From the very beginning this nation has been created by a combination of (and by the compromise of) 2 opposing viewpoints 1) those favoring a strong central government (Adams, Hamilton & Adams) and the 1st opposition party favoring smaller, localized control (ie Jefferson and the Democratic/Republican Party which became the Republican party). These people were all founding fathers. We have survived, what's going on today is nothing new but it's very interesting to note that each viewpoint, at certain points in history, becomes absolutely convinced that they are the 'way and the light'. Since this is a complex land with a rich mix of people, we really need ALL viewpoints and the freedom for all viewpoints to exist. In short Sparky, calm down!