Thomas Jefferson and Philosophical Consistency

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Manuel Vazquez 11/8/09 US History 11-3 Thomas Jefferson and Philosophical Consistency Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were constantly at odds after the formation of the new constitution over how the government should be run. Alexander Hamilton argued that the new constitution should be loosely interpreted, and thus that the federal branch of the government should be strongest. Jefferson, on the other hand, believed that the constitution should be strictly observed and enforced, and thus it should be the state, not the federal government, who should have the most power. This fundamental difference in beliefs would create a political rift, and thus the Democratic-Republican Party Jefferson’s ideology – and the Federalist Party Hamilton’s ideology – would be formed. The US government would be initially governed by Federalists. However, when Jefferson, and then Madison, became president, the change in the style of government in the long run was minimal. Even though Jefferson and Madison, two Republicans, held the presidency from 1801-1809 and then from 1809 to 1817 (respectively), the way that the government operated became more and more Federalist as time passed, not as much due to a change of heart as to the requirements for the continued operation of the nation. Both presidents found as their time in office passed that, in
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