The two great leaders just differed too greatly in their views over a few fundamental areas at the time, thus making the development of political parties inevitable. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson differed greatly in their opinions over who, exactly, should lead the government, and how, exactly, the Constitution should be interpreted. Hamilton, on one hand, thought that the common people that composed the vast majority of the population of the United States were utterly incapable of self-government. Said Hamilton in 1792, “Your people, sir, is a great beast,” thus exemplifying the Federalist belief that
At the end of the American Revolution the Articles of Confederation established an Anti-Federalist paradise in the United States. A weak league of friendship was formed between each state, angering Federalists who sought a stronger central government and causing political, economic and social problems. Shay’s Rebellion, inability to collect taxes and the worthless state currency were all problems that lead to the formation of a new constitution. After becoming free from the tyrannical rule of the British crown the Anti-Federalists were hesitant to establish a strong central government. This set into motion the forming of the Articles of Confederation which created a weak bond between states and a congress with essentially no power to put any law into motion.
This desired Constitution created a huge dispute and argument between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. George Washington and Thomas R. Frazier (author of a newspaper excerpt) were both federalists and supporters of the new Constitution. George believed they had errors to correct, meaning he thought that the new Constitution would fix the problems that the Articles of Confederation caused. Thomas believed they were in need of having an efficient federal government. Both federalists believed the new Constitution would help with providing protection, the general welfare of the people and enforcing the laws.
The seeds were sown in 1787 at the Philadelphia (Constitutional) Convention and the politics of the early years of the USA (recognizing that the USA was conceived in 1783 and born in 1789) were centered frequently around issues concerning the power and authority of the central government. The Shenanigans of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson almost tore the union apart. It took the constitutionally wrong, legally incorrect, unethical, corrupt, intellectually fraudulent decision of John Marshall in Marbury v Madison to bring the ruling elite to its senses and stop the foolishness. Of course, Marshall also made the biggest power grab in US constitutional history lied and said he had no authority to act. The "nation" was on the verge of "civil war" almost constantly in the early
They knew the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation; as a governing body, it lacked legislative power that was necessary to support a functional democracy. The important factor in the Constitutional Convention of the seventeenth century was powerless America. The United States was incapable of competing in the global economic because of lack of power to enforce laws and decrees in the states. They understood that a national government would definitely limit the power of total democracy. Without a strong central government, democracy was impossible thus America was propelling towards the gallows of failure.
The opponents, however, named themselves the Anti-Federalists, and they argued that the new plan handed too much power to the central government. Ultimately, before it could go into effect, nine of the thirteen states needed to ratify the document. The Constitution should be ratified because it will it divides the government power appropriately, unites the states,
Before one decides on their party stance, you must first understand the history of political parties, the importance of third parties, and where each party stands on major issues. History often defines the future, the two major parties that dominate United States government are the Republicans and the Democrats, however, it didn’t start out this way. The rise of any political party in the new country, The United States of America, started with ratifying the Constitution. The Federalists favored ratification whereas the Antifederalists opposed it. In 1789, the Federalists succeeded in ratifying the Constitution and members gained important roles in government under President George Washington.
They did this to “modify and address the failures of the Articles of Confederation” (Callahan 34). Although there were many weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation and they might not have provided the most effective form of government, the articles helped lay the foundation for the new government of America that we have today. The central government was too weak to govern, with no chief executive, no national court system, no power to regulate interstate commerce, no military, no national currency, and it was difficult to pass laws. According to Callahan, the Founding Fathers believed the Articles needed to be replaced by the U.S. Constitution because they needed the nation to function as one united country and not as thirteen small and unorganized nations. The Articles of Confederation was just a start to what made our nation how it is
How America became a great nation from 1763 to 1815 In a broad sense America was a revolutionary force from the day of its discovery by Europeans. The American Revolution was the political disturbance during the last half of the 18th century in which the thirteen colonies in North America joined together to free from the British Empire, to become the United States of America. Mainly two ideas had taken root in the minds of the American by the mid of eighteenth century; one was what historians called it republicanism and the second idea that shaped American political thought was derived from a group of British political commentators was known as the radical Whigs. The war between the Europeans and American may have lasted for eight years,
Paine was the first to articulate political injustice in a way that was relatable. In todays over exposed culture, a written manifesto like Common Sense probably couldn’t carry such an impact as it would be one of many. Modern America is so divided by the two political parties. Sensationalized media further segregates Americans from Paine’s view of democracy. Paine explains the British had too much power and with power comes corruption.