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Political Parties: The Impending Hangover

It seems that every generation has been living on the brink of annihilation for the past 60 years. Perhaps the atomic mentality of a ticking Doomsday clock affects the human subconscious more than originally though. Why does it seem that all of our political pendants are jabbering idiots? Whether it’s Glenn Beck’s evident need of large doses of lithium, or Michael Moore confrontations with senators about their willingness to stab babies, it’s obvious that the political system is broken.

Has America become so polarized that all issues must be divided in terms of black and white? I pray every day for the death of the two-party system, this country was never meant to divided down the middle. Our first president even warned against the use of political parties at all, recognizing the debilitating effect they have on populous involvement in government stating: “They are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

George Washington raises a valid point proved time and time again – the first priority of those in power is to protect their authority. Anyone who argues otherwise doesn’t understand natural selection, and what happens when the top of any hierarchy is left unchecked. Was the man who couldn’t tell a lie, telling the truth? The barrier of entry for a new political party is absurd. A vote that doesn’t go to either Democrats or Republican Is considered “wasted,” as if such a thing is possible in a democratic system where the individual’s voice makes up the entire foundation.

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