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...hough partisanship presents dangers, especially in a period of divided government, it is healthier than my peers’ apathy. My classmates are the same people who saw little purpose in my proposal to plan a voter registration drive for eligible students during school hours. I fear that few of them will register to vote within the coming decade, and so they will have denied themselves the exercise of a right to participate in the political process and to influence the course of their local, state, and national governments. Madison confesses the shortcomings of faction but establishes how essential it is to representative democracy. Individuals who are indifferent to government threaten the very foundation of republican democracy. This form of government, for which the United States is the primary model, should be protected. Faction performs a fundamental role in doing so.
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