Did Thomas Jefferson believe in a strong or weak gov?
Jefferson believed that the federal government should have very limited powers over the states. He favored The Articles of Confederation which granted minimal powers to the central government. So weak was the federal government under the Articles of Confederation that it lacked the authority to enforce the taxation of the colonies during the revolution, thus the failure to raise adequate money to support the war effort which nearly cost George Washington the victory. Jefferson's Republican party feared that a strong central government would wrestle control over the states setting up a despot who would rule like the king of England, George III, had done.