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Effects of Political Parties Introduction Since the last of the Whig party left office in 1852 the American political system has been primarily a two party system The Democrats and the Republicans have been the two parties fighting for the Presidency since that time There have been many other parties since that time but mainly these two have gone unopposed against each other However how much good do these parties actually do Would our country be run as effectively if the presence of political parties was no longer a factor It is the opinion of the authors that the US Government would exist without political parties and may in fact be stronger The concept of political parties seems to go against what it means to be a politician to represent his or her constituents More time money and effort it seems is put into getting elected to an office than actually doing work for the people in that office One fairly recent example is seen in the case of the proposed federal Balanced Budget Amendment Mark Hatfield Republican Oregon Senator went against his parties wishes and voted against the amendment His party nearly abandoned him for choosing the people over his party Many senators are faced with the same decision every day but instead stick with party beliefs and not what they feel would be the best for the people In order for true democracy to be achieved in our government we feel drastic changes need to occur Review Of The Literature Since the mid 1850s the Democrats and Republicans have had control of the nation government The only place where opposition was felt was at the state and local levels However in the early days of our country third and fourth party candidates played important roles in politics A few of these parties from our history are the Democrat-Republicans Jefferson Republicans Whigs and Federalists Many other lesser known or hardly known at all parties
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