Jenny asks…Would we be better off without political parties?Part of a George Washington quote about parties: “… they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion…” There is more similar to this, from his farewell address.
I know this would be difficult, that is not the question. I haven’t devised a way to select candidates, but I believe that could be done-let’s pretend it can for the sake of argument.Political News Writer answers:Yes. Hamilton and jefferson ignored what Washington said and formed them anyway. It has led to political agendas, things not getting done, people not learning the issues, and most importantly, senators and representatives do not do what they think is right, or what the people who voted for them want them to do; they just follow what their party wants.Michael asks…Who else agrees that Political Parties are bad and that no one should be allowed to be re-elected?I mean think about it. We all use these political parties names as insults. Even George Washington said that political parties would be bad. I have the quote:
However may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796
Isn’t that what is happening now? Things like the war and the illegal immigration problems and such wouldn’t even be making headlines if it wasn’t an election year! Politicians are using these for their own agendas and those most likely aren’t Constitutional, they just won’t tell you that. It’s just to gain more power and more money! And about the re-election thing. I mean we all complain that our government is corrupt. So why don’t we step up and do something about it. It’s our right as American Citizens to change anything we disagree with in our Government is it not? I mean not allowing people to run for a re-election would greatly decrease the amount of corrupt politicians in our government. And when I say no re-elections I mean if you run for an office once and win you can not ever run for another office again. Thats the end of your political career. I know it sounds a little crazy but take some time to actually think about it. You may come to see where I am coming from….
@Riddle: Not necessarily a politician can lie to the people and make them believe they are doing good things but those good things can have hidden ideas and plans in them too. I mean we re-elected Bush and no one was happy with what he did his second term.Political News Writer answers:I definitely think we’d be better off without parties (especially since it would make it harder for people who are poorly informed to vote). However, I think there are a few good politicians who are regularly re-elected.
I also worry that if we limit every politician to one term that it would make them more interested in representing lobbyists so that they can get a good-paying job after their career in office comes to an end.
One change I would like to see would be an increase in the number of districts in the House. Currently, each House district consists of around 600,000 people. This is far too large to make it affordable for ordinary people to run for office or for representatives to truly represent their district. Maybe if we increased the size of the House to 4,350 members instead of 435 members, we would have a more representative Congress and it would be much harder for special interests to purchase members of the House (it is much more affordable to buy 218 members of Congress than 2,176). Maybe if we had a larger Congress, I’d be more comfortable with a term limit of a single term.Powered by Yahoo! Answers