Unfortunately, any idea, ritual or tennets are easily "bastardize". The Republican Party was the party for common folks. Look at the change. Politics to me, are just like religion. They start with lofty ideals, however, changes occur as need changes.. An idea or thought process is used as a system of control. Humans as well as animal, need to belong.
to be in a pack, with like associates. We create "factions" to further identify our group. Politics creates many factions, it's not tarnished, only waiting for a revision.