This document was directed towards the Federalist by the antifederalist to explain a possible problem of the checks and balances system, after the drafting of the constitution and awaiting approval. The Anti Federalists didn’t want what we have now,they didn’t want the federal government to have and influence over citizens’ lives, they didn’t want the govt to in any way resemble a monarchy because they had just escaped from the corrupt monarchy. They believed that if the power in the country occupied in the people of the various states, then their vision would have a chance of success. Likewise, the Anti Federalist thought there was no bill of rights, so they disliked the constitution. Every constitution should have one for the people, and the government shouldn’t refuse to give on, as shown on Document E. The Letter to James Madison, Objections to the Constitution was written by Thomas Jefferson to explain what he disliked about the constitution to one of the writings, after the constitution was drafted and were awaiting ratification.
One his theories, stated in his book called Leviathan said that people are not able rule themselves because of how selfish mankind is and they need to be ruled by an iron fist. His political theory was that was also stated in Leviathan was that we should respect government authority under all circumstances to avoid violence. Hobbes was scared of the outcome of the social contract which meant people could get rid of the government if they were unhappy with what they were getting. In order to make well with the social contract he states in Leviathan that people should be completely obedient to the government. His reasoning was that if there was no government, there would be chaos.
During this period, the Anti-Federalists felt as though the aristocrats had no particular opinion about our future government, which alarmed the group. Because they saw aristocrats as overpowering the opinions of those who are not as noble. The writer states that he would rather be a free citizen of the Republic of Massachusetts than succumb to a great American Empire. The Federalist goes on to say that unless there is some security of the people 's liberties, the new Constitution will not be successful. The writer had full faith in the citizens of the United States to decide what was best for the future of the
They were scared of tyranny, especially pertaining to the fact that under the new Constitution, the national government, or Congress, would be able to make decisions without even asking for the states’ permission. (Anti-Federalist 1: Brutus). Even though the Constitution called for checks and balances, Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry, was convinced that the president would be the one making all the decisions, not unlike a king. (Bianco and Canon, 44). The national supremacy clause in the Constitution even stated that national law supersedes any state law when there is conflict.
“When the people fear their government there is tyranny:When the government fears the people there is liberty”. This quote by Thomas Jefferson best describes the vision our Founding Fathers had for our country. This way of thinking led them to write the Declaration of Independence in protest of King George III tyrannical government. Our Forefathers borrowed from the teaching of an ancient Greek philosopher named Plato and his student Aristotle. They believed that a tyrannical form of government was the least likely to prevail because one person that has all of the power is more susceptible to making mistakes and abusing power.
In the eighteenth century there was a mix of opposition of independence, and a hope that the new nation would become a home of freedom. Thomas Paine’s argument was that America needs to gain independence from England. Some of the reasons Paine wrote Common Sense is because of unnecessary wars, monarchial government, and the way Britain treated America. Regardless of Paine’s popularity with Common Sense, Jonathan Boucher was a minister who explained his opposition of the revolutionary movement in his sermons. He believed if God wanted America to be independent it would have happened, and it is our duty as citizens to obey the laws because we will be disobedient to God.
In order to gain rights, the colonies wanted to be recognized as independent. The colonists were justified in declaring independence from Britain. Parliament was unwilling to listen or negotiate with the American colonies. Included in the Declaration of Independece is a List of Grievances against King George III. The most important points were, “For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent” (National Archives).
The clash of the two ideas of the Federalists views of the constitution were highly against the views that the Democratic-Republicans.Thomas Jefferson believed in a strict construction of the Constitution.He believed people should follow exactly what was stated and allowed in the document.On the other hand, Alexander Hamilton believed in a loose construction of the Constitution, and also the national bank. Members of the Democratic-Republican party generally believed that a strong federal government would weaken the rights of the states and the people and insisted on a strict construction of the Constitution.The Federalists had a loose interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Alexander Hamilton stated that whatever is not forbidden in the
Their opposing party was the Democratic-Republican Party led by Thomas Jefferson and former Anti-Federalists. They were for states’ rights and a loose constitution interpretation.They were used to the norms of society; therefore, they were not ready for the Federalists to change the nation. The nation had just gotten out of the Revolutionary War and gained their independence; therefore, they believed that the Federalists would lead them back to the crown. This was the major reason that the Jeffersonians had a strong opposition towards the Federalists. After the
He also mentions that the government should not “take away and destroy the property of the people” (Locke ¶ 3). When listing the many faults of the king Thomas Jefferson states that the king “has burnt our [the colonists’] towns” (Declaration of Independence ¶ 26). In including this statement, Jefferson is trying to emphasize the point that the king has infringed the right to property and therefore must be overruled. To conclude, Thomas Jefferson has derived many inspirations from John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Locke’s treatises offered many reasons to explain the people’s right and obligation to overthrow the government, which the founding fathers used to prove their point on breaking away from the king’s rule.