Definning the Power of government Jefferson believed
in a "wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one
another," but which otherwise left them free to regulate their own affairs.
In an effort to minimize the influence of the central government, he reduced the
number of government employees, slashed army enrollments, and cut the national debt.
Jefferson's support however, hinged upon on the condition that Madison add a Bill of Rights to the document in the form of ten amendments.
The rights that Jefferson insisted upon—among them freedom of speech, assembly, and practice of religion—have become fundamental and synonymous with American life ever since.