Since Dec 28, 2004
MGeorge Washington on political parties, from his farewell address:
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and 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. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
- My RINO & neverTrump list, evolving, may be some dup’s:
Sen. John Thune (South Dakota): Third highest ranking Republican in the Senate
Sen. Mark Kirk (Illinois): Has run campaign ads distancing himself from Trump.
Sen. Ben Sasse (Nebraska): Prominent “Never Trumper”
Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho): Rescinds previous endorsement
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia): She said the “appropriate next step may be for him to reexamine his candidacy.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (Arizona): Did not endorse Trump previously
Sen. Mike Lee (Utah): Did not endorse Trump previously
Rep. Martha Roby (Alabama)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Rep. Barbara Comstock (Virginia)
Rep. Mike Coffman (Colorado)
Rep. Bradley Byrne (Alabama): Previous Trump supporter
Rep. Charlie Dent (Pennsylvania): Previously said he is not voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the general election
Carly Fiorina, former presidential candidate
Hugh Hewitt, conservative radio talk show host, previous Trump backer Sen. John Thune (South Dakota): Third highest ranking Republican in the Senate Sen. Mark Kirk (Illinois): Has run campaign ads distancing himself from Trump. Sen. Ben Sasse (Nebraska): Prominent "Never Trumper" Sen. Mike Crapo (Idaho): Rescinds previous endorsement Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia): She said the "appropriate next step may be for him to reexamine his candidacy." Sen. Jeff Flake (Arizona): Did not endorse Trump previously Sen. Mike Lee (Utah): Did not endorse Trump previously Rep. Martha Roby (Alabama) Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) Rep. Barbara Comstock (Virginia) Rep. Mike Coffman (Colorado) Rep. Bradley Byrne (Alabama): Previous Trump supporter Rep. Charlie Dent (Pennsylvania): Previously said he is not voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the general election Carly Fiorina, former presidential candidate Hugh Hewitt, conservative radio talk show host, previous Trump backer Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass. Brian Bartlett, former Mitt Romney aide and GOP communications strategist Glenn Beck, radio host Michael Berry, radio host Max Boot, former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Brent Bozell, conservative activist Bruce Carroll, creator GayPatriot.org Jay Caruso, RedState Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center Linda Chavez, columnist Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president Eliot Cohen, former George W. Bush official Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. Charles C. W. Cooke, writer for National Review Doug Coon, Stay Right podcast Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director Purple Strategies Jim Cunneen, former Calif. assemblyman Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. Steve Deace, radio host Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill. Erick Erickson, writer Mindy Finn, president, Empowered Women David French, writer at National Review Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief, Ricochet.com Michael Graham, radio host Jonah Goldberg, writer Alan Goldsmith, former staffer, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Stephen Gutowski, writer for the Washington Free Beacon Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. Jamie Brown Hantman, former special assistant for legislative affairs for President George W. Bush Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard Doug Heye, former RNC communications director Quin Hillyer, contributing editor at National Review Online; senior editor at the American Spectator Ben Howe, RedState writer Former Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C. Cheri Jacobus, GOP consultant and former Hill columnist Robert Kagan, former Reagan official Randy Kendrick, GOP mega-donor Matt Kibbe, former FreedomWorks CEO Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. Philip Klein, managing editor at the Washington Examiner Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard editor Mark Levin, radio host Justin LoFranco, former Scott Walker aide Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney aide Bethany Mandel, senior contributor at The Federalist Tucker Martin, communications director to former Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va. Former RNC Chairman Mel Martínez Liz Mair, GOP strategist Lachlan Markey, writer for the Free Beacon David McIntosh, Club for Growth president Dan McLaughlin, editor at RedState.com Ken Mehlman, former RNC chairman Tim Miller, Our Principles PAC Joyce Mulliken, former Washington state senator Ted Newton, political consultant & former Mitt Romney aide James Nuzzo, former White House aide Katie Packer, chairwoman of Our Principles PAC Former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y. Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas Katie Pavlich, Townhall editor and Hill columnist Brittany Pounders, conservative writer Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc. The Ricketts family, GOP mega-donors Former Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va. Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary, Department of Homeland Security Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post conservative blogger Patrick Ruffini, partner, Echelon Insights Sarah Rumpf, former Breitbart contributor Mark Salter, writer and former aide to Sen. John McCain Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. Sen. Ben Sasse, R- Neb. Elliott Schwartz, Our Principles PAC Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow, Hudson Institute Tara Setmayer, CNN analyst and former GOP staffer Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief The Daily Wire Evan Siegfried, GOP strategist and commentator Ben Stein, actor and political commentator Brendan Steinhauser, GOP consultant Stuart Stevens, former Romney strategist Paul Singer, GOP mega-donor Erik Soderstrom, former field director for Carly Fiorina Charlie Sykes, radio host Brad Thor, writer Michael R. Treiser, former Mitt Romney aide Daniel P. Vajdich, former national security adviser to Ted Cruz Connor Walsh, former digital director for former Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., founder Build Digital Former Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla. Peter Wehner, New York Times contributor Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, R-N.J. George Will, writer Rick Wilson, Republican strategist Nathan Wurtzel, Make America Awesome super-PAC Bill Yarbrough, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state