Strict Interpretation of the Constitution
Strict Interpretation of The Constitution
Definition- Only possessing the power to do exactly what the Constitution says (285,8)
Explanation- Thomas Jefferson has been strictly interpreting the Constitution since Alexander Hamilton planned to establish the national bank. Jefferson stated that nowhere in the Constitution does it state that the federal government can establish a bank, though unlike Jefferson, Hamilton loosely (meaning that the federal government can do anything unless the Constitution forbids it) pointed out that Section eight of Article one of the Constitution gave the Legislative branch to make laws. Another time Jefferson showed his strict interpretation was when he became the third Constitutional president. He reduced federal power and eased party disputes. There were times when he loosely interpreted the Constitution. One time, the French offered America West Florida, the purchase would double the nation in size. President Jefferson’s problem was that nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the government can buy foreign land. President Jefferson assumed that he can buy it because the Constitution says that the government can make treaties with foreign nations. That was loose because the Constitution did not exactly say that land can be bought.
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Thomas Jefferson can be compared to a robot. Robots do what they are programmed to do. Their limit is at the end of what their program is said to do. They do not have the ability to do anything else than what they are told to do. This connects to Thomas Jefferson and the Strict Interpretation of the Constitution because Thomas Jefferson could not do anything that was outside of the United States Constitution, or simply, his program. He only could do what was listed in the Constitution.
Entertainment- In “The Crucible,” the Christians had to follow exactly what the Commandments say. They were not allowed to modify the Commandments. Doing it would be similar to saying “It is incomplete. I need to fix it.” This matches Thomas Jefferson’s situation because he probably thought of modifying the Constitution when he thought of buying “West Florida.”
Warren, sixth period

Comments (Tell me what I need to know, be sagacious, I don’t want to see childish behavior)-
What a great use of the word, “Sagacious.” Nice call. I never saw Jefferson compared to a robot before. I think that we can trim some of the copyright allowances. Only one is needed. This is really strong, kiddo.