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Unformatted text preview: Mona Shen 4B 8/19/2010 Ratification Debate Position: Anti-Federalist 1. The Constitution expands congressional powers in many sections, but Article I Section 8 outlines arguably the most important ones. Congressional powers are commands Congress may give because they are specified in the Constitution. In Section 8, the Constitution bestowed financial, war and legislative powers to Congress. 2. Anti-Federalists were afraid that the expanded Congressional powers would cause corruption and abuse like in the case of Great Britain. For specifically smaller states, they felt their interests would be overpowered and overshadowed by larger states and a more powerful Congress. 3. As an Anti-Federalist, I do not support a central government stronger than that of states. In the Constitution, the Congress, and therefore central government, becomes undeniably more powerful than state institutions. Therefore, I would not support the ratification of this document. For example, Article I states that "Congress shall have Power To make all Laws...
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