Struggles of Emerging America

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George Washington once said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master,” (“George Washington Quotes”). This is true, government is not reason, since no one actually knows what is “right” versus what is “wrong,” it is just a matter of opinion. The government holding the power of so many lives can be dangerous; the government is definitely a force. This force is made of ideas that make up the government power in nations, including the United States, against the struggles countries face everyday. This “force” or “drive” for what was “right” in early United States is what helped the United States become the strong nation it is today. Despite gaining independence from…show more content…
The emerging United States was almost destroyed by Shays’ rebellion because when civilians rebelled, the nation had no centralized government to control such an outbreak of rebellion, and if this behavior continued, or more outbreaks occurred, the country would be in turmoil (Moschella, “Shay’s Rebellion”). Another obstacle that emerged after the downfall of the Articles of Confederation was the recreation of the government’s structure was the uncertainty over how the centralized government should be devised. The United States needed to actually become a united front and have a centralized federal government. All states except Rhode Island agreed with this idea. The reason Rhode Island did not agree was because its people enjoyed having all the power in their state, where Rhode Island was equally represented along with the other states, and not with lesser power because it is a smaller state. Whereas the other states were in agreement and felt a centralized government could be beneficial for the developing nation. This involved arguments over whether or not the majority of power should remain with the states or should transfer to the centralized federal government. This also meant figuring out how the U.S. government should be divided; which branches of government were needed to create a fair democracy, and how to make sure no branch was more powerful and impactful than the others. If the power was imbalanced, the nation would face
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