Alien Sedition Dbq

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The Republican’s philosophy was as if they were staring through a looking-glass perceiving the Federalists polices as their attempt to lay the foundation of a monarchical government. From my point of view, when taking into consideration on how our government is structured, provided by a system of checks and balances as well as two political parties all assist in having an alliance alternatively to division. Additionally this suppresses the loyalty on extreme stances which help to accommodate in the compromise on any conflicting points of view. During George Washington’s presidency, some of the national leaders began to have conflicting philosophical principles about how the government needed to conduct its business. It caused some members…show more content…
These laws were passed as a means to provide the president with unilateral power to have immigrants imprisoned or deported by claiming they were a threat to our nation’s security and had committed crimes against the federal government. In the Alien Act it states that “it shall be lawful for the President of the United States at any time during the continuance of this act, to order all such aliens as he shall judge dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States, or shall have reasonable grounds to suspect are concerned in any treasonable or secret machinations against the government thereof, to depart out of the territory of the United States” (U.S. Stat. 2). This caused further division and conflict between the Federalist and the Republicans when it pertained to the Constitution. Many Americans as well as Republicans felt it conflicted with the Constitution and encroached on the states’ rights which were seen as being unconstitutional. Jefferson once again disproved of their ideas and by passing the sedition acts into law, an assault on the 10th amendment. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 to protest against The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. They asked the people of the states to reject the national government because it was viewed as acting on implied powers, which were once again leading them back to a sovereign government. The foundations as well as principles that America was founded on were being disgracefully misconstrued. In the documents of the Virginia resolutions it they emphasis “as to destroy the meaning and effect of the particular enumeration which necessarily explains and limits the general phrases; and so as to consolidate the States, by degrees, into one sovereignty, the obvious tendency and inevitable consequence of which would be to
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