The Irreconcilable Donkeys And Elephants Essay

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The amber waves of grain sway in the wind. Majestic purple mountains rise like waves in the distance. The air is peaceful. The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution were the calm before the storm. Since the nineteenth century the two main political parties have been represented by the wrinkled elephant, and the furry donkey. Since the brawl began, it has never ceased. Is it a fight worth fighting? The elephants trunk crashes on the ass’s disproportionate head. With a kick, the donkey springs backwards as the large beast crumples in agony. If I lived in the 1800s, near or far from the amber waves of grain, I would be neither a Republican or a Federalist. The Republicans and Federalists have too conflictual objectives to make peace. The ring of peace is a crucial goal for democracy. The bell of peace and liberty has ceased to ring, therefore I refuse to commit myself to a Federalist or Republican party. The battle will rage eternally.

On September 17, 1787, when the Constitution was adopted immediately strife arose. The Republicans and Federalists disagreed about what power the Constitution should have, and how to interpret it. Alexander Hamilton believed in a strong federal government, he was a Federalist. Controversially, Thomas Jefferson, a Republican, demanded a small local government. In this scenario, I regard both varieties of government strength being equally necessary. Jefferson had a narrow interpretation the Constitution, and Hamilton interpreted with a broad meaning of every word. He argued that the Constitution created a government to solve national problems. Although, he only wanted to give power to federal government. (Center for Civic Education.)

The Republicans and Federalists views clashed on how much control the government should obtain. The fighting in America led away from progress. For example their ideas contradicted each other on having a government bank. Hamilton, being a Federalist advocated for the plan to create a government bank. Gold and silver was scarce in America. His beliefs were that a government bank was needed so that government could run smoothly. He also reckoned that bank taxes, loans, and paper money was crucial in a new country. According to The Center for Civic Education, Alexander Hamilton thought a government bank would help regulating trade and tax collection. He also wanted to create a strong currency to strengthen the economy, and to solve the vast war debts. Thomas Jefferson on the other hand, longed to limit government to it's written powers. He spoke saying, “What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?"(The Daily Bail.) He speculated that creating a bank wasn't "necessary," therefore government shouldn't do it. This is just one example of how the quarrels between Federalist...

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