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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 9 2013: National governments are unnatural assemblies. Why would citizens from diverse regions of a country, with dissimilar environments, needs and hopes, allow a disassociated body to decide, control and enforce?
    Such an arrangement is doomed to fail. The appointed bodies know that and turn inward to their own agenda, casting restrictive nets over the public to prevent intrusion. What else is to be expected? Those fortunate representatives find themselves as guardians of a bottomless source of tax revenue with no independent oversight. Naturally, they battle to retain their seats and duel with those who declare they have better opinions but who are, in fact, identical in their urge to possess numerical dominance for passing legislation that favour their constituents and thus prolong their terms in office.

    If there is no alternative to few serving many, then let it be on the smallest scale possible, where integrity can be closely monitored, transgressions punished, and progress pursued that benefits all in the communities. That is not Utopian, it is common sense.

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