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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 8 2013: I think the problem is less about group think and more about money. Each party now serves its own group of narrow financial interests. Campaign finance reform is a start. Couple that with term limits and that might limit the power of the lobbyists and campaign donors.

    I'm not completely in favor of unrestrained direct democracy because too often the mob is wrong and vulnerable to demagoguery . Sometimes it's necessary to take a principled stand against the will of the majority and that's where a body like the Senate should help to exercise a restraining influence.

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