Government And Individual


Government And Individual Essay, Research Paper

Alexander Hamilton was a brilliant member of the federal government whose

political principles were based on the idea that the greatest threat to

political stability was anarchy rather than monarchy. He believed that the

government should be left in the hands of a concentrated few, and that those

chosen would lead the country into prosperity. He did not think the ?swinish

multitudes? capable of governing themselves. On the other hand, Thomas

Jefferson was in support of making states? rights more powerful than those of

the federal government. Each individual, in his opinion, deserved the right to

make the decisions that would govern the country in which he lived. He thought

the federal government was too far removed from its people so that their voices

would not be able to be heard in the decision making process; thus, their needs

would go unfulfilled. The Hamiltonian point of view that a strong, centralized

form of government should be employed is in accordance with my own beliefs. The

power of government should be used to unify the people under its jurisdiction,

not stand merely as a lame parent to watch its reckless teenage children make

decisions that contradict the good of all the people in his household. In

Europe, each country has its own set of laws that govern its people; however,

for the good of the continent, the united move to the Eurodollar will stabilize

the currencies of those countries having trouble with the fluctuations of its

money values and also further ease of trade and transportation. In part, the

Civil War was the result of too many decisions made by too many people. Since

the country as a whole put off deciding what to do with the ever-present slavery

question, each state formed its own policy in dealing with slave trade,

runaways, and other such issues. Unrest was the underlying feeling throughout

the country and made more prominent other touchy issues, and this lack of unity

eventually erupted in warfare. Unity under one central government was re-formed

and the system as it is known today is still in place. To counter overly strong

businesses, the power of government was later used to balance the free

enterprise system of the United States. In the late part of the 19th century,

monopolies caused tiny shops to be run out of business, sending unemployment

rates to rise. The wealth of the country was concentrated in the hands of very

few people. The Sherman Antitrust Law (1890) was created in order to control

companies which restrained normal commerce, like monopolies and trusts, for the

good of the prosperity of the country. Hamilton?s principles, though frowned

upon by many that were running from the tyranny of England, were those that kept

the nation together. A country that later became a superpower in the eyes of its

neighbor relations would never have emerged as such if there had been no brain

to establish the functions of its many member body parts.

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