From the dawn of the American Republic, federalism represented a unique compromise and solution to the problem of the decentralization of power. Federalism is the division of government into two separate entities. These two branches are the Federal Government, and various state governments. Federal Government and its holding of a large amount of power was an ideal sought after by founding father Alexander Hamilton, as well as many contemporary figures, including F.D.R. The opposing force vying for small government and state power was led by Thomas Jefferson. An incarnation of this ideal is reinforced by modern conservatives and Libertarians, such as Ron Paul. Local government refers to a legislative body inclusive under state government. Local Government has a number of different breakdowns, which consist of any legislative body smaller then a state government.