Compare And Contrast The Anti Federalist Structure Of The Government

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The Anti-Federalist’s structure of the government was the right way the government should have been shaped. Their efforts clearly showed that the protection of our individual rights, and prevention of the government having too much power over the states was their main goal. Though it was viewed that the Anti-Federalists “lost” in the debate with the Federalists, they achieved a lot. The Anti-Federalists favored pure democracy, wanting a federal system where the states had more power than the government. This to mainly prevent the government having too much power, and therefor the states having little to no say in matters. ““And are by this clause invested with the power of making all laws, proper and necessary, for carrying all these into …show more content…

This being to further prevent the problems that the Articles of Confederation brought upon the nation. The Federalists supported a limited government. This showed by the quote from the Federalist Paper No. 51, “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself”. They wanted to control the central government that they’re proposing through the checks and balances system. The Federalists also state that the Bill of Rights is unnecessary, and dangerous. In Federalist Paper No. 84, Alexander Hamilton wrote, “For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why for instance, should it be said, that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed?”. The Federalists stating that they will limit the government so it doesn’t impose on the peoples rights, therefor stating that this makes the bill of rights …show more content…

The Anti-Federalists make it evident that protecting the individual rights one of the most important topics in the debate, which is why they should receive the most support. In the Anti-Federalist papers, New Constitution Creates a National Government, Will not Abate Foreign Influence, Dangers of Civil War and Despotism, it states, “If the body of the people will not govern themselves, and govern themselves well too, the consequence is unavoidable—a FEW will, and must govern them. Then it is that government becomes truly a government by force only, where men relinquish part of their natural rights to secure the rest, instead of an union of will and force, to protect all their natural rights, which ought to be the foundation of every rightful social compact”. This quote makes it evident that with this new constitution that with be put into effect will have the people give up some of their natural rights just so they can protect their remaining rights. The Anti-Federalists make it their goal to protect all of the peoples rights, which should be the final and only argument to why the Federalists should not be

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