Too many people only support ideas proposed by their own party and discriminate against each other and categorize all democrats/ republicans negatively. George Washington said it would be a bad idea, and he was 100% right. Currently our Republican Senate will not pass anything proposed by our Democratic President, which is wrong. Especially because they had such a problem with the Affordable Care Act, something they thought was a good thing and that Romney was going to propose as well. Why would the Senate try to veto their own idea?? Just for the sake of not getting along with Democrats.
George. Correct, he did but that was after he left office in his Farewell Address. Parties do divide the nation but before we complain about it we need to find why were parties created? They were created for the partys' views and most parties either have only certain views that keep other people that don't have those views to go towards other parties have their views so to get rid of parties is to make a way for people to hold their views and explain their views rationally and let the other person explain theirs and both of them compromise without them forcing biases or ignoring the other side. And that will never happen.
Yes, political parties do divide the United States. Although political parties do unite people with the same or similar beliefs it divides the entire other half of people who differ. Major issues are debated today such as abortion, war, and gun control. If we could unite over things we have in common as a whole country we could possibly solve these issues and many more. Was it not Gorge Washington who said political parties would be the fault of our nation, and that's why he didn't chose either side?
The parties only provide a means of uniting with others of similar ideologies. The true division is the diametrically opposite ideologies of progressivism and conservatism. With the bonds of our "civil body politick" dissolving, Americans from both sides of the aisle are vilifying their opponents more frequently. When we resort to name calling and divisive comments for the sake of winning a verbal tussle, we commend others to using the same tactics in an ever increasing wave of slander, relegating the public arena to nothing more than a verbal slough and effectively stifling public discourse, a vital lifeblood to a free republic.
Where we need to look to for the source of division in our country is the arrogance the prevents us from honorably debating our cause with our fellow citizens while letting those who are quick witted and even sharper with the tongue become our mouthpieces.