Thomas Jefferson was a part of the Democratic Republican Party.
He was an American Founding Father, an author of the
Declaration of Independence (1776), and the third president of
America (1801-1809). The Democratic Republican Party was one
of the first two main political parties in US history. Jefferson
and his friends were dissatisfied with the government, so they
created this party. This party feared a strong national
government and believed the Constitution was a strict document
and limited federal powers.
The Democratic and Republican party sought to
ensure keeping the economy based on agriculture
and the US should serve as the agricultural provider
for other countries. They sought to produce a surplus
to sell the excess crops overseas and use the money
to buy Europeans manufactured goods. The
Democratic and Republican party also wanted all
American families to own their own farm. Jefferson
presumed the working class could put aside their own
gain for the public good if they owned property, which
would feed and house their families.
Washington thought political parties were
dangerous. The dislike between each party and
their ideas created tension/hardships. Washington
saw the potential for danger in the nation. In
modern days, the Democrat party decreased
spending on military issues, social and human ideas:
based on community/social responsibility, born out of
antifederalist ideas, progressive stance on taxes:
high income earners should be taxed higher, and
supported universal healthcare; it is also blue. The
Republican party believed taxes shouldn’t be
increased for anyone, decreased spending on
military issues, favored a flat tax (same tax rate
no matter income), healthcare policy: private
companies provided healthcare services more
efficiently, against undocumented immigrants; color
red. The modern parties both have different social
and economic views like the original parties. They
helped create our nation
and provide different ideas.
Political parties create more tension and divide our nation more than it is. The difference
in political parties is getting out of hand and creating tenseness between our communities
just as Washington feared. First, the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis
MN caused worldwide civil rights protests; some against police brutality, police racism.
This created the saying BLM or black lives matter supported by mostly Democrats.
Republicans support all lives matter, so the dispute between the two has been an ongoing
issue ever since. Secondly, there have been many divisions on whether abortion should be
legal in the United States. Most Democrats say abortion should be legal, however most
Republicans are in favor of making abortion illegal. Americans ideas about women’s bodies,
reproduction, and feminist politics have changed and now became a debate between the
political parties. Lastly, gun violence is currently another ongoing issue between political
parties. Democrats are in favor of more gun restrictions regardless of where one lives
and Republicans believe government regulation of firearms is unconstitutional. These
current issues created a barrier among Americans causing violence and hatred towards
With Jefferson secretary of state and Hamilton secretary of treasury,
Washington chose them to be his advisors because of their differences
in opinions. He made his first appointments based on rational process
and looked for American values him and the other Founding Fathers
created. He felt as though his “team” would harmonize well together.
Hamilton believed that the federal government should hold power in
order to steer the country. Meanwhile Jefferson placed his trust in the
people (Democratic). Hamilton's economic plan was to create a
national bank and maintain public credit; enacting protective tariffs
to encourage American manufacturing. These measures strengthened
the federal government. Jefferson opposed those reforms and feared
the bank would represent too much power from English influence.
Jefferson argued the Constitution didn’t give enough power to
congress to establish this bank. Although Hamilton and Jefferson had
complete opposite views, it balanced out Washington's ideas.