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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: Thinking about it maybe people should have to take a test before they can vote. Ban Stupid people.
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      Jun 8 2013: Would you pass that test? Or how many would? Where do you draw the line for when someone is smart enough to have a say in country affairs?
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        Jun 8 2013: Same way you could identify a political party.... Which makes me wonder? If Political parties were banned would that mean that the Tea Party would not be band but the republican party would?

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