Federalists and Anti-federalists

Topics: United States Constitution, Articles of Confederation, Federalism Pages: 4 (1067 words) Published: October 14, 2013
Tim Dever
Period 4
December 2, 2012

Question: How should the delegates to the Philadelphia [Constitutional] Convention have best balanced the power between States and the Federal government?

Thesis: The delegates of the Constitutional Convention could have best balanced the power between the states and the Federal government by better compromising on the ideas of the federalists and Anti-Federalist by weakening the centralized power of the government, and protecting the people’s liberty.

Argument Paragraph: The Constitutional Convention was divided into two groups, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The federalists were pushing for a more centralized power or government, and a new constitution. They believed that the Articles of Confederation which was colonies preceding document to the Constitution was too weak to hold together a union. The Articles of Confederation were called out by the Federalists, but the Anti-Federalists as they were dubbed by the Federalists liked the Articles of Confederation. They liked them because they did not support a strong federal government, but they reserved power for the individual states or colonies. The convention could have better balanced the ideas of both sides, and the power between a Federal government and states, if they had better compromised on the Constitution. The Constitution did not protect the basic human rights that were the goal of the Revolution. It was necessary that the Constitution protected the people from tyranny. The document also provided a system of government that was too closely related to that of Great Britain. The President held too much power just like the King of England. America was becoming their own nightmare. No one man should have enough power to take away an individuals God given rights, and control everything and everyone. The Constitution was on a path of creating a tyrannical monarchy in America, just like in England. The government had all the tendencies to...

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