1. […] Morris was commenting on the waning power of the Federalist Party, one of the first parties in American politics. In his letter, he describes a political scene in which “the voice of reason” is “drowned in factious vociferation.” Hm, sound familiar? That’s right: lamenting the state of party politics is nothing new. In fact, we were warned of partisan divisions from the beginning, as with Washington’s Farewell Address. And when we look to the Constitution, we see that political parties are mentioned nowhere—they evolved a bit later on their own (well, with some help from James Madison). […]

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