The Anti-Federalist were also comprised of prominent men who ferociously supported the ideals of the Revolution and protecting liberty even though the Federalists would often accuse them of abandoning these principles. The debates at the Philadelphia Convention were rooted in principles deeply held by both groups. ... ... middle of paper ... ...only a small republic could produce the voluntary obedience of the people to submit to the authority of the new government and its laws. The Federalist believed a republic, in the truest sense, could not exist in a post commercial world. Anti-Federalists did see the need for a union between the states to provide a defense against foreign enemies, promote, and protect commerce, and maintain order between the states.
Much shorter, but just as equally influential, The Declaration of Independence was a famous document that was authored primarily by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson mentions how the colonies should be considered as equals with their English counterparts and why it is important for man to have freedom. Paine and Jefferson both want Americans to succeed, but they also have some notable differences in their documents. The Declaration of Independence called for the colonists to have the same rights as the British, and it was mainly directed for England to realize that Americans were united and serious about this cause. Common Sense’s goal was for the colonists to break apart from the British and start their own country with their own laws and rules, and was directed towards convincing the American people that rebelling against England was the right move.
These words, taken from the Declaration of Independence, are the most influential in our country’s political culture, even today. This document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Today, it is read and analyzed constantly in not just America, but all over the world as well. Granted, it was based on gaining Independence from the British Crown’s rule, but its contents still holds true even today. It gives strength to the “underdog” in society to know even his government believes he is created equal.
John Locke believed that human beings are subjected to a moral law. Thomas Jefferson was the man who wrote the Declaration Of Independence; the statement that freed the thirteen American colonies, which was all in thanks to John Locke’s theory (George 464-467). The Bill Of Rights, is the written contract that expresses how the colonist viewed the government; limiting the government’s power (George 464-467). The Bill Of Rights is critical in America’s government; it exhibits that the Founding Fathers understood: to have a wide range of freedom for the people, the federal government must limit their power. John Locke’s views were the start to America’s reputation, “Democracy was not created in a heartbeat (William “John Locke”); John Locke was the man who lead America into the idea of “self-government”.
The article was written in the early part of the American Revolution by the committee of the second continental congress, because of the wars with Great Britain and the experience they have had with them. They wanted to give the states as much independence as possible, and this independence greatly limited the power of the federal government. The articles helped the struggling states in the process and exercise of self-government. During the articles, the national government consisted of a single house of congress. There was no judicial branch of government, only authority to mediate.
“The founders who crafted our Constitution and Bill of Rights were careful to draft a constitution of limited powers- one that would protect Americans’ liberties at all times”. Al Franken was a strong believer in a powerful government that at the same time protects the citizens natural rights. However, some citizens have decided to test the law, thus creating a variety of new precedents. The Constitution is a body of work that sets precedents and establishes the powers and duties of a government; it also created a Supreme Court that establishes and enforces the law. Back in the 1700s, the citizens living in the colonies did not agree with Britain’s form of government.
The existing government under the Articles of Confederation was not simply working and to resolve this, delegates came from almost every state to lay down the foundations for the Constitution. Their task was to create a strong central government without giving too much power to one person or group. The war with Britain and the tyrannical rule of King George III led the people to detest tyranny because they had seen it in effect personally. The task of creating this Constitution was not simple and required some of the brightest minds to come together to ensure that it would fully guard against tyranny. Eventually, a sophisticated system was created that allowed the Constitution to create a strong central government that protected the liberties of the people while simultaneously making it impossible for tyranny to be evident in the government.
Locke wrote earlier that revolutions are rare because most times the people do not feel that the government is abusing the power too much. However, in this case Jefferson explained that the rule of the British had a “history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States” (Constitution). In Locke’s writing he also explained that tyrants only care about their own needs and do not provide for the society. Therefore, Jefferson and the Americans had the right to overthrow the government because the government did not provide for the governed. Jefferson wrote a list of charges against the British rule to influence Americans into revolting.
Paine understood there were no grounds for the Colonies to continue their dependence on Britain. He began his stand with the publication of Common Sense, a political pamphlet. He wanted to be the voice for the common man and promote an urgent need for independence from Britain. Common Sense was a key element in increasing the focus on the rising revolution. The pamphlet placed blame on the British government for the distress of the colonies.
He studied law, science, both ancient and modern history, philosophy, and literature. Jefferson successfully passed the bar 1767; his successful practice led him to create intellectual habits... ... middle of paper ... ...e revolutionary war Jefferson was one of the people who was going to help create the United States written form of government and he was the one who was chosen to write the Articles of Confederation. This was created so that the government didn't have too much power. They didn't want to become like England but they found that would the government was so lax there was no way to enforce the laws. When they realized that under the Articles of Confederation was too lax they knew they needed to make a new written form of government that could better sustain society so they scheduled the constitutional Convention where Jefferson was chosen to be the one who actually wrote the Constitution.