“We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”
Alexander Hamilton, Constitutional Convention, June 1787
It seemed like a good time to dust this quote off. Our government was created as a Democratic Republic primarily try to minimize the impact of extremist views, which are a risk in a true democracy, and to thereby protect the rights of those in the minority. It seems like out polarization keeps getting worse – what we need, and do not have, is both a president and a congress that are willing to work together – dare I say compromise – to unify the country, in stead of actively promoting the divisions.
Alexander Hamilton image from http://www.biography.com/people/alexander-hamilton-9326481