Since yesterday was Constitution Day and I celebrated it with my first post, I thought I would give equal time to one of the Anti-Federalists. Thanks to The Liberty Papers for the pointer.
Here is what Patrick Henry said about the new Constitution:
If we admit this Consolidated Government it will be because we like a great splendid one. Some way or other we must be a great and mighty empire; we must have an army, and a navy, and a number of things.
When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different.
Liberty, Sir, was then the primary object. We are descended from a people whose Government was founded on liberty.
Our glorious forefathers of Great-Britain, made liberty the foundation of every thing. That country is become a great, mighty, and splendid nation; not because their Government is strong and energetic; but, Sir, because liberty is its direct end and foundation.
We drew the spirit of liberty from our British ancestors; by that spirit we have triumphed over every difficulty.
But now, Sir, the American spirit, assisted by the ropes and chains of consolidation, is about to convert this country to a powerful and mighty empire.
If you make the citizens of this country agree to become the subjects of one great consolidated empire of America, your Government will not have sufficient energy to keep them together.
Such a Government is incompatible with the genius of republicanism.
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