Madison and Washington had prevailed, and put down any attempts by Hamilton and Jefferson to start political factions? What if in writing the Constitution, the Founders had prohibited the forming of factions, as factions had become a thorn in the side of all governments worldwide? Of course, we can only speculate on what our political discourse would be like today if the role of Independent representative meant looking out for the good of one's constituents and not the power inherent in banding together with others of the same political ideology.
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