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End of the GOP after a Sixth Political Party Realignment?

By Dr. Stephen Schwalbe
Special Guest Contributor
Program Director,
Political Science at American Public University

George Washington warned of the dangers of political parties in his 1796 farewell address, affirming that: “the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” Washington was wary of political parties because he was witness to the formation of the first parties in 1796 and believed they were a divisive force in the newly-formed republic.

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