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The Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans held opposing views on many issues The Federalists who included Hamilton and Adams and the Republicans who included Jefferson and Madison had contrasting ideas and beliefs Four of these issues were their idea of who should rule the government the power of the government national debt and banks The Federalists believed that rule should be by the best people however the Republicans disagreed The Federalists supported a strong central government while the Republicans favored more state power The Federalists accepted a national debt as a blessing while the Republicans opposed it Finally the Federalists supported a strong central bank and the Republicans favored state banks only The Federalists believed that the country should be ruled by the best people They felt that only the wealthy should have power in government because they did not trust the common people fearing that they were too impressionable The Republicans however felt that rule should be by well-informed agrarian masses allotting no special privileges to particular classes The Republicans enforced rule by the people although this idea extended only to men who were literate informed and willing to work for a better America These opposing views were one of many held by the two parties Power of the government was another issue that concerned the parties The Federalists supported a powerful central government featuring a strong executive This led to George Washingtons office as the nations first president The Republicans on the other hand favored a weaker central government where states had more power because they felt that the best government was one that governed the least The Republicans supported state power in order to prevent a dictatorship from arising Also they believed that giving states more power would generate a better relationship between the people and the government allowing them to keep a closer watch on their public servants The parties also differed in their views of a national debt The
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