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January 11, 2009
The First Political Battle:

The authority of the Federal Government was the first political battle. It began with a disagreement between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton believed that we needed a strong National Government and that a central power was the only thing that could preserve this nation. Jefferson believed the power belonged to the people and the States had the authority over a strong central force. And Hamiltonís Federalist Party and Jeffersonís Democratic-Republicanís would be the first of many two party systems to come in this country. And it all began by debating the size of the Government.