We as citizens have allowed our Federal Government to fall apart, that's right! It's our fault, all of us. I'm not pointing fingers and blaming political parties; this goes way back beyond even that.
Our Forefathers did not believe political parties were a healthy or efficient concept for our government. Based on what I have observed in my lifetime, I would agree, but these parties were allowed to develop. We pay the wage for it today (quite literally). I will tell you, for disclosure's sake, I am a registered Republican, only to the point that I have to be to participate in the electoral process. If it were called 'people wearing chicken suits,' I would still be so that I could vote in primary elections. Still, I believe the party system as it has manifested is a massive crack in our national armor. Our votes should be for the person and not a party.
We have been stomped down, silenced, and misled into believing we have nothing to say. That our voices do not matter and that our political parties know better. We have been forced to choose sides (political parties) and fight among ourselves, blaming each other for our problems. It's interesting; somewhere, I've heard this kind of deception and corruption story. Yeah, that's right; it led to the American revolution against British rule. At that time, these 'parties' were known as Patriots and Loyalists.
Not everyone was against British rule; these were the loyalists (Loyal to the British Crown), certainly not those who had a great chance of profiting from such government rule. Those who favored it were those who could afford the restrictions and taxation that were being levied or were people misled by inaccurate information. Moreover, they were blind to these practices' effects on the less wealthy colonial areas. Sound familiar? A group of fed-up ordinary colonial citizens made it known when they tossed cases and barrels of overtaxed tea off ships in the Boston Harbor. These are the Patriots (Stood for Freedom from the British Crown), a title that is frequently misrepresented and slandered then and even today.