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George Washington

February 22, 1734 - December 14, 1799
"Let me now ... warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party. ... It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeebles the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one party against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption. ... A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume."source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796.political parties, party votes, disagreements, corruption, pay offs

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