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Why were political parties viewed as so dangerous by the founding Fathers? Why did they come into being at all and why did they come to be accepted as legitimate ways to express political disagreement?

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The creation of the American political parties and their inherent danger.

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Quite simply, they were afraid that one's loyalty to a political party would outweigh one's loyalty to their country and the well being of that country.

This is an excerpt I found from Washington given during his farewell speech. Hope it helps to clarify. The brackets indicate text that is simplified from the orig text. Hope this helps...

"All obstructions to the execution of the Laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency.

[They [political parties] serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of ...

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