Political Approach Toward Governing The Young United States Essay

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I am persuaded that the Federalist [Hamiltonian] political approach toward governing the young United States had stronger ideas versus the Republican [Jeffersonian] position, which lacked in forward thinking, suppressed free marketing and trade, sought to reduce the national army, and yet supported virtue of the common people. The American Revolution caused high war-debt issues, requiring immediate and effective attention, which in my opinion demanded a strong centralized government. Hamilton’s group, the Federalists, were made up of mostly educated bankers, merchants, and manufactures with some wealthy plantation owners interested in securing the future of the Union by force of “big government”. They believed that government control should be in the hands of the elite and wealthy, that there should be a National Bank, and the establishment of public credit, saying it was authorized by the constitution as “necessary and proper”. Hamilton wrote, “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself”, meaning to have government is to first establish the order of its control, gaining control over the economy in order to have stability. Hamilton’s vision was to establish a means by which to effectively prosper the States, taking from a tried and true English system of government to form more independence and…

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