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Antifederalism: The puzzle of the two Patrick Henrys Patrick Henry 1775: “Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry 1788: “I would rather… have a king, lords, and commons, than [live under the U. S. Constitution]”
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Antifederalists: Patrick Henry confederated vs. consolidated government Here is a revolution as radical as that which separated us from Great Britain… The fate of this question and of America may depend on this. Have they said, We, the states? Have they made a proposal of a compact between states? If they had, this would be a confederation. It is otherwise most clearly a consolidated government.
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Patrick Henry confederated vs. consolidated government The question turns, sir, on that poor little thing—the expression, We, the people, instead of the states, of America. I need not take much pains to show that the principles of this system are extremely pernicious, impolitic, and dangerous. This is not a Virginian, but an American government .
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Patrick Henry The constitution sacrifices American liberty The first thing I have at heart is American liberty: the second thing is American union…The most valuable end of government is the liberty of the inhabitants. No possible advantages can compensate for the loss of this privilege.
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How will the Constitution sacrifice Americans’ liberty? Amending process Militias under control of Congress Presidency Fundamental values are prosperity and empire
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Amending the constitution Two thirds of the Congress, or of the state
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course POLITICAL 101 taught by Professor Kubik during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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