Here's a bit of information both depressing and encouraging: Today's political scene is little different from the decades just after the American Revolution.
Donald Trump calls his opponents losers and we wonder how we let this happen. He wants to build a wall, ban Muslims from entering the country, tighten libel laws so he can sue his enemies in the media for reporting facts. Clinton hides her emails. Wall Street corrupts everything. How did we get here? What terrible times.
Thomas Jefferson called Alexander Hamilton a Creole bastard. He said then-president John Adams was "a blind, bald, crippled, toothless man who is a hideous hermaphroditic character". Alexander Hamilton created Wall Street, established the first American Bank. And the second American Bank. The Alien and Sedition Acts barred many immigrant from entering the United States, were responsible for the deportation of others; they made speaking against the government illegal (one man was arrested after drunkenly insulting the president). Vice President Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton dead. Andrew Jackson fought three duels.
How did we get here?
At least we don't have duels anymore. Just Twitter. If you don't know how this year's election is going to turn out, pay closer attention.