Did the Founders want a weak central government?

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Did the Founding Fathers want a weak central government?

  1. Yes

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    61.5%
  2. No

    15 vote(s)
    38.5%
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    If you answered "YES", the please explain why they did not keep the Articles of Confederation, which was a form of government with weak central authority and most of the real power still resting with the states.
     
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    A question which is truly ignorant of American history.

    The Federalists (Adams, Hamilton, et al): No.

    The Anti-federalists (Jefferson, Paine, etcetera): Yes.
     
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    On a scale of 1 to 10..... how stupid can one poster be?

    1 being damned smart (I'm thinking on a par with, say, Navy1960) and 10 being dumb as dirt and stupid as mud (It would be unkind to single out just one).


    *NB: I miss Navy.... wish he'd get his ass back on the forum. Shit.... I should just email his ass and tell him that I miss him.
     
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    Define what you mean by "weak" in this context.

    Dude's breakdown is largely accurate in terms of who wanted more authority vs. less authority relative to the States, but how "weak" or "strong" any of it was is too subjective to answer in a vague poll.
     
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    The OP appears to equate small with weak, or isn't smart enough to know the difference. Go figure. It's a dumbass question undeserving of a serious response.
     
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    Limited and enumerated powers that were specifically granted along with the stipulation that those powers not granted to the fed are reserved for the states and individuals.... while not 'weak' the founders clearly sought to limit the powers of the fed... unlike what left wingers believe
     
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    Yet ironically in the other thread you are arguing that the federal government has the power to infringe on or take away my right to travel, despite there being no such enumerated power in the Constitution.
     
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    They wanted something strong enough to deal with outside threats, but not so strong as it would be a daily harassment to the average citizen.

    Big issues back in 1789 were the British insistence that they could interfere with US shipping, the pirates off the African coast, bankrupt states threatening the security of the rest of the country.

    Some things never change.

    But they wanted internal freedom and external strength.
     
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    There's nothing ignorant in the question. Ignorance is your inability to answer it.
     
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    Like you would know. jeezus christ. miss america strikes again.
     

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