...for in politics as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. An yet, however just these sentiments will be allowed to be, we have already sufficient indications that it will happen in this as in all former cases of great national discussion.
A torrent of angry and malignant passions will be let loose. To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their oppinions and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.
Spain's election campaing 2011? No, Alexander Hamilton in "The Federalist"