In Sean Hannity's "Tim McVeigh wannabes" interview Republican Congressman David Dreier declares how important it is to read the Federalist Papers in order to gain an understanding about the Framer's intent and vision for America. Dreier then quotes Thomas Jefferson and while the viewer is left with the impression that the quote comes from a federalist paper it actually comes from Jeffersons first inaugural address. But, whatever dude. I agree that we should read the Federalist Papers and here are some excerpts from FP #10, written by James Madison, where he discusses factions and their impact on the union (bolding mine)... AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a wellconstructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction. By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts. But the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society. Those who are creditors, and those who are debtors, fall under a like discrimination. A landed interest, a manufacturing interest, a mercantile interest, a moneyed interest, with many lesser interests, grow up of necessity in civilized nations, and divide them into different classes, actuated by different sentiments and views. The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government. It's not as simple as Republicans would have you believe. The Framers weren't advocating a government that stayed in the background, small and undetectable to the citizens. They believed that the government played a major role in improving everybody's life. They had an ambitious and involved vision for the government and this is just one more piece of evidence to support that view. We should read the Federalist Papers. I think many of us would be surprised by what they contain.