Alexander Hamilton: Shared Power In The United States

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Federalism Research Paper During the year 1796, I would rather be a Federalist rather than a Republican. Federalism was created based on the idea of having shared power in the government as opposed to having one person or group having all the power. Exactly 20 years before this year, the Declaration of Independence was signed marking the United State’s freedom from Great Britain (The Declaration of Independence, 1776). Responding to King George III, the founders divided up the power between the federal and state governments (The Founders and Federalism). As Alexander Hamilton said, “Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable - even to observe neutrality, you must have a strong government” (Alexander Hamilton Quotes). This quote shows how having a respectable government is extremely important, and having the government divided is the best way to do this. I personally believe that rather having a complete monarchy, dividing up the power is the smartest way of running the government. …show more content…

Federalists were known to support “loose construction” of the constitution which is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “A broad interpretation of a statute or document by a court.” Federalists believe that when making decisions in a court or when writing laws, they should be only based on the constitution rather than following the words of the constitution strictly. Due to the fact that the Constitution was signed in 1787, it would not be realistic years later to continue to completely and solely follow the constitution word by word because of our ever changing society and the Federalists realized this. I personally find that the Federalists were more realistic when choosing what to and not to

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