Pros And Cons Of Anti Federalists

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Many times anti-federalist are given a misconception, they are portrayed as self-serving, nefarious, and unpatriotic trash of history. Really, many of the most visible Anti-Federalist were highly respected individuals who fought in the revolutionary war, signed the Deceleration of Independence, and were political strongholds in their own states. Some of these men were Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, and future president James Monroe. The opposing side consisted of men like Alexander hamilton, James Madison and George Washington. The Anti-federalist had apprehensions about the potential loss of sovereignty through the power the national government was given in the proposed Constitution; along with the effects of a loss to the nation and it's people. The Anti-federalist belief was that through state sovereignty, the needed restraints would keep the national government from falling into total control of a federal government, protecting the …show more content…

Constitution phrases in Article 1, section 8 that the congress is able to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.”The Anti-federalist argued that this was a sort of blank check for them to wield unlimited power. In present time, this is a very real issue; the government does control nearly everything. Although we are allowed to vote on things, there are laws that are voted on daily by congress that the people never even see. Things such as marriage, gun control, and so on. The government has laws for when you can get married or who you can marry, just recently gay marriage was legalized; which in fact they should have never had the issue to face in in the first

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