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Are Political Parties Actually Bad for Democracy?

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posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 01:11 AM
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This is an idea I have been tinkering with for many years now.

I would like to have your collective opinion about declaring the principle of existence of parties illegal. I believe it would open the place for more debates and remove the extreme polarization of political systems around the world. (can imagine USSR or CHINA without central party?)

I say we only elect independent representatives that serves local interests first.

So, what is your take on that?




posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 01:32 AM
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The problem is democracy itself. No one should have the right to vote on what kind of health care I use if any, or what kind of money I use, or anything else I decide to do as long as I am not oppressing anyone. Anything done collectively by a community should be completely voluntary with no force or coercion involved.

Democracy is just a tool for the 51% to use to oppress the other 49% period.



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 01:33 AM
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George Washington Made many references to political parties as being bad for the union . His farewell speech he addresses the issue .




One of the expedients of Party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions & aims of other Districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies & heart burnings which spring from these misrepresentations. They tend to render Alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal Affection.





The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissention, which in different ages & countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders & miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security & repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.


www.thirty-thousand.org...

There are a bunch of links showing Georges mistrust of political parties

www.google.com...:en-US
fficial&q=George+washington+political+parties&start=0&sa=N

So my 2 coppers is I agree with George Washington on the parties are a detriment to our society .



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 01:33 AM
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would love to see it happen however
the hard part is convincing the other
300 Million people to do the same



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 01:41 AM
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I agree that is the hard part, but that is what a Utopia is : a goal to TRY to reach for bettering ourselves.

I SO love my first thread so far, you guys are great.

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posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 01:52 AM
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Originally posted by hawkiye
The problem is democracy itself. No one should have the right to vote on what kind of health care I use if any, or what kind of money I use, or anything else I decide to do as long as I am not oppressing anyone. Anything done collectively by a community should be completely voluntary with no force or coercion involved.

Democracy is just a tool for the 51% to use to oppress the other 49% period.


To be exact the original make up of out system of government . Was a democratic republic , the republic form of government being the set up and the constitution being the rules and law . The democratic part has a wide area of influence but being governed by the Constitution .

The Constitution was set up to protect the advances of pure majority rule and protect the rights of the minority . I believe the traditional limits of majority rule have been eroded away over time and the Constitution has been weakened .

I feel the parties each pushing for their own agenda have eroded away the original controls the constitution put on the democratic process .

When the political parties have whittled away at the strength of the constitution then this is what happens we have politicians who are not accountable to the people only to the party its self . Now we get on party in control who can dictate like is being done .



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 02:16 AM
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Originally posted by Lostinthedarkness

Originally posted by hawkiye
The problem is democracy itself. No one should have the right to vote on what kind of health care I use if any, or what kind of money I use, or anything else I decide to do as long as I am not oppressing anyone. Anything done collectively by a community should be completely voluntary with no force or coercion involved.

Democracy is just a tool for the 51% to use to oppress the other 49% period.


To be exact the original make up of out system of government . Was a democratic republic , the republic form of government being the set up and the constitution being the rules and law . The democratic part has a wide area of influence but being governed by the Constitution .

The Constitution was set up to protect the advances of pure majority rule and protect the rights of the minority . I believe the traditional limits of majority rule have been eroded away over time and the Constitution has been weakened .

I feel the parties each pushing for their own agenda have eroded away the original controls the constitution put on the democratic process .

When the political parties have whittled away at the strength of the constitution then this is what happens we have politicians who are not accountable to the people only to the party its self . Now we get on party in control who can dictate like is being done .



Big sigh! No no no!!! to be exact your exactly wrong. Care to show me where in the constitution Democracy is mentioned at all? Need I post the many quotes by the founding fathers condemning democracy to hell?

We are not a democratic republic. We are a union of several republics sometimes called states the Federal Republic did not superceede the several republics. It was a mutual defense and free trade agreement.

Here are the facts the constitution delegates 17 enumerated powers to the federal government period! None of which have anything to do with you and me. The Bill of Rights protect the minority and was an extra precaution to the federal government to keep thier hands off the people and the states. IOW they had no authority in those areas period! It was the law they were to operate by and not go beyond.

It was not a democracy to " run the country" as everyone has been brain washed to believe, study some history. There was no country it was a union of several countries strictly for mutual defense and free trade nothing more period. Everything Congress does these days is in democracy and completely outside the scope of authority of the constitution. It's was a restriction on the feds, if it's not in there they can't do it period.

There was no democracy telling you and me what to do like health care, or growing hemp, or making wine paying income tax etc. etc. etc. That was all born of this modern De facto democracy that has usurped the constitutional republic of the union of the several states. AMERICANS DON'T KNOW THEIR HISTORY and continue to repeat this nonsense about us being founded as a democracy and wonder why we can't change things!

Democracy is nothing but a tool to oppress by supposed consensus.



[edit on 17-4-2010 by hawkiye]

[edit on 17-4-2010 by hawkiye]



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 02:20 AM
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Originally posted by gagol
I say we only elect independent representatives that serves local interests first.


In theory at least under the US electoral system your idea is possible because Americans elect their leaders rather then Members of Parliament . In practice your idea is impossible because it defies Human Nature . Apart of Human Nature is that people with similar interests good or bad will gravitate together.

Cheers xpert11 .



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 03:15 AM
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You and I may be splitting hairs on terminology . The declaration of independence. the articles of confederation. bill of rights and the constitution these are the documents which all governing issues should be decided by .

I cant remember but I think Ben Franklin made a analogy that to a pure democracy as 2 wolves and a sheep voting on whats for dinner!

