I don't want this to turn into a political flamewar, I'm just curious.
I'm a Republican.
I'm a Republican.
This. The best thing you could possibly do if you found yourself time traveling in The United States of 1787 would be to ensure a constitutional ban on political parties.McDonalds Bros. said:I am a staunch independent and will proudly be an independent voter when I register. I feel that the ideas behind political parties were great and all (they tried to unite people with similar views so that they could get work done), but political parties have done nothing but divide the United States of America, and it won't get any better. In fact, I feel it just keeps getting worse and worse.
Sadly, politics is not about the content of a candidate's character anymore. It's about their political party and who can take control of the presidency and Congress and the courts. These party-line votes in Congress simply show that political parties is the only thing that really matters to our politicians these days.
It won't cut it when the Republicans and Democrats wake up in 50 years and realize that America has been utterly crippled by political factions and parties. They need to wake up soon, be it this year with the new Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate, or in 2012... They need to look past the fact that they are registered as a Republican or a Democrat and realize that they are, more importantly, Americans.
You would just get unofficial parties then. Parties are natural groupings of individuals who want to achieve common goals. Prior to the 90s, a bipartisan consensus could still be reached (each party was not conservative or liberal but had conservative or liberal factions. This would end when Nixon and Reagan brought the conservative Southern Dems into the Republican party, leaving the East Coast Rockefeller Republicans in the cold to join the Dems).2257 said:This. The best thing you could possibly do if you found yourself time traveling in The United States of 1787 would be to ensure a constitutional ban on political parties.