• To me... it appears that there have been differences of opinion and party differences, from the first establishment of government to the present day, and on the same question which now divides our own country; that these will continue through all future time; that every one takes his side in favor of the many, or of the few, according to his constitution, and the circumstances in which he is placed.

    Thomas Jefferson (1829). “Memoirs, 4: Correspondence and Private Papers”, p.208
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