Project 1

Project 1

Published on 9 June 2022
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Transcript
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Political Party Project
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Greta Clark
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I chose Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State and the 3rd U.S. president. His party was the Democrat Republicans. The party was founded by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the early 1790's. It opposed the centralizing policies of Alexander Hamilton.
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The Democratic Republican's main goals were republicanism, agrarianism, political equality, and expansionism. They thought that too much emphasis on commerce would lead to a society sharply divided between the rich, who owned everything, and the poor, who worked for wages. Agriculture was favored over commerce and rights of the states were more important than the power of the federal government.
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Washington chose both Hamilton and Jefferson as his advisors because he wanted to set a good example by appointing the best people to his administration for treasury and secretary of state. They were both experts at what they did.
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Hamilton and Jefferson's differences helped Washington's presidency by his creation of his farewell address. Their avid  disagreements in how to rule a country showed how potentially dangerous the creation of political parties would be, not only for future administrations but also for the nation as a whole.
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Washington did not want political parties in our nation because political factions may seek to obstruct the execution of the laws created by the government and to prevent the branches of government from exercising the powers provided by the constitution only for political bias. It would divide our nation's people.
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The Democrat Republicans can be comparable to the Republicans of today, despite the descendant of the Democrat Republicans being the original democratic party. Similarities: - Both parties do not like big government control and believe in classical liberalism, such as the free market - Both parties believed in Republicanism
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Differences: - The Democrat Republicans were anti-clerical, whereas Republicans believe in Christian foundation and traditions - The Democrat Republicans favored populism and the farmer/working man, and although most voters of today's Republican party is the working man, the Republican agenda is anti- working class
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The original political parties, the Federalists and the Democrat Republicans, helped create our nation as it is now by showing that there are differences between people's ideals and they started the division of the country upon those ideals.
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Some examples of division due to political parties are...
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I believe that political parties create division in our country and this has been occurring throughout our Country's History. 
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1. The Civil War It was due to differences of ideals on popular sovereignty, or the idea that states should choose whether their state was a free or slave state. The division was between Democrats and  Republicans.
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2. The Populist/Free Silver Movement Division was created between the Populists and the other political parties, the Democrats and Republicans. The issue was because farmers wanted money to be backed by gold and silver in order to ease farmers' debts and inflate prices farmers received for their crops.
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3. The 2021 Attack on the Capitol Building This was a division between the Democrats and Republicans. Supporters of Trump, mainly Republicans, had stormed the Capitol in order to try to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election against Biden. 
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4. The Overturning of Roe v. Wade This is a division between the conservative Republicans and the more progressive Democrats. It's an issue about whether abortion should be banned and has created a lot of  conflict between people.
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5. The Bipartisan Polarization in Our Congress The conflict between our two parties today has  caused deep antipathy to the point where some laws cannot be passed because of disagreement in Congress.