2019 Essay Contest

Political Parties: The good, the bad, the ugly

When George Washington was elected as our first President, he served all the people; there were no parties. What did our Founders think about political Parties and Partisanship?

Below is a definition of Partisan by Miriam Webster, followed by a few quotes from our Founders:

Partisanship: a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person especially: one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance political partisans who see only one side of the problem

“The common and continual mischief’s [sic] of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”

— George Washington (Farewell Address, September 19, 1796)

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

— John Adams (1780)

“He that espouses parties, can hardly divorce himself from their fate; and more fall with their party than rise with it.”

— William Penn

Rules

  1. There are three age categories: 12-14 yrs., 15-18 yrs., & 19 and older (no age restriction)
  2. An independent panel will decide the “best in each age category”.
  3. Essays are limited to no more than 500 words
  4. Submit essays by email to: elizabethallanhodge@gmail.com
  5. Deadline for essay submission is May 15, 2019.
  6. First place winners will receive a FULL scholarship to the Northwest Liberty Academy and their essays will be published on the NWLA website.

You can read winning essays from previous years HERE.