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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: Politicians have only two problems, to be relelected for life and contributions to finance their relections campaigns and period. Just Look to the actual president of USA. In his first term he authored and passed just one sinigle law, the famous Obamacare. And he get reelectd for a second term to continue to do just nothing important for people. And here come the question, Who is the quilty for this? The answer is the people who voted for him. Please, don't blame the political party for this fact, blame the people who vote for anybody who talk in an elegant way,and don't care about the content of his promises
    • Jun 9 2013: Luis,

      You are absolutely right on your first point. Our "representatives'" have re-election as their highest priority, and it takes increasing amounts of money to accomplish that. Therefore, politicians kowtow to the big money interests (including Wall Street, big corporations, and the wealthiest members of our society) to get those contributions, and then these same elected officials pass legislation that favors them, to keep those contributions coming.

      And, as far as I am concerned, you are also right on your second point. It is the voters who allowed this to happen , sometimes by voting a straight party line, and sometimes by voting over and over again based upon name recognition (usually the incumbent), which is why we have had more than 100 members of Congress who have served there for 36 to 57+ years). And 16 of these "representatives" are still in office.

      Too many people think that their vote is not important, or that it doesn't matter if they vote or not. They do not realize that they are killing our democracy in the process by enabling this cycle to continue in perpetuity.

      However, I will differ with you on your last point. I will blame the two major political parties for taking advantage of this situation to their own benefit and to the detriment of the country and its people whose interest they are supposed to represent. They twist and spin the truth in such a way that it is exceedingly difficult to tell what exactly the truth is. They lie about their opponents and cover up things about themselves. It would be nice if they could be hooked up to a lie detector every time they open their mouths. :o)

      Our politicians are masters at convincing people, and millions of our citizens fall prey to it every election. It is up to those of us who see through these shenanigans to inform and educate those who fall for their propaganda to the extend that they often vote against their own (and their country's) best interests.

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