Q. Is politics worse today?
A: The discussion of our national partisan divisions is usually followed by someone evoking the Founding Fathers and stating how disappointed they would be with our back fighting and dissension. While I am sure some of the Founders would dislike the modern campaign, it is a bit disingenuous and self-serving to suggest that Founders were without conflict and contention.
In truth, the battles between factions early in our nation produced some very difficult situations with the potential to cut short our experiment in self-government. When George Washington retired from office, there was a fierce competition between Federalists, like Alexander Hamilton, and the Democratic-Republicans (Republicans), such as Thomas Jefferson.