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America, on so many levels, is going in the direction of what is known as illiberal democracy. It is a form of authoritarianism which claims to have democratic elections but is really controlled by a certain class, party, or individual.

No, I am not just referring to the political right or left, but rather the nation as a whole.

In George Washington's farewell speech, he warned:

> [Political parties] 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.

I believe we are seeing this today. The engines of the political parties in power today have become as Washington outlined. They are subverting the power of the people to control the government themselves. They are now destroying the means by which they have obtained their power.

Again, this isn't about any specific situation, event, or party. It is an observation on the political state of our "United" nation, and, I believe, the whole world.

uspol 

Correction on defining illiberal democracy: it doesn't necessarily mean one party has control. It means more that whatever happens in government is not public and has limited checks and balances. It's not "liberal" in the sense that it does not respect individual liberties.

uspol 

@josias

washington also I believe warned about building up the military too much

I dont think parties are necessarily bad.. .the 2-party system which constricts other parties is tho.

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uspol 

@cnkraeh

This:

> Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.

uspol 

@josias I couldn't agree more. Have been trying to fit it into The Big Picture of biblical prophecy - especially in the middle east and Israel - without much success; sometimes things are too big to wrap my head around. Very eloquent, brother!

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