Joshua Abraham Norton
, also known as Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, made several decrees
during his reign (1859-1880), including the following which was proclaimed on August 12, 1869 and published in the San Francisco Herald
August 13, 1869:
Nortin I., Dei Gratia, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, being desirous of allaying the dissensions of party strife now existing within our realm, do hereby dissolve and abolish the Democratic and Republican parties, and also do hereby decree disfranchisement and imprisonment, for not more than ten nor less than five years, to all persons leading to any violation of this imperial decree.
Sounds like a good idea to me!