Thomas Jefferson Versus Alexander Hamilton.docx

The governments role would be to help these people

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financiers, and bankers. The government's role would be to help these people participate in the global marketplace. While Jefferson accepted some of the concepts of this philosophy, he was opposed to other elements. He never supported the idea of financiers. He regarded financiers as opportunists who exploited the hard labor of independent farmers. Jefferson firmly believed that the government should not help financiers but instead help the farmers against their parasitic tendencies. Jefferson believed that the best way to help these farmers
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3 would be to allow them to have access to real power. This would be through enabling them to address their concerns via their state governments instead of being controlled by a federal government. This was probably one of the earliest conceptions of the idea of devolved government. Jefferson and Hamilton differed in their views of who was to be allowed to govern in the name of the American people. Jefferson believed that the common people should be allowed to participate in the government. On the other hand, Hamilton was in favor of the educated class. This was probably one of the bases of democracy in America and across the globe. Following the conflicting views between Jefferson and Hamilton, a few things followed that were to change American politics for good. Before George Washington resigned from his presidential post, he warned that creating political factions would encourage despotism. Despite his clear warnings, his close aides, Jefferson and Hamilton led America to a dual party system. This was the beginning of the current political dispensation in America: The Democrats and Republicans. In May 1792, Jefferson expressed his concerns to the president regarding Hamilton's policies. He claimed that Hamilton's allies were a corrupt lot. He believed that Hamilton was determined to move the country from a republican structure to a monarchical system. At the same time, Hamilton expressed his concerns about Jefferson and his cohorts. He believed that Jefferson was determined to compromise the policies of the president and contribute to chaos in the country. By the time John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were running for the presidency in 1796, political factions in the country had been split between Federalists and Republicans. Hamilton supported the Federalist faction whereas Jefferson was for the republicans. By 1804, the introduction of these political factions necessitated the amendment of the constitution to allow both president and vice president tickets on ballot papers. By the end of the 18 th century, the Federalists took over the national government. The Republican Party
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4 became the opposition party that fought against federalist policies. Despite assurances by Jefferson during his inauguration as president, a promise that Americans were all republicans and federalists, these two factions had grown into political parties. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that Jefferson and Hamilton to some degree contributed to the dual party system that is witnessed in America today. However, the competition between the two also had some
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