Federalist Paper #15
The Federlists and Anti-Federlists both saw a need for change in the government. The
only poblem with this is that the two had almost opposite ideas although they realized the the
Articles of Confederation didn't have enough power. The main obstacle was how much power
should the new government have. The Federalist form of government provided the best
government of the two.
Alexander Hamilton was unsatisfied with the Articles of Confederation. He feels that the
U.S has reached the "last stage of humiliation," due to a lac of a military, large debts, a lack of
money, lack of respect by foreign powers, territories in the possession of a foreign power,
inability to navigate the Mississippi River, lack of commerce, unavailability of credit, and
decrease in property value. Hamilton urges for these reasons the country must stand for dignity,
reputation, tranquility, and safety. Hamilton believed government was created because groups of
men act with greater intelligence than individuals alone because there reputation less affected.
The Anti-Federalists all had their own opinions on the Constitution but there were a few
ideas that most of them shared. They believed that the government created by the Constitution
was too strong. Another shared idea was that the Constitution didn't establish a federal
government. They felt that it created a national government that would eventually destroy the
sovereignty of the states. The Anti-Federalists feared what Congress could do with a combination
of control over the army, the judicial powers, and taxations. There was also no clause reserving
powers, which led to the fear of a Congress that could become sovereign and use the army to
collect taxes. The judges of the supreme court could mold the government to how they wish since
the meaning of the Constitution was defined be the supreme court....
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