Why were the first political parties created?
Thomas Jefferson [& James Madison] had issues with everything Anthony Hamilton did and vice versa. After George Washington [the president at the time] continually passed bills proposed by Hamilton, Jefferson got really upset and quit. He went back home and created the Federalist Party. The first two parties in America were the Federalist and Anti-Federalist.
The first two parties were referred to as the Federalist and the Republican parties; but they were not organized political parties like the Democrat and Republican parties are today. The Federalist and Republican parties were simply names that referred to people holding one or another political philosophy about how strong the federal government should be.
Political parties are created for all the following reasons: to aggregate interests, resolve political conflict, and to help shape the compromises involved in the making of public policy. Political parties are groups of citizens who share opinions on issues, carry on political activities, and attempt to influence government policy through the competition of elections and participation in the making of public policy.
America's first political parties were the Democratic-Republicans and the Democrats. (Federalists and the Anti-federalists were the first factions; not parties) They disagreed over the power of national and state governments, foreign policies, and interpretation of the Constitution. The political parties back then were split against topics that we now agree on, like how the Constitution should be interpreted and how much power each government should have. Nowadays, current political parties disagree on more personal topics…
There were actually two first political parties. Both parties formed at basically the same time, because the first one (which is technically unknown which party came first) had ideas someone didn't like, so another person formed a second party with their ideas contradicting the first party's ideas. The first two political parties were the Republican Party and the Federalist Party.
Newspaper played a big role when it came to the growth of political parties. This was the only source of media circulation, so the newspapers encouraged the congressional parties to submit articles that could be published. This created great interest among readers and they soon began writing to the parties. This caused more interest in the political parties that were running for office.
At that time, many Americans thought political parties were harmful to good government. The Constitution made no mention of parties because its authors saw no good use for them. Washington disapproved of political parties, or "factions" as they were known. He warned that they would divide the nation.
The "framers" of the constitution did not intend for [[How does a democracy encourage the formation of political parties#|political parties]] to be created, however the "right vs. left" divide forced it. This same divide has been true throughout history since the dawn of civilization. Its not that democracy encourages political parties. Democracy just allows political parties to be formed, but often when one or two political parties share the vast majority of funds or power…
The "framers" of the constitution did not intend for political parties to be created, however the "right vs. left" divide forced it. This same divide has been true throughout history since the dawn of civilization. Its not that democracy encourages political parties. Democracy just allows political parties to be formed, but often when one or two political parties share the vast majority of funds or power, they are able to outspend "third party" candidates by…