Political Parties Term Paper

¶ … dominant American political parties [...] question: Do the two dominant American political parties serve the public's interest, or just their own upper class interests? How would you change the party system so that all are truly represented? AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES

The founding fathers did not create the two dominant American political parties, Republican and Democrat, to serve their own interests; they were created as instruments of the people's political and personal beliefs. Just as the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, as noted here,

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shad ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States (Vile 248).

It also guarantees freedom to choose a political party, just as it guarantees "life, liberty, and property." "No State shall make or enforce any


They create party platforms which are supposed to represent the will and wishes of their constituents, but often these platforms are blatant showcases for special interest groups and political lobbyists. For example, many pro-life groups have staunchly supported the Republican Party both vocally and monetarily, and so the Republican Party platform includes an anti-abortion platform that even encourages a Constitutional amendment banning abortion. These "pro-life" party politics come not from a majority of the public, but from a very vocal percentage of the public who support a full ban on abortion. Therefore, this platform is not beneficial to the majority of the people who do not oppose abortion, but is in the interests of those who do. This is just one example of…

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Vile, John R. A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments. 2nd ed. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1997.

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