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Political Parties Destroy Democracy

Updated on April 6, 2012


When it comes to election time, political parties correctly promote the candidates they want but after the election they should disappear.

Political parties are basically tools for a certain set of political ideals. Members for each party obviously believe that their view of a political ideal is the correct one, promoting what they believe to be the higher priorities with less emphasis on the ones they see to be less important.

Obviously a political party would want more candidates that think like them, to win seats in Government. That is OK, nothing is wrong with that but after the election: what?

Some of the electorate does vote for the candidate of a certain political party, regardless of their feelings for the abilities of that candidate. I would certainly hope though, that the majority vote for a candidate that they believe will be the best for them and their country. Of course they can take into consideration the political ideals of the candidate but vote on the candidate themselves. Otherwise, why have named candidates; just vote for a party.


Post Election

Now you have a house full of representatives that the people thought would be the best for them. The job of the representatives is to put forward suggestions to improve the country. Their job is to convince the others in that house and vote for what they believe is right.

No party was elected, the candidates were.

If there is a majority of Republican representatives, then the Republican Party could expect that as they have a majority of like thinking people, many things will go in their favor, but not all. They should not pressure the representative or even expect the representative to vote other than his conscience, he was the one elected.

No one party has the monopoly on good ideas and so good ideas will come from any party regardless of which has a majority in the house.

Having gotten as many of their representatives as possible into Government, the “Party” should be quiet and work on strategies for the next election: their job is over.


Death of Democracy

Currently, representatives are pressured to vote in accordance with their party wishes. This is not why the people elected them; they were elected because the electorate thought that they would make the right decisions on each issue.

True democracy is where people get to vote for the people that they believe will do the best for them and their country. These elected people have a responsibility to those people, not their party.

With party politics in the United States today, it is more like a choice of two dictatorships with no personal representation.

To reiterate, each party has a role to play but only in the election itself. Those elected should be free from pressures to vote on each individual point as they see fit. Only then can the people restore some kind of say in their own country.

This year the United States is trying to stop bullying. That is good but let it start at the top. Stop the bullying of representatives by their political parties. Stop the bullying of smaller countries and most of all; stop the bullying of the American people by the political elite.


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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      The political climate has changed in this country and not for the better. Today we are faced with people like Grover Norquist who wields his power by having newly elected officials sign a "no new taxes" pledge. We have an activist right leaning Supreme Court that views corporations as people. We are bombarded by political hacks who cover the airwaves with hate filled speech, half truths or pure and simple out and out lies. Social media and a 24 hour news cycle also add to the current turmoil on the political scene. Compromise has become archaic in Washington and it is now a "my way or the highway" kind of thinking. We are in trouble here and I don't think I will live long enough to see us get out of the mess we are currently in.

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      The "New World Order" argument is certainly NOT beyond the realm Of possibility - not in my Opinion anyway.

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      I'm not so sure that it is the parties themselves that are to blame as much as the whole campaign spending problem that has gone wacko. It now costs millions to get elected to the U.S. Senate, and in too many cases millions are spent to attain a 2-year gig as a Representative.

      Couple the spending requirements with the difficulty in raising the money due to ill considered legislation such as McCain-Feingold and you create problems. It is difficult to raise the kind of cash needed from within your district, and in some case from within your State. So the parties step in and suppy large amounts of cash to political aspirants. And whenever someone gives you money, you are beholdin' to him or her from thence forward.

      Political Parties may simply be a scapegoat for a more fundamental problem.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      34th Bomb Group- I agree the US is a Republic. So why claim to be the leaders of the DEMOCRATIC world, no one can have it both ways. So why is it that the US wants to change democracies, I thought they were only against socialist states or dictatorships. Could it be that the elitists who really run the US want to run a Republic of the Whole World.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      North American politics mystify me. I'm not a political animal anyway. In Britain, we have 2 1/2 effective parties. Conservatives, Labour and Liberals (te first and last now forming a coalition government for the first time in 100 years).

      But the Left and the Right have both gravitated towards the center so there's not a lick of difference in their policies - which are to release the rich from the burden of paying taxes while getting as much as they can squeeze from the middle class and poorest members.

      I expect its similar over there.


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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      Our election process is badly flawed, but it remains the best in the world.

      (Don't forget we're a Republic, not a Democracy. Different rules.))

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      Mike Bouska 5 years ago from Midwest USA

      I think instead of representation of the people. we see more of a representation of the highest bidder. It is a perversion of democracy when in a state contest, more campaign funds come from outside the district in question.