There is no doubt that America is a deeply divided country and the division is only getting wider and more hostile. The last time America saw this kind of division, it led to the darkest part of American history – the Civil War – where at least 620,000 and possibly as many as 850,000, Americans died at the hands of other Americans.
The Civil War saw brothers fighting brothers and fathers fighting against sons. The official dates of the Civil War were April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865, but the animosity and killing lasted for many decades, especially in the South.
If something isn’t done soon, America will be facing a second civil war, only this time, the casualties could easily reach millions.
I’ve heard some say that the division that is ripping America apart revolves around racism and the growing racial hatred that was fueled by Barack Obama and his cronies, but I believe that’s only a symptom of the real cause of division in America.
The real division is caused by diametrically opposed ideologies that currently rest along the lines of political parties. One party wants to preserve the America we knew and loved and the things that made America great while the other political party wants to destroy everything good and wholesome about America and change it into something ugly and unwholesome.
I understand that these two opposing ideologies are not the result of having two main political parties, but the parties are responsible for many people to take sides, even if they don’t totally agree with the political party they side with.
How many times have you heard a politician belonging to one political party who says he or she doesn’t hold to all of the party platforms? For example, a Democrat who doesn’t believe in abortion or a Republican who is pro-choice.
If you’ve seen any of the dealings in the US House or Senate, especially the Senate, you will see that the party division is wide and bitter. It seems to breed hateful language and many untrue accusations and attacks.
Some have resorted to untrue personal attacks that are meant to ruin members of the opposing political party. The attacks are so personal that it brands the accused for the rest of the life, even if the accusation is proven to be false. This was evident during the confirmation hearings of now Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
There is a second reason to outlaw political parties. Every member of Congress will tell you that they are pressured by their political party to raise funds for the party. In many cases, up to half of the time spent in office is spent raising party donations. Eliminating political parties would free up members of Congress to do what they were elected to do.
A third reason can be seen by the way the political parties rule the House and Senate. You have majority and minority leaders that control what pieces of legislation are considered and which ones never see the light of day. Eliminating these positions would allow every bill to be read and considered.
A fourth reason is that political parties are already separating families, much like the Civil War separated families years ago. I know people who haven’t spoken to other family members (brothers and father-sons) for years just because one is a Republican and the other is Democrat.
Banning political parties won’t solve all of the issues causing the division in America but it would help address some of the issues and possibly weaken the division and prevent it from growing into a bloody civil war that would be disastrous for America and the American people.
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