George Washington in his farewell speach urged against creating parties. But, how can we outlaw parties? That would be a violation of our rights. Also sounds a bit like communism pal, looks all good on paper.
We still use the electoral college because we still have a division of power (although unbalanced) between the national government and the states. Any national electoral system by popular vote, I'm pretty sure, would be considered unconstitutional in some way.
I agree: political parties suck. But if we banned political parties, people would just organize under a different name, and then the First Amendment says that people have the freedom of assembly. I guess the thing we hate about political parties is the unfairness caused by their huge money advantage over independent candidates. I hope Congress passes a bill that would make it more fair. And before liberals come to me and tell me how this will make Democrats lose in the future if the Green Party or Nader have a better shot, I'll tell them that this would also give the Libertarians a better shot, which would be far more devastating for the Republican Party.
Tap112George Washington in his farewell speach urged against creating parties. But, how can we outlaw parties? That would be a violation of our rights. Also sounds a bit like communism pal, looks all good on paper.
The Constitution of the United States does not list the right to chose a political party as one of the American rights. It does however, state that individuals have the right to elect their leader. Actually, most of the hidious leaders of the world started by creating or controlling political parties - Hitler, Stalin, Mousollini, etc. Even the political parties of South Africa were ruled by and used by whites to hold down black South Africans until recently when democracy started working there. I'd say parties have done more to perpetuate dictators and tyrants than to perpetuate freedom and democracy.