Behind the Scenes: Jefferson’s Presidency

The Jeffersonian Republicans are typically considered to be stringent constructionists.The Federalists usually were considered to favor the broad constructionism.This is often just a stereotype, especially when the presidencies of our great, but misleading, Presidents Jefferson and Madison. The Jeffersonian Republicans, to only a small extent, represented what the party truly stood for, and the Federalists also to a small margin swayed from their party’s ideas.

The Republicans often stood for the idea of a weaker central government, not giving too much power to one man.

This principle was sometimes overlooked by Jefferson.;…mine tells me that the civil powers alone have been given to the President of the U.S.; (DOC A).Another policy that the Republicans deeply believed in, but Jefferson did not follow in his presidency, was strict constructionism.;…laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind…institutions must advance also and keep pace with the times.;(DOC G).Jefferson also was quite afraid of the Government and the constitution, which led to ;Jefferson;s Rebellion; (1800).

The Federalists were known for their desire for an all powerful central government, but sometimes the party members did not believe in this type of government.;…he will at any time be able to prove quite as clearly that congress has power to create a dictator.; (DOC D). Even at the Hartford Convention many Republican-resembling resolutions were accepted.;Congress shall not have power, without concurrence of two-thirds of both houses.;(DOC E).Madison also states, in his proposal for war, that the constitution was better due to its inflexibility.

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Also during the Hartford there were no propositions for a change in the Constitution which is not a good representative of Federalist ideals.

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