Everyone reads the Federalist papers. But what is very interesting is reading the Anti Federalist Papers. The people that made them up was .... Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, George Mason and Richard Henry Lee. Thomas Jefferson was also one of them. Thomas Jefferson expressed from time to time his anti-federalist views. Butt his involvement in the discussion was limited. This was becasue twhen the US Consitution debate was going on , he was stationed as Ambassador to France.
Here are 3 of the main points they said:about why they did not want the states to ratify this draft of the US Constituiton:
1) They thought that a stronger government threatened the sovereignty and prestige of the states, localities, or individuals.
2) They argued that the strong national government proposed by the Federalists was a threat to the rights of individuals
3 )That the President would become a king
I iwll be posting on these papers casue they are very interesting. And really make one stop and think. Especially when you really read what they were saying. It is like they foresaw in the future, if you ratify this US Consitution ther will be trouble down the road. Why they even predicted a Civil War would break out.
Anti Federalist Paper Number 7 Written in The Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser, December 6, 1787, Does not tell us who wrote it either.
ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION WILL LEAD TO CIVIL WAR
"... The new constitution in its present form is calculated to produce despotism, thraldom and confusion, and if the United States do swallow it, they will find it a bolus, that will create convulsions to their utmost extremities. Were they mine enemies, the worst imprecation I could devise would be, may they adopt it..."
"... The Congress's having power without control-to borrow money on the credit of the United States; their having power to appoint their own salaries, and their being paid out of the treasury of the United States, thereby, in some measure, rendering them independent of the individual states; their being judges of the qualification and election of their own members, by which means they can get men to suit any purpose;..."
..."A change of government is at all times dangerous, but at present may be fatal, without the utmost caution, just after emerging out of a tedious and expensive war. Feeble in our nature, and complicated in our form, we are little able to bear the rough Posting of civil dissensions which are likely to ensue. Even now, discontent and opposition distract our councils. Division and despondency affect our people. Is it then a time to alter our government, that government which even now totters on its foundation, and will, without tender care, produce ruin by its fall?..."
"...Of all the plagues that infest a nation, a civil war is the worst. Famine is severe, pestilence is dreadful; but in these, though men die, they die in peace. The father expires without the guilt of the son; and the son, if he survives, enjoys the inheritance of his father. Cities may be thinned, but they neither plundered nor burnt. But when a civil war is kindled, there is then forth no security of property nor protection from any law. Life and fortune become precarious. And all that is dear to men is at the discretion of profligate soldiery, doubly licentious on such an occasion...."
... "Countries are eaten up by the parties they favor, and ravaged by the one they oppose. Fathers and sons, sheath their swords in anothers bowels in the field, and their wives and daughters are exposed to rudeness and lust of ruffians at home. And when the sword has decided quarrel, the scene is closed with banishments, forfeitures, and barbarous executions that entail distress on children then unborn. May Heaven avert the dreadful catastrophe! In the most limited governments, what wranglings, animosities, factions, partiality, and all other evils that tend to embroil a nation and weaken a state, are constantly practised by legislators. What then may we expect if the new constitution be adopted as it now stands? The great will struggle for power, honor and wealth; the poor become a prey to avarice, insolence and oppression. And while some are studying to supplant their neighbors, and others striving to keep their stations, one villain will wink at the oppression of another, the people be fleeced, and the public business neglected. From despotism and tyranny good Lord deliver us. ..." Tags: