Our economic and idealistic concerns led us into the two world wars, not alliances. But our alliances during the Cold War helped keep the peace. Perhaps we should have paid more attention to alliances, especially the United Nations, before we attacked Iraq.

I hope I've given you some ideas to think about.

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