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The two great leaders of America Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton helped America to be shaped the way it is now They were however on exact opposites in their thoughts of how the people should be governed Much like today the political parties of early America had different beliefs And if Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were alive in the present day Jefferson would be a Democrat and Hamilton would be a Republican Jefferson a strict constructionist contributed much to his country during his presidency even though he had to go against his belief to make a decision He believed in having an agrarian economy which if it was completely agrarian we would never have had the industrial revolution Also Thomas Jefferson believed in a small central government he believed that the power should be given to the states If he held those same beliefs in the present day he would line up almost perfectly with the Democratic Party Just as Jefferson wanted a weak central government with little intervention the Democratic Party believes that the government should respect and protect individual rights and freedoms Even though he was a deist and believed in God but was not religious he made an effort to separate the church from the state because he believed that the matters of the church and the matters of the state are not to be mixed supporting his statement with the first amendment Democrats also believe that the affairs of the church and state are to be separate but are free to believe whatever you want Hamilton on the other hand was a loose constructionist with a belief that people should be governed with a strong central government His belief of imitating Britain to maintain the government is much like the present day where we believe that handling money is important Some even see the Federalist Party as a successor to the Republican Party John Adams and Alexander Hamilton were the
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