"Were parties here divided merely by a greediness for office,...
to take a part with either would be unworthy of a reasonable or moral man."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
letter to William Branch Giles, 1795. ME 9:317
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
Hmm, I guess that leaves us with 2 immoral parties to choose from -- that is democracy for you.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Awesome! I've never heard this one before but it is rather telling of our current two party system. I no longer wish to be identified with either of the two major parties in America (formerly the United States). I wish to be called a little "R" republican.
     -- Russell, Evans     
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    The 2 party system always gives 2 sides to a story - making a good guy and a bad guy. Truth, law, order, liberty, prosperity, justice, inalienable right and individual sovereign status exists outside the communist / fascist dynamic.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Why I've been voting Libertarian since 1996.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Cal, me too. Voting for a republican or democrat is voting for the lesser of the evils.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Thomas Jefferson formed the democratic Republican party. In opposition to the federalist party. This federalist party was not the same as that of the 1780's Federalist pro- constitution. Those that drafted the Constitution. Washington disdained factions within parties. Suits vs people of the soil. Though some suspect Washington was a federalist, that is not proven, but if so, it was to the original federalist pro-constitution, the federal structure. The split coming over new issues. Power and greed. What a time to have lived in, the birth of a new nation ! To much power in the hands of a few. The enemy within the ranks right off the bat ! Washington's farewell address sums it up. Beware of those that will rise through party to plunder and steal the riches and rights of the people.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    Somewhere between 1789 (the ratification of the Constitution) and 2012, the chains that were to bind our Government became loose, I suspect both parties are to blame and that it was incremental. I think I read somewhere it started the day the document was signed.
     -- Warrdoc, Elk Grove,     
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