George Washington was the First President of the newly formed federal government under the Constitution for the United States of America. He was also
the first and only President under this system of federalism that did not belong to any political party. In his
, Washington gave dire warnings about the damage political parties can
cause. No one listened to him then, and no one is really listening now. After all, why listen to some dead President when we can have so much fun
attacking each other solely based upon the political party "they" belong to?
There is no Constitutional mandate for political parties within the United States. The Constitution remains silent on the issue. Even before the
federal Constitution was drafted, Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist # 9
, and James
Madison in Federalist # 10
both spoke to the dangers of political and domestic factions.
Ironically, Hamilton was the primary proponent of the Federalist Party
and of course, in response to that, Madison, along with Thomas Jefferson, formed the
The deep entrenchment of political parties, however, did not really begin until Andrew Jackson drove a wedge between the Republican-Democrat Party
advocating the primacy of the Presidency, forming the Jacksonian Democrats
eventually evolved into the Democratic Party, and in response, Henry Clay led the
Where Jackson and his democrats were advocating an Executive
branch with more power than Congress, the Whigs were advocating Congress as the primary source of power, both parties missing the point that the
inherent political power resides with the people.
As the anti-slavery movement began to gain steam the rise of the Republican Party cemented what would finally become the two-party system we now have.
Democrats versus Republicans. Today, even with a plethora of marginalized "third parties", it remains Democrats versus Republicans, and so much so
that we the people are constantly bombarded with ridiculous label baiting, and in order to maintain this order of a two-party system we are taught
that Democrats are "liberals" and Republicans are "conservatives", and in spite of the fact that the so called "liberals" are deeply entrenched in
their social policies, highly conservative of their ideology, and in spite of the fact that no one really knows just what the hell Republicans are
"conserving", the majority of us buy into this order.
We bicker, we argue, we even grow to hate each other, and all the while the steady expansion of government continues right on schedule, intruding into
the lives of people daily. So necessary has this political divide become that highly corporatized media companies, such as Time Magazine ponders with
pretend erudition: Are Liberals Smarter than Conservatives?
In response, a
nation speaks out, each side firmly entrenched in their party affiliation, desperately looking for some example, any example will do, that supports
their contention that the other party is filled with idiots.
"I know you are, but what am I?"
Round and round we go, each side so sure they have the correct answer, but all of us with our metaphorical fiddles playing insanely as this modern day
edit on 17-5-2012 by Jean Paul Zodeaux because: (no reason given)