Presidential Choices

Christian Luk
Ms. Mangiero
AP US History

Decision Making

Throughout American history, Governments have always been responsible for the nation’s foreign and domestic decisions. Presidents See to it that the decisions made are what they believe is in the best interest of the nation. Some of these decisions did indeed benefit the country, and although the leaders did not plan for it to happen, some have failed to either protect the country’s rights or jeopardize the nation’s economic growth. Washington and Jefferson are the founding fathers to our nation. Both want to make the United States a better place; however, they had different means to go about it. For example, Washington created a neutral stand point in the United States during the French Revolution by issuing the Proclamation of Neutrality. And Jefferson made the decision to help develops America by the purchase of Louisiana

In 1789, George Washington took an oath that would transform him from being not only a revolutionary hero, but also the first president of the United States. George Washington commanded the impression that he had great power, but as we all know great power comes with great responsibility and the pressure he had would surely reflect this. Washington knew that becoming the president would mean that he had to lead the country forward in as many ways as possible. Washington issued the Proclamation of Neutrality act; he thought that the risk of taking sides does not outshine the definite fiscal problems that the United States is faced with.   Washington felt that it was his full responsibility to regain the strength of the nation and bring the country out of debt. Washington knew that any war would turn the nation to lose more money. With Washington’s decision, he knew that this decision would be the best for the nation, but just because a decision is better than the other one does not mean that it was a popular decision. As the nation’s different beliefs split the country,...