A Stable, Legitimate Government
A true democracy promotes liberty and equality in which every citizen has a vote.
Democracy, in its purest form, is a government created by and for the people. Democracy looks
to ensure basic human rights and equality before the law. Unlike other governments, such as
monarchies, which give power primarily to the rich aristocrats, democracy provides every citizen
with an influence towards their government regardless of their place and status in society.
Federalist, however, with their knowledge of previous attempts of democracy in history, realized
the problem of a pure democracy. The Federalists, as well as the founding fathers, created a
Constitution that would make the United States a republic full of representatives to protect
minority rights and provide checks and balances.
In response to the critics of the Constitution,
Federalists Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote The Federalist Papers
eighty-five essays advocating the ratification of the Constitution, in order to illuminate the
benefits of the new Constitution and described how it established a stable, legitimate government
that protected every citizen’s rights. Knowing that a national government was needed to help
build a successful economy while also providing security against external and internal
aggression, Federalists, through their essays, described how the Constitution was not only the
best liberal constitution ever created, but that it also created a system of government that
protected minority rights, as well as preventing an illegitimate power from usurping the
government from the people. Federalist argued that, because political power and factions were so
divided, the new Constitution provided America with a stable and authoritative government.