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Claims:Claim #1As anti-federalists, what would be the benefit of having a weak central governmentas compared to a strong central government with the ability to lead the country.The idea ofa strong government came from his experience and ideas that peoplewere inherently selfish and put their own needs over the country's.Hamilton's ideas were shaped by his experience in war. Too many times had heseen people put their own interest over the needs of the country.For this reason, he and the federalists believed that by giving too much power tothe “common people” it would lead to destruction and instability of their country.They believed their country should be run by intelligent and educated people.Such people had the time, education, and background to run the country wisely.The following quote by Alexander Hamilton supports that idea.“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will notconform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.” -AlexanderHamiltonThe next quote explains the the importance of a strong government, also said byAlexander Hamilton.“Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; andto maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable - even to observe neutrality, youmust have a strong government.”-Alexander HamiltonSynthesis:The Federalists supported a strong central government to lead theircountry because common folks were too selfish and uneducated to rulethemselves.Claim #2The Federalists supported a loose interpretation of the Constitution to accommodatefor changes in society, so why would anti-federalists knowledgeably support theConstitution in a way it would be unable to change in a necessary manner.The Federalists hoped to use the new government’s powers under the Constitutionto unite the quarreling states and keep order among the people. In their view, therights of the states were not nearly as important as national power and unity.For a government to remain stable, is for it to be allowed the flexibility to changeand make adjustments with the times.The Anti-Federalists believed that this could not happen, because, unless it wasstated in the constitution, you could not do it.But in fact, it was stated in the constitution, it is covered under the elastic clause(Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18).The following is the Elastic Clause:“To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying intoExecution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitutionin the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”The following quote from document B is reiterating that idea.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Mr. Champagne
Tags
U S history, Articles of Confederation, U S state

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