A brief history on American political parties

As part of my ongoing effort to supplant the two major political parties…

Did you know George Washington was not a member of a political party? In fact, he found them dangerous, and warned about them.

The first President of the United States got it right. In his farewell address, George Washington warned of the “continual mischiefs of the spirit of party” making it the “interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” In other words, he cautioned against the dangers of political parties.

Washington was keenly aware of the destructive nature of political parties and was concerned they would “enfeeble public administration.”

That’s a far cry from where we find ourselves now: two dominant parties either of which finds “enfeebling public administration” a perfect descriptor.


“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.”

Democratic and Republican parties as despots. I think Mr. Dollar Bill was onto something.

The United States has not always been dominated by two major political parties. But, our history features long periods of two-party dominance. Among those long gone are the Democratic-Republican Party, the Federalist Party, the Bull Moose Party, the Anti-Masonic Party, the Liberty Party, and the Whig Party.

To name a few.

Enjoy the following graphical summary courtesy of LearnNC.org. (charts overlap)

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Marty Duren

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