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Casey Kitchel

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Political parties should be banned in the United States of America.

In George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address, President Washington warned the American people of the dangers political parties pose to the nation's government (that of the United States under the Constitution). Considering the current government's stalemate and the abilities of political parties to “divide a nation”, it seems most evident that he was right in expressing his concerns for the future of this country and for the welfare of its people.

As it appears, elected officials are more concerned with maintaining their own party's control over their rivals rather than serving the interests of the people and opens up the debate on whether political parties should continue to dominate politics in the United States of America at the expense of the American people and at the expense of a functioning government.

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    Jun 3 2013: I completely agree with you, Casey. Political parties directly lead to corruption in government. The not only divide the country but also take away the people's power and influence. What say do I really have in a vote if I only choose between two corrupt people who represent corrupt parties controlled by corporations and driven by the need to stay in power? Serving the people is secondary to this government. Politicians are more concerned about grabbing power for themselves and pandering to the corporations that fund their campaigns.

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