Political Parties: Failure in American Government
In 1796 as he was leaving the office of President of the United States, George Washington warned Americans of the danger political parties posed to their freedom and advised them not to start political parties in American government. Four years later, a political party started by Thomas Jefferson took over the government of the United States. We can now see that Washington was right. More
The two-party system that prevails in most English speaking governments began during the reign of King Charles II as a means of dividing and weakening the English Parliament. At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, political parties were not popular in the United States because an English political party, the Tory Party, was blamed for causing the war of revolution. The United States existed without organized political parties for more than twenty years, warned by its first two Presidents not to start political parties in purely elective government.
The election of 1800 resulted in a political party started by Thomas Jefferson taking over the government of the United States. The party Jefferson started was re-organized in the 1830's by Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren as a pro-slavery party promoted by its leaders as being necessary in American government. The success of their efforts resulted in the Civil War. The recurring cycle of wars, financial panics, corruption in government, and loss of freedom by the people brought us to our present condition.
This is the first book ever to predict the failure of the two-party system. It will be a good thing. What Americans have not been told in recent years is that the Democrats, members of the nation's largest political party, are no longer the largest block of voters. Independent voters passed Democrats in numbers in 2009. What this means for the two-party system and why two-party government will not be able to maintain its stranglehold on American government should be of interest to everyone who believes in free and open elections.