Political Parties: Failure in
By Robert B. Winn
Copyrighted in 2012 by Robert B. Winn
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house faileth.
Two men met at Weehawken, New Jersey, on July 11, 1804. Both were prominent political party leaders of their time, members of opposing parties. After their meeting, the political careers of both were essentially over. Alexander Hamilton, the former Secretary of the Treasury and founder of America’s first political party, the Federalist Party, was mortally wounded and only lived part of another day. The man who shot him, Aaron Burr, the Vice-President of the United States, was wanted in two states for murder. Burr had been elevated to the position of Vice-President by the Republican-Democrat Party because of his expertise in party organization.