The republicans were against a solid central government and focused mostly on a state oriented government. Thomas Jefferson as a republican was against the approval of the new constitution. This is because they hold the perception that a closer government would make it easy for people to hold it accountable, making it difficult for the government to avoid dictatorship rule. He encouraged sovereignty of the different states, making states accountable and uniting the different states under a sole government that would do away with sovereignty of the individual states (Hamilton 498).
The state had powers that were inclusive of legislation of divorce rights, matrimony and public institutions of learning. Powers set aside for the citizens included right to property ownership and trial by jury. During the reign, of Jefferson together with Madison they portrayed the different ideologies regarding their opinions on many issues. The Republicans supported a constitution that was strong in terms of its foundations while Federalists were in support of a constitution that was loosely interpreted. The Federalists insist interpretation of the constitution has to be done based on the original meaning and a general understanding from those who approved it. The understanding of the constitution needs to put into account the transformative function of the writings in the document. The second clause in the 5th article of the American constitution declares superiority of the federal laws above state laws. This permitted the national government to gain powers enabling America to be successful and steady (Gould 274).
The establishment of the Bank of America designed after the Bank of England was opposed by the republicans. The bank responsibilities were storage of surplus money, printing of valuable paper money as well as circulation of money in American industry. Although, the bank had great benefits to the citizens, it was strongly opposed by the republicans. They believed