Some of the issues were the excise tax and sedition act. Issues, such as these, caused division among the people and states of the United States of America. Political parties were formed in the United States because of a feud between Hamilton and Jefferson, people disagreed on controversial issues, and George Washington's farewell speech was ignored; ultimately leading to the American people dividing themselves into parties. The feud between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson help cause the creation of political parties. Hamilton and Jefferson rarely agreed with each other, even though they were both in George Washington's cabinet.
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The first challenge president’s face is in regard to “the disappearing center” and the polarization between the two political parties that most often determines how successful their relationship will be with Congress. In order for the political process to work, accommodation and cooperation between the parties is a must in order to bring about change at the federal level of government. The American public wish for cross-party public policymaking in general and this is why the center is deemed to be extremely important. Without a political center there is sure to be greater partisanship and ideological polarization between those elected to Congress and the Office of the President. The outcome from this can lead to increased distrust by the public and aversion to the political process and politicians.
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Many congressional candidates run on the idea that they are going to get into congress, fix it, and make it work. How is the public supposed to be satisfied with an institution that isn’t even accepted by its own members? I don’t blame the public for having a bad image of the Congress. Most citizens only pay attention to politics with the minimum effort; what they see on TV or what they read on the front page of the paper. Congressmen don’t usually go around praising Congress and even if they did, the media doesn’t find that interesting and will ignore it.
The legislature is elected by the people, the president and head of the executive branch is elected by the people, and the people’s choice for president nominates the most important judiciary members (Supreme Court). The Framers however, were afraid of a majority oppression. They were weary of a system of government that allowed 51 percent of the people to oppress 49 percent of the people. That is why there are ways that the minority can stall and protect their interests; one example of this is through a filibuster. With that said, what scared the Framers the most was big government, not the public.
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This dichotomy exists as a result of their dual roles: a representative fighting for their constituents and a legislator perpetuating government functionality. Although legislators must compromise in order to do their jobs, they never advertise their peacemaking ability in a campaign. Instead, rather than focus on the positives of their tenure, such as helping the government and bur... ... middle of paper ... ... complacency in its voters if it ever hopes to return to a proper democratic state. Works Cited Desilver, Drew. "Current Congress Is Not the Least Productive in Recent History, but Close."