Opposition Amongst the Founding Brothers
Thomas Paine “Welcome to the Tom Paine show. We are here to discuss the controversy among the founding fathers. Here are our guests. Introducing George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. The main focus of today’s show is Washington retirement and conflicts it caused.”
1. Thomas Paine “Thomas Jefferson, how come you hate George Washington? Why is your relationship with Washington strained?”
Thomas Jefferson “Washington and I had different views on certain issues. For instance, his actions taken during his second term were quite questionable.
2. Thomas Paine “Would care to elaborate on Washington’s actions?”
Jefferson “Some of his actions used unnecessary force such as during the Whiskey Rebellion.
3. Paine “Washington would you care to describe the actions you took during the Whiskey rebellion?”
George Washington “Well I don’t know how this would anger Jefferson but my actions were quite necessary in my opinion. Well I am a federalist who believes in a strong central government so I had to do what was necessary to put down the sectional violence that could ultimately lead to the destruction of the Union. So through military force, I was able to put down the violence and to preserve the Union. Also I was supporting my right hand man, Alexander Hamilton’s decision on raising the tax on Whiskey.”
4. Paine “Well George Washington, one bad decision after another, I think we should talk about Jay’s Treaty. Do you think it was the right decision?”
Washington “Well I ….”
Jefferson “I believe this was an utterly absurd action taken during your presidency. How could we side with the British when France was the nation who helped us gain our independence from the oppression of the British? As a revolutionary republic, we must do our part in upholding the revolutionary ideas.
Washington “Well if you would have let me continue, I would have told you the reason...