On Federalist Paper #1

“So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society.” ~Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #1, 1787

Which is why we need to be patient with one another and put up with each other, especially when it comes to politics. Of course, it’s also why we need to read and use critical thinking skills. Now… how many people would re-post something like this, as opposed to inflammatory propaganda about either candidate?

“Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question. Were there not even these inducements to moderation, nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties. For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

Outstanding sentiments for our times too. Why aren’t there any Alexander Hamiltons today? Oh wait- never mind, Aaron Burr or Tom Jefferson no doubt would slander and oppose him anyway.

” A torrent of angry and malignant passions will be let loose. To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.”

Sound Familiar???!!!!

Read them all for yourself at http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1786-1800/the-federalist-papers/

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