Partisan Politics During The Declaration Of Independence

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Partisan politics in America surfaced after the Declaration of Independence was signed and the debate over the path the country was going to take began. Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury and loose interpreter of the Constitution, wanted the United States to be a pioneer of world trade and a manufacturing hub. Whereas, Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President and strict interpreter of the Constitution, was used to a rural America and saw no reason to fraternize on an international level. In order to maintain world power status as Hamilton desired, a stronger, larger central government is required than that of a mainly agrarian economy. That is why the Federalists wished to loosely abide by the Constitution; they wanted a stronger country by means that were unconstitutional by stating that the powers explicitly designated to the Federal Government could be broadly interpreted. Jefferson, James Madison, and other Republicans, of course did not want anything not set forth by our founding fathers to take place. The reason why Jefferson believed in this role of government was because America finally just declared their independence and Federalists were attempting to construct another Great Britain. After all, did Americans not just evade from an authority who made up rules as they saw fit? The Necessary and Proper Clause in the United States Constitution states that Congress should have the power to make laws that are necessary and proper to carry out
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