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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: Nothing wrong with political parties. The dangers I see for your system almost all stem from everybody knowing who is a member of which party. Knowing this, one party can - as Republicans have done and are now doing - re-arrange district voter-boundaries so most of the new districts have a majority in them of the party who is just doing the gerry-mandering.

    For a people like Americans who so much love privacy and treasure their freedom, this revealing of party is ludicrous and is wide open to every kind of tinkering and fiddling that anyone can think of. I do not believe any other country in the world has this kind of system. Why is it anyone else's business which party you like?

    The electoral college is another abomination on the face of American politics/government. Presidential elections should be simply ONE MAN - ONE VOTE. End of voting , end of electyion

    I'd like someone to explain the supposed benefit of the whole world knowing in advance how you vote.

    And even more explain that strange electoral college which seems to destroy the meaning and value of your votes


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      Jun 9 2013: OK, the electoral college confuses outsiders... and confuses some Americans. I think it happened about 50 years ago when public schools stopped teach civics. They also stopped teaching home economics. Another questionable move.

      But, the electoral college.
      OK, you see the president and vice president as the Chief Executive Officer(s) of the Federation of the United States are elected by the states through the electoral college. People dropped Federation out of the name, but by our constitution, we are a federation of 50 states.
      Now we do love our privacy and treasure freedom. Americans do not have to affiliate themselves with a political party, it's a personal choice. I myself do not affiliate with a party. It's my choice. Others are proud of being Democrats or Republicans and that is their choice. That's the American way.
      As an American, sometimes I am confused about how other countries govern. Just because I don't fully understand, I won't refer to them as abominations, but that's just me.

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