Our Founding Fathers Affect on the Past, Present, and Future Essay

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In the beginning, the nation’s Founders were profoundly skeptical of direct democracy. They believed that the “follies” of direct democracy far outweighed any virtues it might possess (Politics in American pg. 76). According to an essay by Rose Wilder Lane (Lane, 1943), “George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe feared democracy.” The founders believed that the Constitution left all other governmental powers to the states (Politics in American 2009 pg. 133). Our Founding Fathers never intended for America to become a democracy. Most of them had served in the American Revolution, either as soldiers in the Continental Army or as part of a legislative body. After the Revolutionary …show more content…
Essentially, the new constitution was written to protect the people from a democracy. The Founding Fathers had learned from the past that a democracy was a form of lawless mob rule. They saw that the ancient Greeks tried a true democracy that had failed and led to chaos. A true democracy would not run efficiently or properly. The Founding Fathers saw our Government as a Republic (McManus 2001). They were realists who believed in limited government and low taxes. Their ideal was to build a unique structure of government to put into action their beliefs in nationalism, limited government, and separation of powers with check and balances, and judicial reviews. The Founding Fathers wanted to generate a strong government while ensuring that the government would not become a threat to liberty or property. It was also decided that the legislative branch should consist of two houses. So a new constitution was drawn up and once ratified, the process of organizing a new government began. On September 13, 1788, Congress determined that the city of New York should be the seat of the new government. The capital was moved to Philadelphia in 1790 and to Washington D.C. in the year 1800 where it remains today (Lawler 2010). The process for the creation of the new government continued when George Washington was unanimously elected the first president, and John Adams of Massachusetts, the vice president.

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