It must be my week for posts about Trump…
Calling on Lenin
POLITICAL parties are mentioned nowhere in the Constitution….
You would think this would end the conversation – well, in some countries maybe. Not in banana republics.
What did some of the founding fathers (for lack of a better term) think about political parties?
There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
Well, there is the "con" side of the argument. Will anyone speak for the "pro"?
A party is the vanguard of a class, and its duty is to lead the masses and not merely to reflect the average political level of the masses.