Did the Founders want a LIMITED Federal Government?

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Did the Founders want a LIMITED Federal Government?

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  1. RetiredGySgt
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    As a matter of fact they did. They argued that no Bill of rights was needed specifying limits to the Government since ONLY those FEW specific powers granted to the Government were available. They further argued that few powers belonged to the Federal Government under the Constitution and that many more powers were left to the States.
     
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    While they might not have envisioned the monster that emerged after the war to suppress Southern independence, they destroyed limited government by dumping the Articles of Confederation and writing the Constitution.
     
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    Ooooohh... right... the Constitution... that thing our illustrious elected officials in Washington wipe their ass with.
     
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    As pointed out in another thread some of them did, some of them didn't. Alexander Hamilton is certainly considered a founder, and he came up with the idea of "implied powers" of the Constitution. Not to mention Hamilton and Madison dumping the Articles of Confederation for the Constitution, which the Anti-Federalists correctly identified as destructive to liberty and the idea of limited government.
     
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    Its hardly a new phenomenon, its been going on since the final ratification vote.
     
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    Washington rallied more troops than in any Revoloutionary War battle to enforce the whiskey tax.
     
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    Yep. And from that sprang the arguments and the publishing of the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers for the ratification of the Constitution.
     
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    It may not be new, but it's definitely been taken to new heights in this day and age.
     
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    And the point of this thread is?
     
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    That is correct. The ONLY power granted to the federal government was outlined in the constitution.

    Whatever was left was a state or local government's responsibility.
     

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