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How did US President George Washington feel about political parties?

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George Washington believed that political parties would be the down fall of our country. As he neared his resignation, George Washington wrote a letter to the nation. He warned of the danger of political parties, and how they would turn the government from a group of people interested in their nation's future to a rabbling mob of power hungry professional politicians. In short, he opposed political parties. However, near the beginning of the election of the second president, two parties, the Democrats and the Federalists emerged. They declined in popularity, however, and faded from the political mainstream of the time. When the seventh presidency (don't quote me, it was close to then, I'm pretty sure) began, two new parties gained prominence. The National Republicans, or Whigs, and the Democrats. These two political parties are still the most popular today.

George Washington's

Farewell Address

"They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels, and modified by mutual interests."

This is what we have today politicians that represent the rich and powerful not the majority of Americans, and not national unity.

None of the founding fathers wanted political parties because the thought they would cause too much conflict.

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Washington was not in favor of political parties, but his view was impractical. With the US having just established a democracy (as opposed to the UK's monarchy); and the president and Congress to be elected, political parties were a natural way for like-minded people to have someone nominated and elected.

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