The Pros And Cons Of The Federalists

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Under the guidance of Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, Federalists became a popular political party at the end of George Washington’s term. As a proud Federalists in the United States under Washington, a numerous amount of hypocrisy has consumed the population on, “What were Federalists’ views?” A Federalist strongly believed in the power of the national/central government because it would have yielded stability to the country. Instead of a democracy or popular sovereignty, an “aristocratic leader,” would have best led the nation (History in the Making- Chapter 10). Therefore, the Constitution was strongly supported by us. With this “manual” written by highly educated, upper-class men, the Constitution was a governing document that…show more content…
Our economic outlook included the creation of a national bank to monitor the state bank, to create paper money, and to regulate the expenses of national taxes. Also, we believed in the importance of foreign trade to stimulate growth within the economy, hence, the creation of, “protective tariff or import tax” (History in the Making- Chapter 10). Also, under the leadership of Adams, we believed that additional money should have been relinquished to the navy for improved trade and the French conflict. However, “High Federalists,” under the instruction of Hamilton concluded that money should have been given to the army to decrease domestic rebellions (History in the Making- Chapter 10). With a relationship to France from the French Revolution, the relationship soon changed from attachment to division. As the execution of King Louis XVI prompted the Reign of Terror, Federalists believed that the French fought immorally and corruptly. Therefore, we believed that any encouragement to the French would have demolished America because the revolution became anarchy. Once the French sparked war with Great Britain, the Americans had a commitment, under the Treaty of Alliance, to aid the French in the…show more content…
The document consisted of acts/ laws that, if violated by citizens; they would have suffered consequences. For example, the document proclaimed that if, “any person shall write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States” (Sedition Act), would have been convicted, punished, and imprisoned. Our fellow opponents, the Republicans, stated that with this law, we eliminated freedom of speech and press that was granted by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. That was quite incorrect. This was a necessary precaution for the prosperity and stability of our nation. The Alien Act declared that if war sparked between the United States and another country, the President had the authority to announce the war. However, one important aspect of our Acts comprised of the nature of immigrants. We firmly believed that at times of war, all foreign males fourteen years old and older, who were not citizens of the United States, would have been removed as “alien enemies” (Alien Acts). This was necessary for the protection of our country and the success of our
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