Franklin’s wisdom for US: The bashing of other political parties is nothing new—though distasteful, not always true, and not from a place of goodness.
Franklin wrote this in a letter to the editor of the Pennsylvania Gazette. It shows that the fear-mongering between parties, even in the earliest days of our nation, is nothing new. Back in 1788, it was between the federalists and the anti-federalists.
The full main paragraph is a delight to read and replete with the wise humor for which Franklin is known. Here are a few more quotes from his letter.
Franklin’s call to action for US: Create a discourse of goodness in all political discussions. Minimize foreign influence on increasing rancor and hatred in politics.
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“Your State is divided into parties, that each party ascribes all the public operations of the other to vicious motives; that they do not even suspect one another of the smallest degree of honesty; that the antifederalists are such merely from the fear of losing powers, places, or emoluments which they have in possession or in expectation; that the federalists are a set of conspirators, who aim at establishing a tyranny over the persons and property of their countrymen and to live in splendor on the plunder of the people.”