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The great American dilemma: politics and government

By Jack Stapleton, Jr.

By Jack Stapleton, Jr.

George Washington played a vital role in steering the second constitutional convention around some of the popularly supported pitfalls that face any important law-writing assembly. It was Washington who effectively squashed rapidly growing efforts to assign certain powers to the political parties that were organizing throughout the new nation.

Washington’s determination to stem the partisan tide came from his pre-presidential tenure when

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