Political Beliefs Of Alexander Hamilton Vs. Thomas Jefferson

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Alexander Hamilton vs. Thomas Jefferson
Democracy is defined as, “A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections” (Merriam-Webster). This means that the basis for American government is a firm belief in the common people that they have the knowledge and power to choose leaders to guide the government in the right direction. In the 1790s there was a monumental political debate over whether the constitution should be ratified and if in needed a bill of rights, and at the center of the debate was Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. While they both believed democracy was the best form of government for the new nation, both men had very different ideas about how to shape the government and its entities. Thomas Jefferson is the better spokesperson a democratic government because of his political beliefs and inherent belief in human reason, a conviction that is not held by Alexander Hamilton.
Thomas Jefferson was a enthusiastic supporter of American democracy through his support for the anti-federalist and belief that the citizens had the capacity to choose a leader. Jefferson’s party, the anti-federalists, would only endorse the constitution if there was also a bill of rights written. They wanted to protect civil liberties of the everyday farmer. This proves Jefferson’s support of democracy because he is trying to protect the
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