Reason TV: Attack ads, circa 1800

Victor Joecks

The next time someone complains that modern politics is getting too divisive or polarized, just show them this video.

As the words (and attack ads) of President John Adams and President Thomas Jefferson show, those who pretend politicians from 200 years ago were the standard of civility – that we should emulate – don’t know their history. And if you don’t agree with me, you must want children to writhe on a pike.*

*I assume everyone will understand that’s a reference to the video, but if not, watch the video!