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Hamiltonian vs Jeffersonian Concept of the United States Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson both had concepts that were accurate towards the long-range view of the United States But it seems that Jeffersonian or Anti-Federalists concepts of the United States is the one that lasted in the long run even though some of the Hamiltonian ideas stayed intact Jefferson believed in rule by the informed masses Basically he believed in having a democracy which is what we have today but it is a republic democracy All of the citizens of the United States are represented by elected officials Jefferson also thought that universal education voting was open to the masses but universal education came before universal voting Today everyone in the US has the right to and education and citizens are allowed to vote at the age of 18 Jefferson was in favor of having strong relations with the French This helped the US out in the long-term because the acquisition of the Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition of the richest river valley in the world It increased the size of our country and a lot of out economy today is from that area Also Jefferson believed in freedom of speech and press Today many people use that 1st amendment right to voice their opinions on certain matters Freedom of speech has also caused many changes in our laws in the US The US now has also had some concepts by Hamiltonians or Federalists Hamilton believed that political power should go to the federal government The federal government has the power to propose and make laws and also to enforce the constitution Hamilton also believed in a strong navy We have a strong navy as well as an army to protect us from some foreign affairs and to protect shipping and commerce Hamilton proposed that there should be tariffs on certain things Many things in the US have a tax on it these
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