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Back in the 1780s when the constitution was still being written there were no Democrats or Republicans the political groups that were most present were the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists These two groups eventually formed into the political groups of today with their ideas changed Basically the Anti-Federalists believed that the idea of a Representative Government wouldnt work in a large scale they said that it could only work in small communities where the people all held similar beliefs and interests The Federalists on the other hand thought that there should be a very strong National Government located far from its citizens As you can see these two groups have very differentiated opinions In this essay I will discuss some of the views that they had on different political and social issues In the era of today the Federalists and Anti-federalists are virtually non-existent The two groups that are prevalent today are the Republicans and Democrats These two groups formed partly from the Federalists and Anti-Federalists The Republican party of today is very much like the Anti-Federalists of the 1780s They believe very strictly in the basic principles of the Constitution They believe that the individual rights of people should be protected as outlined in the Bill of Rights They believe that they must retain those principles that are worth retaining while still being receptive to new ideas They also believe that the proper government function is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cant be done as well by an individual and that the most effective for of government is one that is closest to the people To basically put it the Democrats were in favor of a very powerful national government They thought that the government should be very controlling of peoples lives and that that was the only way to successfully run a country As I have stated earlier I am going to
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