John

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Thomas Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican at heart, played a key role in the beginning of the United States government from the time he first wrote the Declaration of Independence to when he became the third president. Jefferson always believed that rights were with the people and that was the key reason he supported the breaking away from England. This belief is what drove him to run for presidency, and restore the republican experiment. He was forced to take over a full federalist government, which he allowed to remain there during his presidency. The real problem was that over time most people change, even the mighty states rights advocate. Throughout Thomas Jefferson’s presidency he maintained many of his Democratic-Republican philosophies, but as time went on he took a path of moderation between Federalists and Republicans that would later affect many of his presidential decisions. Thomas Jefferson despised the British government system; for that reason, he learned that the power must be spread out between the states for a successful country. When Jefferson took his turn in office, he initiated the Revolution of 1800, and tried to influence his ideas of a republican government. He maintained philosophies throughout his presidency that consisted of a government where the constitution, by only its written words, led capital hill, and that any unreasonable act placed upon the citizens of America was uncalled for. Thomas once compared these taxes to a characteristic of hell in a letter to James Madison (Doc A). Thomas wanted nothing to do with unreasonable taxes to fund the debt of the United States. These excise laws, such as the Whiskey Excise, were unconstitutional, as he wrote that the first mistake was passing it b... ... middle of paper ... ...tional. He once believed that these actions were injustice, but in the end of his presidency he left with this act placed upon America, like a stamp indicating his changed self. Jefferson in the beginning of his presidency was a man with Democratic-Republican blood running through his veins. He lived only by the Constitution’s words, giving the states the power and having no debt or unreasonable excises, but as his presidency went on his philosophies merged with those of Federalists, and he had to do what he thought was best for his country. He did things he desperately needed to, accepting unconstitutional purchases of land, placing injustice acts upon his citizens, and enlarging the navy. If he had stuck to his Democratic-Republican ideas and not taken necessary actions, America would not have ever come as far along as it did during Jefferson’s presidency.

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