The words spoken by man have the power to shape and ratify everything in its path.
These following questions will do just that. Is not the strengthening of our federal government essential to the maintaining of a stable bureaucracy? Must we forego the strong fundamental structure that will ensure that every man will benefit immensely from a nation governed by those of the utmost intelligence and experience? We as a nation must procure a stance that will enforce and implement the necessary laws by any means possible. This can only be obtained only if all parties are on one accord with an understanding that the rights of the people and their protection are our government’s’ only concern. The strong structure of a government can only promote strong commercial growth and prosperity. The Anti-Federalist, who oppose the government’s full induction and running of the lives and functioning of each state, desiring to create a framework that will eventually promote discord on a potentially catastrophic level. They believe the Constitution only supports the wealthy; that it suppresses liberty and the rights of man, those words hold no truths. As stated by our comrade Alexander Hamilton, “Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint”.
The Federalist Party was one of the first two political parties to form in the United States history. The Federalist name was applied to the group that favored ratification of the Constitution. Their members favored a strong central government which supported a more consolidated government rather than a loose “confederation” of semi-sovereign states. Once the Constitution was ratified “Federalist” came to be applied also for the members of the Washington Administration. The Federalists would have an advantage over the Anti-Federalists as they drew their numbers from the wealthy, propertied class, and some laborers who were skilled craftsmen such as shipbuilders and dockworkers. The Federalists also had leaders with familiar faces such as Madison and Franklin. George Washington never joined a political party but his decisions usually favored the Federalist Party. After the ratification of the Constitution the Anti-Federalists formed into a new party called the Democratic-Republicans eventually shortened to just Republicans.
Many of the Republicans were ones that had opposed the ratification of the Constitution. Members such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison that originally supported the Constitution switched to the Republicans fearing the federal government might gain too much power.The fact that they were Federalists did not mean they wanted government to be so powerful that it stole away people’s rights. This was quite the contrary they wanted just enough to sufficiently hold itself together. The Articles of Federation in 1781 had proven to be too weak and powerless as it was not able to even perform its basic functions. These articles only had authority to ask, but no authority to require participation in anything it asked for. This made it very hard on General George Washington to have supplies to fight a war. So naturally the Federalists had a great concern about having sufficient leverage with the states to be able to succeed.
The Federalist Party existed for less than half of a century helping to define the new nation. A division occurred within the Federalist Party during the War of 1812 leading to its demise. The death of Alexander Hamilton in 1804 killed the one Federalist leader who had youth, national stature, and significant popular support.
This was the first and last year the Federalists and Democratic Republicans contested every state in the congressional elections. The Federalist never again held power at the national level after 1800. Though they may have lost many political battles, the Federalists probably won the war, for their vision of a cosmopolitan and industrialized America eventually came true. Conflicting worldviews between the Federalists and Anti-federalists is one of the primary causes that led to the debate over the new Constitution. As with all good debates each side held true to their beliefs in hopes to persuade the other side. The Federalists held strong to the belief that government “would ensure commercial growth and international prestige” whereas the Anti-Federalists believed that government would take away their freedom. This ideology is fitting, as the Federalists were known to live in coastal areas where industrialism was high, and the Anti-Federalists lived on places such as farms where they were greatly affected by industrialism.
On September 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed into law, it was a means to organize and set the standard of government. The Federalist group wanted stronger government that not only would influence the states but also gives them a blueprint to follow. It provides a checks and balance system that gives its citizens a voice. The Constitution also protected its citizens by outlining their rights and responsibilities.
This allows the government to tax its citizens so all debts were paid on time to advance the country’s interests. Another often overlooked benefit of the Constitution is that it is a living document that can be changed and amended if needed. It serves as a balance between the three branches Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Without these very important details America would not be the country it has become today.Anti-Federalist belief that the new Constitution would eventually lead to the dissolution of the state governments, the consolidation of the Union into “one great republic” under an unchecked national government, and as a result the loss of free, self-government; the Federalists believed that there would be a balanced power between states and the national government. Each state would have two representatives acting on behalf of the state’s best interest. In addition the Federalists believed in separation of powers and the system of checks and balances to protect Americans from tyranny of a centralized authority, and the separation of powers into three independent branches. Finally, Federalists countered that it was precisely a large nation, in conjunction with a well-constructed system of government, which would help to counter the immoral affections of popular governments.
