Anti-Federalism is the principle that the United States were founded upon. Also known as "Federalism," it is the philosophy that sovereignty resides in the States, with the powers delegated to them by the People, and the central goverment (the Union) was created by the States. The founding principles were exhibited by such great spokesmen as Patrick Henry ("Give me Liberty or give me death!) and are equally exemplified in the slogans of the slave revolts, especially Gabriel's Revolt ("Death or Liberty!") The Anti-Federalists were those Patriots who attendd the 1787 Convention knowing that American Liberty depended upon the sovereignty of the States, and therefore, they opposed the ratification of the 1787 Constitution. The Anti-federalists believed that America's original Constitution (the Articles of Confederation) upheld the proper relationships between the people, the states, and the central government. They correctly warned that the new Constitution would result in a consolidation of power into the central government, and the eventual destruction of the States. The Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was only given authority to AMEND the Articles of Confederation, but went beyond its authority in writing a completely new Constitution. Under the Articles of Confederation, any State as a sovereign could outlaw slavery within its boundaries, while under the 1787 Constitution, States not only had to tolerate slavery, but slaves escaping into their territory were not free & had to be returned to their masters. Furthermore, the 1787 Constitution guaranteed the continuation of slavery until 1808, and it took a bloody war where Americans killed Americans to bring an end to the evil institution. Despite this, the national government is still empowered to make slaves of American citizens. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare,) the military Draft, and forced public service, we can see that the Anti-Federalists were eerily prescient in their warnings that America would become and empire, destructive of our liberties. Unable to prevent further destruction, the Anti-Federalists insisted that a "Bill of Rights" be added to the Constitution, hoping to prevent the National government from violating every right that is dear to the People & the once-sovereign States. Without these critical 10 amendments, the National government's power would be absolutely unlimited. Likewise, it is because of these amendments that it is clear the National government is one of LIMITED powers.
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What's Wrong with the Constitution (Part 7: Bill Of Rights (2nd & 3rd Amendments)) (12/18/14)
Ferguson, Staten Island & UVA Fallouts (12/09/14)
What's Wrong with the Constitution (Part 6: Bill of Rights & 1st Amendment) (12/11/14)
2014 Election Edition (11/25/14)
What's Wrong with the Constitution (Part 5: Articles V, VI, & VII) (11/30/14)
Same Sex Marriage Destroys Marriage In 11 States (10/18/14)
What's Wrong with the Constitution (Part 4: Article V) (11/23/14)
Abortion, Government & Cona's Questions (10/11/14)
What's Wrong with the Constitution (Part 3: Article IV) (11/16/14)
Fasting for Marriage & Ex-Gay Conference (10/05/14)
What's Wrong with the Constitution (Part 2: Articles II & III) (11/09/14)