My position as an Anti-Federalist is to oppose the creation of a stronger U. S. federal government and which later opposed the ratification of the Constitution of 1787. The Anti-Federalist rejected the term and argued that they were the true Federalists. In both their correspondence and their local groups they tried to capture the term.
We the Anti-Federalist were composed of diverse elements, such as those who opposed to the Constitution because they thought that a stronger government threatened the sovereignty and prestige of the states, localities, or people; those that claimed a new centralized, monarchic power that would only replace the cast-off despotism of Great Britain with the proposed government; and those who feared that the new government threatened their personal liberties.
Federalist number 70 quote says “All men of sense will agree in the necessity of an energetic executive … The ingredients which constitute energy in the executive are unity; duration; an adequate provision for its support; and competent powers. ” Which means that the anti-federalists wanted to prevent what was people’s rights being taken by groups of special interests. Another problem with the federalists is that they didn’t want the states to have the right to secede.
Federalist number ten quote states “A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party. Hence it is, that democracies have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
” This quote represents that if power is rooted in the will of the majority, there is nothing to stop the majority from plundering and oppressing any minority. Since there will always be more incompetent and lazy men than brilliant and hard-working men, it follows that sooner or later the majority will simply vote itself “bread and circuses” paid for by the productive minority, and the state will collapse, usually resolving into dictatorship.
I agree with these quotes because these people who fought for the ratification of the constitution is the people who gave us our rights not just as citizens but also as human beings. Part of the quote where it says, “A common passion or interest will be felt by a majority, and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party”, is one part of these quotes where I agree. Without the interest or the strong passion that the Anti-Federalist had we would have a weak government, where no person would even care to try to make it better.