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Summary In one of the few articles written by John Jay the author begins by stating two facts of political life some form of government is necessary in a society and all forms of government must be granted sufficient power to regulate conflict and administer the laws The people grant these powers For Jay any establishment of government implies that the people grant certain government certain rights that they formerly reserved to only themselves Given this background the American people must decide what form of government will best protect their safety and interests The choice before them is between uniting under one national government and becoming separate states clearly Jay believes the first is the better option Jay continues that there is no longer a common consensus that Americas prosperity depends on being firmly united At the time of writing some politicians with increasing amount of supporters argued that the country should not have a central government instead existing as separate sovereign states Jays aim is to answer this argument First he contends that the country is already united in several natural ways The geography of the beautiful land suggests that we remain a united people because navigable streams and rivers a fact that encourages transportation and trade and connects the states More importantly he argues that the people worship the same God come from the same land speak the same language have similar manners and customs and believe in the same principles of government For Jay however the recently fought successful Revolutionary War was the main reason to stay united When the decision was made to form a national government the states were in a period of crises Jay eloquently describes the houses burning the citizens bleeding which meant that by necessity the government was hastily formed That Articles of Confederation no longer meet the needs of the new country given the circumstances surrounding its inception is not surprising Jay believes that the
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