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Political Parties

Throughout the history of the United States, there have been two main political parties. Starting with the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, the parties have developed over the years to the current system - Democrats and Republicans. Although the freedom to create new political parties exists, no other party has been able to gain the support they need to develop. These minor parties usually focus on specific issues and lack the following to win a national election. The majority of the voters believe their vote will count only when it is used to select a candidate from one of the two major parties.

Issues as well as party platforms evolve through time. There is a wealth of information out on the internet concerning history and current issues. We have provided the following links for those seeking more in-depth study of the parties and their platforms.

Democratic Party http://www.democrats.org/

Republican Party http://www.gop.com/About/

Directory of U. S. Political Parties http://www.politics1.com/parties.htm