In turn this is transforming American society.The Revolutionary War played a crucial role in the development of the U.S. Constitution. The Federalists realized there was a need for a central government that could more effectively defend against a foreign force. The Federalists sought to improve many of the deficiencies of the Confederation through the establishment and ratification of the United States Constitution of America. The Federalists believed the Confederation was insufficient in preserving the Union. The Federalists strongly believed that “…a cordial Union, under an efficient national government” provided them “the best security that can be devised against HOSTILITIES from abroad”.
Other concerns consisted of possible dissention between the states, possible domestic factions and insurrections. The Federalists sought the unity a central government would provide. They believed that a central government would allow for the enforcement of laws, a common currency, a stronger military, and provide more posterity for the commonwealth. “The present confederation, feeble as it is intended to repose in the United States, an unlimited power of providing for the pecuniary wants of the Union.
Creating the Constitution took hours of discussion, debate, and with the eventual compromise, the birth of the Constitution. This sprang on the disapproval of some delegates. Those who did not approve were of the Anti-Federalist group. The Anti-Federalist group did not want to ratify the Constitution, and they felt as though it gave too much power to the national government at the expense of the state governments, there were no Bill of Rights, the maintaining of the Army during the time of peace, the power wielded by Congress, and harsh control of the Executive Branch. While all of which could be seen as valuable points, the Federalists had a solution to the problems addressed by the Anti-Federalists. The Anti-Federalists disapproval of the ratification was answered by the Federalists. The separation of the branches was not to entitle one or other with more or less power; no, instead they were built independently to offer full protection to the people and their rights.
Each branch is created to signify a different element of the people. The design of the three branches is to show that each of the three branches are equal, no branch is higher than the other, therefore none of the three groups can take control over the others. They should all work as a unit. The Anti-federalists complain that with the new ratification, there is no Bill of Rights, but the Federalists prove that with a list of rights, this can lead to circumstances which could be hazardous. If the government utilized and stuck to the rights listed in a Bill of Rights, those that were not listed were at risk of being breached as opposed to those that were not a part of the list.
This is a situation that should not be treaded lightly, so rather than create a list with all of the rights listed, it was best decided that to the benefit of the American people, there should not be a list of rights. The Federalist influence will be recognized by all people as America becomes a united Union. Each state will be joined at the hip by a centralized government that will maintain protection and freedom for its entire people. Even though it seems ridiculous to list people’s individual rights, a set of general rights will be established under the label of the Bill of Rights. These rights will be set forth to help guide the Constitution in clarifying rights and freedoms of the people through a national republic which ensures freedom from solitary rule. A system of checks and balances must be put in place so to prevent the government from operating as a single controlling government which lords over the people but instead operates as three independent systems for the common good of the nation. Within this government system, there should be a central banking system by which a financial establishment is made to allow for one national money system. By doing so, the nation will be lead forth and will thus simplify the union of commerce and trade.
While the states will serve their own people, they will operate in a slightly less powerful way, maintaining allegiance to a central government power to remain united for the good of the Union. Democracy will be the glue which binds the country and its people together so as to have a stronger nation. The Federalist movement which uses a national government to bring order, stability, and unity to a complex world market will allow the nation not only to make a name for it but also to stand strong in the face of the other nations of the world.
This will help unite and organize a nation in which the people of this nation will no longer be looked down upon as the underdog but will be looked up to as a superpower in the eyes of other countries and thus protecting the rights and freedoms of its people.The ratification of the Constitution and the bill rights would not be here if the Federalist did not stand firm on their decision. This would have been disastrous for the United States. We would have been no better off than before the Revolutionary War. Our government that stands today is a role model to many other countries.
The Federalists gave us the three branches of the government, the checks and balances so that the government could never have absolute power and the bill of rights which gives us our freedom. In a humorous quote from one of our Federalist leaders; “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. The citizens of the United States should be grateful for the Federalist.