The point I was trying to make the balance between the republican form and the democratic form has been shifted . The democratic aspect of our government was the election of the president and both houses of congress . Which all of them were to be government by the above mentioned papers which was the republic part of the government . These elected officials they have over reached their limits of what is really legal by the original documents .

Article 1



Section 2 - The House The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.




Section 4 - Elections, Meetings The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Chusing Senators.


The democratic part

Article 4



Section 4 - Republican government The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.


The republic part

www.usconstitution.net...

You and I agree the founding principles are not being followed today . Before the civil war the the United States was considered as a union of sovereign states for mutual protection and financial gain . After the civil war the states were sub servant to the Federal government . The Independence of the states was broken. Here prevailing ideas the war was over slavery not states rights and economic rights with slavery as a side issue.

I feel these political parties have amended the constitution and passed laws in ways that should have only be done with a continental congress being called and being voted on threw that process . The congress has over stepped its bounds .



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 03:31 AM
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I don't think the problem is political parties necessarily, although it would be really nice to get rid of them.

However, I think the specific problem we face (here in the US), is that we only have two viable parties, and several completely useless parties.

If you look at most other countries, they usually have several political parties that are active, usually at least 4 or 5. Even in countries such as the UK, where there are only two or three dominant parties, the smaller parties still manage to elect members to parliament. If I am correct, the UK currently has 11 different parties represented in the House of Commons!

Compare that to the US, where virtually every member of the Senate (with two exceptions), every member of the House, and even every governor is currently affiliated with either the Democrats or the Republicans.

The system over here is designed so that third parties fail. Even though roughly a quarter of voting Americans are registered Independent, we receive virtually no representation in government. That, in my opinion, is the heart of the problem.



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 04:14 AM
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There was no democracy the president was elected by the house as the president of the federal body not the entire country, the representatives elected by the states were more like appointed and sent to represent the states in that body for mutual defense and free trade period not to make laws for the states or the people, it was all just to run that body within the confines of the constitution. They even changed the way senators were appointed to usurp. All the laws etc. passed by that body only apply to that body not the people of the several states so there is no democracy period. No democratic body including state legislatures has any lawful authority to make laws governing the people THERE IS NO DEMOCRACY. The democracy we see today is treason and unlawful and needs to be done away with.

Democracy is treason and rebellion against the Federal and State Constitutions!



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 04:41 AM
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Originally posted by gagol
This is an idea I have been tinkering with for many years now.

I would like to have your collective opinion about declaring the principle of existence of parties illegal. I believe it would open the place for more debates and remove the extreme polarization of political systems around the world. (can imagine USSR or CHINA without central party?)

I say we only elect independent representatives that serves local interests first.

So, what is your take on that?


I could go a long way with your diagnosis of the problem, but I'm not convinced that your solution is workable.

In Britain, the party machinery has been gaining more and more control over individual members of Parliament for more than a hundred years. National party organisations go back to the time of people like Randolph Churchill and Joseph Chamberlain. One of the most important tools, in modern times, is the fact that a large chunk of the governing party have jobs in the government or are hoping to get jobs in the government. At least your constitution cut off that option.

On the other hand, I'm inclined to think that a legal ban on parties would be unenforceable. If people are not allowed to combine in public, they will switch to combining in secret. It' s hard enough for ATS to keep track of potential secret societies as it is. Just imagine having to use investigation and guesswork in order to establish which politicians were secret Republicans and which ones were secret Democrats? [NEWSFLASH- Palin was spotted having lunch with Bush on Tuesday; might this mean that they belong to the same party?]

So "what to do about it?" is still a puzzle. Tackling the problem from the other end might involve doing something to make life easier for new parties. How might that work?



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 11:28 AM
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All of your comments are truly highly valuable. The point of th thread was generating discussion and thinking about the negative impact of parties.

You all give me a lot to think about. Maybe Secretary of Defense should be voted in place by the military personnel.

May the Great Architect of the Universe Bless You All.



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 11:52 AM
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What about what we can do today?

We can elect independent candidates, the more we elect, less power will be concentrated in the hands of major parties. It's all about PEOPLE vs CORPORATIONS.

Godspeed!

[edit on 17-4-2010 by gagol]



posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 11:57 AM
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Exactly its mob rule, and if your a minority, the mob always wants to destroy some minority in the real world.

Democracy = rubbish beyond words.



posted on Apr, 18 2010 @ 06:59 PM
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For now, the idea of just 1 political party working together is excellent. More things would be produced and there would most likely be less debates on certain subjects (as long as the people of the single party are intelligent enough).

Democracy is one of the better forms of government and probably the best one on this planet at this time, but later on better forms of government will be created.
The best form of government is led by one true genius, not the kind with measurable intelligence,by today's intelligence tests, problems with their spouse and frequent paranoia and depression. I'm talking about the kind where they are most always happy, and can solve their problems and their country's problems.

[edit on 18-4-2010 by Keliko favlaka]



posted on May, 1 2010 @ 10:53 AM
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I agree, another problem with parties is that it contributes to political instability. I mean, are frequent policy changes really good for a country?

Also, the more parties one has to choose between, the more difficult it will become to make an educated vote - there is simply to many parties (even if many follows roughly the same policies). There's soo many choices that it becomes a pain in the *** to vote for what's best for the country. Then you have parties changing their policies or lying about them. It's really hard to keep yourself updated constantly. It's much easier to simply vote on the parties you've always voted on - which may not be what is good for your country.

Democracy has its good sides like any other political ideology, but it also has its bad sides. I think Democracy best works as a complementary ideology.



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