Would A Country Without Political Parties Truly Work Better? - BlueYouth Live Group

Anti-Political Parties

"parties’ capacity to respond to the needs of voters has declined. The erosion of local parties, civic associations, and trade unions makes it harder for parties to maintain connections to voters."

Since political parties have what seems like "set" beliefs it often doesn't allow conformity to the people. There's no certain representative that could go in and change certain things about the basis of a party because it better suits its followers or the current times. 

Political parties also don't allow for people to form their own beliefs and act on those... By choosing democrat or republican you have to align yourself with a set of beliefs in which all may not apply to you. 
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Pro Political Parties

"The really effective legislation in our history — Social Security and Medicare, for instance — was passed with solid, bipartisan support."

"They get out the vote and educate voters. They teach many thousands of ordinary Americans what the nuts and bolts of democratic participation look like."

"They play an important role in funding elections, financing the system, and giving candidates a platform."

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History of Political Parties 

Beginnings of division: 

Primary Divisions of Belief
Anti-Federalists and Federalists 
Federalists believed in the Constitution and centralized government 
Anti-Federalists believed in the Articles of Confederation and individualized state governments

Washington Farewell Address: "“the baneful effects of the spirit of [political] party.” “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption…”" 

Federalists took control mostly because they won over the Anti-Federalists and established the Constitution leading to a centralized national government and a national bank 
Anti-Federalists turned into the Democratic-Republican party in opposition to the Federalists (Jefferson and Madison)
Federalists dissolved in 1812 during the war

Democratic party continued on, issue of slavery divided the party -- northern and southern states 
Republican party formed in response to anti-slavery and abolitionist movements -- Lincoln first president 

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