Federalists and Federalism (of today), nowhere near the same mold as our Founders (of yesteryear) that wrote the Federalist Papers
By: Joseph M. Lenard
Note: What follows is really a collection of my NOTES that I’ve made for a speech I delivered on Sept. 11th 2021 at the OAK CONFERENCE
FEDERALISTS and THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, often misunderstood, most of whom we call FEDERALISTS today were (and the title itself somewhat) antithetical to what has been happening today being an ever-growing and expanding Fed Govt.
The folks like Pelosi, Joe Biden, The Squad, who we would call STATISTS (another antithetical term, cuz it stands for MASSIVE UNCONSTRAINED FEDERAL AUTHORITY FEDERALISTS) of today bare NO RESEMBLANCE to the Federalists of Hamilton, Madison, the 2 most notable Federalists of yesteryear and that would be considered more ANTIFEDERALISTS by todays understanding of the Political Spectrum as it has moved Leftward (the Overton Window. If you know Glenn Beck, you’ll be familiar with that term and if you are not you will want to research that). And today’s understanding, or lack-there-of, terminology, that has escalated since the Industrial Revolution (which, in and of itself, had no REAL BEARING on how or why things should change.
But this coincidentally does coincide with the modern shifts in thinking and especially given notable for massive leaps Leftward in Spectrum toward Socialism of FDR and JOHNSON’s “Great Society” pushes).
We are a Republic, under a Limited Fed. Govt. declarative Constitution (ratified Sep 17 1787, began operations / Mar 4 1789) but there was a debate over having a King but our Religious Founders cry of NO KING BUT JESUS won out.
What is Federalism (aka: A high-level, top-down, governing system, but American Federalists argued for CONSTRAINTS and BOUNDARIES of such). Most notable Federalists were: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, all of which argued for CONSTRAINTS which once again seems antithetical to their title of Federalists.
The Anti-Federalists had several complaints with the Constitution. One of their biggest was that the Constitution did not provide for a Bill of Rights protecting the people (which, then as compromise, the first ten amendments were added). They also thought the Constitution gave too much power to the federal government and too little to individual states. Most notable AntiFederalists were: Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, George Mason, James Monroe.
Most people know something about the Federalist Papers (The Federalist’s ultimately endorsed Constitution, Anti’s opted to defend keeping the Articles of Confederation).
The AntiFed’s later insisted on the adding of the 10th Amendment due to concerns of a potentially expanding Fed. Govt. already in 1791.
What was wrought (the compromise), was/is our Representative Republican form of Government. Remember Franklin’s famous quote: “A Republic, if you can keep it” as he saw even way back then many were pushing toward CONSOLIDATE POWERS and EXPANSION OF FEDERAL GOVT AUTHORITY / AUTHORATARIANISM and would likely continue to be the trend, but was hopeful the CONSTITUTION AND AMENDMENTS COMPROMISE would hold as long as possible.
Must note: The STATES formed and VOLUNTARILY joined the UNION OF STATES under the LIMITED FEDERAL GOVT which they created under the Constitution. I am NOT going to into the Civil War States’ succession, which was valid under our Foundation as States joined freely and therefore had RIGHT to voluntarily leave the Union, but when the Confederate States fearing Northern Invaders, they claim, struck the Northern States, made the discussion of STATES RIGHTS in that case and sense, moot; and why many today focus on the STATES RIGHTS aspect of the Succession of those States NOT SLAVERY (whole other topic and long discussion).
Some fought for having our own King, Washington and Term Limits
If you research the Founders’ writings, that while we often refer to FEDERALIST PAPERS it is important to get a Book that also contains the AntiFederalist Papers included there-in.
Little did they know, that latter day, our modern day, Federalists would trend further and further Left toward an all powerful and all encompassing Federal Govt, and top-down, over-bearing, dictates ignoring Constitutional constraints and specifically the 10A. Twisting terms like the Commerce clause and especially the “WELFARE” clause in our Founding Documents. (Promote the GENERAL WELFARE = Capitalism, Freedoms, Rights, Life, Liberty, pursuit of Happiness). Indv. Welfare = Christian Charity duty, not improperly twisting RENDER UNDER CAESAR into REDISTRIBUTIONIST GOVT.
NOTE: The above content is mostly/mainly NOTES not full/complete thoughts, PLEASE RESEARCH THE MAIN TOPIC AND EACH AND EVERY SUB-TOPIC YOURSELF
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About the Author: Joseph M. Lenard was a former writer for Super Simple Computer Enterprises, REDSTATE, Grassfire, and Rattle With Us – MI TEAParty (where he was Writing Committee Chair) and others. Joseph is a current content provider at Before It’s News and The Liberty Beacon. He is also the Author of: “Terror Strikes: Coming Soon to a City Near You”!
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