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Political Parties George Washington s view Let me now take a more comprehensive view and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally This spirit unfortunately is inseparable from our nature having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind It exists under different shapes in all governments more or less stifled controlled or repressed but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy The alternate domination of one faction over another sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities is itself a frightful despotism But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms kindles the animosity of one part against another foments occasionally riot and insurrection Warnings from the Past There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties each arranged under its leader and concerting measures in opposition to each other This in my humble apprehension is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution John Adams October 2 1780 The Works of John Adams Vol 9 Boston 1854 pp 510 11 Party Money and Elections What are Political Parties Organizations that nominate candidates under their name What do Political Parties Do Nominate candidates under the party label Coordinate the actions of elected officials Structure vote choices Propose alternative policies History of American Political Parties Duverger s Law Plurality rule elections within singlemember districts tend to favor a two party system Modern American Political Parties Predict your politics http time com 510 can time predict yourpolitics Red States versus Blue States See MAPS Party Platforms Democratic platform in 2008 26 500 words Republican platform in 2008 23 000 words though similar in length very different in content What words frames would you expect to be emphasized by the two major parties Modern American Political Parties The 2000 U S Presidential Election Results Warnings from the Past I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion in philosophy in politics or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent Thomas Jefferson March 13 1789 Letters of Thomas Jefferson New York 1984 pp 940 42 Warnings from the Past Let me warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party George Washington Farewell Address September 19 1796 The alternate domination of one faction over another sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities is itself a frightful despotism George Washington Farewell Address September 19 1796 The alternate triumphs of different parties make the public administration the mirror of the ill concerted and incongruous projects of faction rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels George Washington Farewell Address September 19 1796


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