Fed V Essay

Submitted By Kai-Watts
Words: 776
Pages: 4

After Shay’s Rebellion, the hassle of no uniform currency and the inability to get money from any of the states when it was most needed, the leaders of our young government realized that our government needed to be reformed. This reform came in the shape of a convention known as the Constitutional Convention whereas after drafting a completely new document to serve as our main resource on how to govern, two opposing groups emerged that either wanted to whether to reform the Articles of Confederation or completely replace it with The Constitution. If I had been able to be a part of the voting process on the constitution I would have sided with the Federalists because history has proven that their theories about how government should be run were more correct than what the opposing group, the Anti-Federalists, had thought. That is not to say that the Anti-Federalists were completely wrong on each issue they found with the Constitution. In fact their criticisms provide a sound wall against which the functionality of the Constitution could be tested against to prove what is the best solution for the United States .
For example, an argument in which the anti-Federalists and Federalists disagreed, was what type of representation was best. In Federalist 1 Madison argues that the United States should have a large Republic, instead of a democracy. The republic would have representatives in proportion to the population so that the representatives were not disconnected from the people. Madison states, the representatives could “be more consonant to the public good than if pronounced by the people themselves”. Centinnel 1 on the other hand disputes these arguments. He believes this type of representation will actually leave the legislative branch with too much liberty to act on their own passions and not make decisions for the common good. Over time both Madison and Centinnel has been proven correct. Our government, though slow to react to the passions of the people, has worked for the common good. In Engle v. Vitale the Supreme Court ruled against the Religious practices in public school because it goes against freedom of religion; regardless of the percentage of the population that supports Christianity. However, concerning Japanese Internment during World War II a majority of the nation was experiencing fear due to Pearl Harbor and the government made an unjust decision by placing Japanese-American citizens in internment camps. At the same time, I acknowledge this lapse in the government ruling in favor of the common good this is one occurrence in 200 years of being under the constitution, and is therefore less significant in the scheme of our history.
Another point made, by the Federalists that history has proven true is how checks and balances should be weighted by each branch. Part of this includes making sure each branch has “separate and distinct exercise of the different powers of government” so that each section has its own will and motives,