Essays that generate support for constitutional ratification
Locke explains that as population grows we need government to protect us from infringing on other 's rights. As long as the government is fulfilling this role they will remain legitimate. When government infringes on these rights they become no longer legitimate and the people have the right to create a new government. Locke inspired and provoked many revolutionaries through expression of the rights of man and citizens in the American Declaration of Independence and French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens The goal was to end up as a democratic government where individuals seek to find their life goals. Framers tried to enforce more potential freedom in the Articles of Confederation.
The ratification of the US Constitution in sparked a ferocious and spiteful debate between two large groups of people, those who supported the ratification and those who did not. Both sides were very passionate about their ideas yet they were so divergent, as one believed that the ratification could create a more powerful, unified country, while others worried about the government gaining perhaps too much control. The supporters and opponents equally had various strong reasons in their beliefs. Article 16 specifically addresses the insufficiency of the present Confederation to preserve the union.
Members of Congress believed that the Articles of Confederation, the first government of the United States, needed to be altered while others did not want change. This desired Constitution created a huge dispute and argument between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The people who supported the new Constitution, the Federalists, began to publish articles supporting ratification. As stated in document 2 John Jay Federalist had many arguments to support ratification of the Constitution. After the Constitution was written, the new born nation was immediately split into two political sides, the federalists and the anti-federalists, over the ratification.
What is happening to the United States of America right now? The states have too much power, and the Federal government is not strong enough. Due to the many weaknesses of the Articles the convention that was held to revise the articles ended up throwing away the Articles of Confederation and starting all over again. A weak congress was one of these weaknesses.