Very little of US history was non-partisan. Basically, you got Washington and the first representatives and then parties were formed. The Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party were created in the 1790s. IN other words, the idea of a non-partisan political was never realized. There is no non-partisan past for anyone to admire. If you also look at the disagreements during the development of the Constitution, you'll see some clear partisanship even there; even though they didn't assign party names to it.
I've pointed out on several occasions that the two theoretical options are to outlaw political parties and assure that their machines are dismantled and going with the multi-party system. Outlawing political parties would violate freedom of association and speech and other rights. It's not practical, nor do I think it desirable.
Correlation does not prove causality!
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