Post-election advice from George Washington

From his 1796 farewell address:

One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.

Of course that kind of thinking could put political campaign consultants out of business.

(Thanks to Ben Brumfield at Horizon.)