Differences Between Hamilton And Thomas Jefferson

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Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson had fundamentally different opinions on how the United States should be constructed and governed. Hamilton believed the elite should hold great power and that the federal government should be exceptionally strong. However, Jefferson believed that the common man should rule the country and that the state governments should hold most of the powers. Both men had a strong impact on America today, yet one more than the other. Without one of the men, America would not be the only world superpower, an industrial giant, and the world’s watchdog for freedom. That man is Alexander Hamilton, and I believe that his policies helped the United States the most. Though Thomas Jefferson had some excellent points, I side with Hamilton on many key issues, such as the decisions he made as the Secretary of the Treasury, his support of a strong central government, and his reasoning for loose constructionism. One of the most controversial items that make people ignore Hamilton as a reasonable politician was one of the smartest actions that any of the Founders made at the …show more content…
While Thomas Jefferson believed in a strict adherence to the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton believed that the document was meant to bend when something was deemed necessary for the public good. Even though he previously spoke against it, Jefferson bent the rules of the Constitution for things he thought were right, which proves how it is sometimes vital for the government to tasks outside their explicit powers. Without Hamilton’s view on a loose interpretation on the Constitution, there would be no uniform national currency, as it was not stated in the document. Hamilton advocated for the Constitution, but knew that it was something that was not perfect, so when problems arise strict adherence to it was not entirely

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