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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 11 2013: I would like to say ‘political parties should not be banned’, but the rule of political parties must be changed. In my idea ‘a representative’ must represent voters ‘not political party’. Whoever is elected must serve the people, not the party.
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    • Jun 29 2013: Your UTUbe video looks intriguing but went too fast to digest in full.
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        Jun 30 2013: You can ‘pause’ any time or watch as many times as you need.
    • Jun 29 2013: Peter.....if you do what you have always done, you will get what you always got. Political parties are not necessary and, in fact, are a major part of the problem.
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        Jun 30 2013: ‘Not necessary’ does not mean ‘banned’. Yes, they are a major problem. If people want to establish an organization they are free to do so. Political parties may exist. It is not a problem. They should NOT rule the country.
        • Jun 30 2013: I think I understand what you mean. Political parties are fine, but they must have no power to rule. If I'm off the point please correct me. Organizations have a tendency to want to influence others with their opinions, philosophies, ideas etc. I use, as examples, religions and existing political parties. History has shown us, over and over, that there is nothing quite as stupid or as dangerous than a large group of humans with similar ideas and political agendas.
          It is my opinion, that politics and democracy have outlived their usefulness as instruments of civilization. Allowing political parties to exist will eventually necessitate banning them. It is more than a truism to say that if we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Political systems need to be reassessed for their usefulness to mankind as a whole. Since, it now appears that, any influential politician is in the employ of banksters and grasping executives, and using their offices to create laws that serve the agendas of the corporate greedies that currently own our planet, I stand for any change that will take the power to legislate away from corporations and their minions and put it back into the hands of those of us with more humanistic viewpoints.

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