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  • It's what the Framer's wanted

    When the Constitution was ratified, it was designed in such a way to encourage political parties. Political parties ensure that the minorities have a voice and are not drowned out by the majorities will. It is also designed to allow for people to learn more about political leaders without studying them individually.

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  • Conservation and Innovation

    United States' history, from the very beginning, can be characterized by two political impulses: conservation and innovation. We have a group that wants to preserve our heritage and make cautious change; we have a more innovative group that isn't afraid of change and wants to pursue ideals like equality. Political parties are merely formalized groups representing these impulses in the American character. Both are legitimate. And chances are, you do fall into one perspective or another. However, it worth noting that political parties cannot simply push their whole ideology because they must appeal to moderates and form coalitions among groups with similar goals.

  • Typical Voter Behavior

    Unfortunately, voters have proven time and time again that they are lazy. Voter turnout is low, especially in non-presidential elections, and most voters can't even answer basic questions about the issues that affect their country, state, county, city, etc. Political parties have platforms, and this gives the average voter a Cliffsnotes version of the issues affecting them and approaches to solving those problems. Without political parties, voters will be even less informed.

  • The Swing Toward the Middle

    Specifically, under a two-party system, the candidates must first appeal to their bases within their respective parties. Afterward, for the general election, the must swing toward the middle to appeal to moderates. Thus, it can be said that the two-party system has a moderating influence on politics. Under a multiple party system (or no parties at all), there is no incentive for politicians to appeal to moderates and could possibly win with 33% support or less. The division people complain about is created by an unwillingness to compromise, a problem that would exist with or without political parties.

  • Ambition Checks Ambition

    Political parties serve an important function in holding the opposing party accountable. They monitor every move, looking for even the slightest misstep, and then give this information to voters. Without political parties, the news about a particular politician's corrupt actions would be far less likely to reach the ears of voters because the news would be lost among an unorganized political mob. In short, we need political parties to help hold our politicians accountable.

  • What would we be without political representation?

    Political Parties help represent different ideas and beliefs among the people of the United States. If anything, more political parties should be necessary because there are so many arguments between republicans and republicans and democrats and democrats. If we did not have political parties running for government would be complete chaos due to the fact that its America and no one agrees.

  • Yes political parties help represent better

    Political parties are great things for a country to have. It allows people to form a group based on what they believe and where they are going with the country. If anything we need more major political parties not to get rid of what we have. The issue is that there are only two that can do anything.

  • Should we have political parties?

    With information being so readily available today and people not so easily fitting into one party any longer, why do we feel the need to divide the country even further into a party system. I see us as a much stronger country if we could simply recognize that we are all human beings who are all rooting for the same thing. Although, each of us may have a different method for achieving that very same thing. We humans simply want to be heard and to be prosperous!! Everyone seems to want to be right about their way and unwilling to see the situation from another's point of view. What would our country be like if we could all get another's point of view about anything and get that anything is possible through effective communication?!!

  • Antiquated and Ineffective

    They serve absolutely no purpose that helps the country move forward effectively. They are inherently divisive because of the attitude that what WE believe in OUR party is DIFFERENT or AGAINST what YOU believe in YOUR party. Political parties did their heels in to their best interest and stop LISTENING to what the other side might have to say.

  • We need to be more together as a unit.

    We as a county are falling apart because we label our beliefs with Democrat or Republican. What we need to focused on is nor red or blue, but what our country needs as a whole and what we can do to help the people living inside of our beautiful country. Because we can go to war, or we can be at piece and we can all be okay. But instead of worrying about what we need in order for our lives to be okay, we are worried about red of blue.

  • We need to be more together as a unit.

    We as a county are falling apart because we label our beliefs with Democrat or Republican. What we need to focused on is nor red or blue, but what our country needs as a whole and what we can do to help the people living inside of our beautiful country. Because we can go to war, or we can be at piece and we can all be okay. But instead of worrying about what we need in order for our lives to be okay, we are worried about red of blue.

  • It causes division

    Political parties work but only for a limited time. We have seen this happen with others such as the federalists and whigs. This happens because of the division it creates. For example, in the beginning, political parties will mingle and work together. However one, or both, will form the ideology that their ideas are better than the other party's ideas and soon the system breaks and we fall into a situation with no compromise.

  • Political Parties for Uninformed

    People care more about their "team" winning than the country they live in winning. If people had to research all the candidates they would make better decisions for our country. Just voting because that person is n the party you think you support is ignorance. In fact that's why the electoral college was "made" because "we the people" were to ignorant to make good decisions. Let us make decisions MAKE people research and see if they are blinded by the news channel they watch

  • Parties eliminate thought when voting

    I get it! We have had political parties for along time, and there is no reason to believe they are going away anytime soon. Since their inception, political parties have forced people to vote on certain issues along party lines, regardless of their own personal beliefs. This lack of conscious thought during the voting process leads to results that are not representative of true american opinion. A government by, for and of the people should not eliminate the possibility that some of its people align themselves with the virtues of both parties.

  • What's the difference?

    My political science professor said most people dont really know the basic differences with the parties and often the lines are blurred - I personally don't feel the need to be catagorized in either politics or religion. He also said 80 percent of the population is blindly led and about 20 percent think for themselves think for themselves. Considering what's happening with this election I don't feel most people aren't even capable of rational thinking. How in the hell could trump b any worse than bush or Obama? They are afraid of him cuz he won't play the game.

  • They do not produce responsive government

    The nation faces all sorts of serious problems, from growing inequality to spreading international terrorism, but the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans has largely ground government to a halt. Partisans on both sides are so angry they can barely speak with the other, much less work together. The most extreme are convinced that members of the other party are treasonous and purposefully harming the nation. This isn’t just a perception. A recent Pew Research survey found that 36 percent of Republicans thought that liberal policies are “a threat to the nation’s well-being.” 27 percent of Democrats feel the same way about conservatives. They don’t just think they have better ideas or their opponents are misguided and honestly believe that the other side is more interested in partisan gain than the well-being of the nation. Many of the more extreme partisans simply refuse to work with the other side. The result is that the two parties have the nation’s capital, and many state capitals, in a death grip.

  • "A house divided can't stand" - Lincoln

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