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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 like this conversation! I like this a lot!

    We've fallen into paralysis because of greed and self-serving politics. Neither party places the needs and the will of the people beyond its own self-serving interest. And that MUST End!
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      Jun 9 2013: Why? And if there were no parties, now what?
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        Jun 9 2013: I'm just complaining about the two parties we have in the USA. And what's the use as they don't do anything but recycle favors for Billionaires & corporations and leave the rest of us in the dirt!
      • Jun 9 2013: " Neither party places the needs and the will of the people beyond its own self-serving interest. And that MUST End!" -- Juan Valdez

        I interpret this as meaning that the practice of putting personal interests ahead of the need and will of the American people must end -- not that political parties must necessarily end. We just need to get people into office like Bernie Sanders, who puts the best interests of our country above political party ideology (he is an Independent) and seems to have adopted our country's best interests as his personal interest.

        Thanks to the billions of dollars that have been injected into partisan politics, our government has been corrupted to the point where we no longer have a republic that is truly representative of the people. Instead, it represents big money interests first and foremost. Government by the people and for the people is now a joke, but not a funny one.

        During the Nixon years, John Dean told the President that there was "a cancer on the Presidency" that must be excised or his Presidency would be in danger. We now have a cancer on our entire political leadership that must be excised our or entire country will surely fail.
      • Jun 29 2013: Each individual would stand on his own convictions!

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