Thomas Paine Anti Federalism

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Thomas Paine once said, “But where says some is the King of America? I 'll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain...let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING.” This quote exemplifies that Paine placed greater faith and value on God than he did on a government that consisted of one supreme ruler; as long as America approved a monarchy government, the only standards people pursued were the laws formed by that leader. Because of Paine’s childhood, dislike of monarchies, and belief in strong state governments, it’s evident why he supported anti-federalism. Paine’s upbringing likely influenced his future political beliefs. The poor were …show more content…

As a democrat, Paine believed in strong state governments and Washington opposed that. Washington would do anything to make sure that a strong government-led country would survive. In spite of Washington’s efforts, Paine wrote numerous articles in which he tried to reinforce what the Declaration of Independence was actually about. He believed in a world that would focus on democratic rights other than a strong central government. Furthermore, Paine considered it to be a privilege of the country to decide its legislature, to gain individual rights, and to obtain their freedom. Additionally, Paine approved of the Bill of Rights that were included in the constitution and saw them as something that could be used throughout the world for the good of all. For example, Gordon Duff wrote, “His idea of strengthening the Articles of Confederation was to ‘add a Continental legislature to Congress, to be elected by the several States.’” (Paine qtd. in

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