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George Washington’s warning proves true

NANCY McCARTY

Williamsport

In 1796, when George Washington gave his farewell address, he warned, “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.”

This prediction has become truer and truer over the last several decades, as our representatives worry more about pleasing big donors and staying in power than they do about serving the people.

Donald Trump was 41 years old in 1987 when he first registered to vote.

Where was his sense of civic responsibility for the first 20 years he was eligible to vote?

Over the next 25 years, he changed his party affiliation four times.

I have just one question for the Republicans who continue to support him: If he was currently operating as a Democrat, would you still remain silent on his questionable ethics and his self-serving policies that are hurting the country by betraying and undermining our allies while getting cozy with autocrats around the world?

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