"Besides, to lay and collect internal taxes in this extensive country must require a great number of congressional ordinances, immediately operation upon the body of the people; these must continually interfere with the state laws and thereby produce disorder and general dissatisfaction till the one system of laws or the other, operating upon the same subjects, shall be abolished."
Federal Farmer
Anonymous writer who wrote a methodical assessment of the proposed United States Constitution
Antifederalist Letter, October 10, 1787
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This is so true and defines our situation today.
 -- jim k, Austin     
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    The Fabian Socialists had well educated the founders. Many of the Antifederalists saw the ever escalating influence and otherwise debauchery of a growing collective statist and an otherwise totalitarian power grab as a threat to liberty. The only way perceived to maintain freedom was to disperse the power of the body politic to as small a precinct as possible. The occupying statist theocracy now infesting this land proves that out.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Very well said, Thank you Mike ! Simple single, Perfect. Popular Sovereignty of We the People.
     -- Ronw13, Logsden     
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    Even then, that far back -- there were those who were suspicious of the powers which could be acquired. ( However, compared to the relative baby named Democracy, I wonder how Mr./Ms. Anonymous felt about dictatorships, by far more vainglorious in their pursuits ! )
     -- Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT     
     -- Mary, MI      
     -- me, me     
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