The bulk of the book examines Federalists
' reactions to policies which they interpreted as blatant attempts "to destroy New England" (13).
(6) Religion was regarded by many to be the indispensable support; as Charles Turner put it, "without the prevalence of Christian piety and morals, the best republican Constitution can never save us from slavery and ruin." (7) Herbert Storing's summation of the disagreement between the Anti-Federalists and the Federalists
on this point is particularly illustrative.
He begins with the Federalist
Party's self-immolation in the 1800 election, both at the polls and in the House of Representatives.
Denying Congress the power to lay direct tax was considered "the point most dear to the opposition." (106) As Anti-Federalist James Monroe put it, "to render the [Congress] 'safe and proper,' I would take from it one power only--I mean that of direct taxation." (107) For the Federalists
, the prohibition on federal direct tax cut to the heart of the Constitution.
(135) Anti-Federalists as well as Federalists
blamed the inevitable foolishness of the People when a political decision went against them.
Hamilton cast a cold eye on the three busts and replied, "The greatest man that ever lived was Julius Caesar." Small wonder that Jefferson was loath to trust the Federalists
with the instruction of our young nation's officer corps!
The charges against Chase, however, were his High Federalist
harangues, especially one bemoaning Republican "mobocracy" during a charge to a grand jury (when the justices rode circuit).
As political philosophy and a keystone for constitutional interpretation, The Federalist
has unquestioned value.
, panic prevailed with Chretien offering a variety of inducements including constitutional commitment to identify Quebec as a "distinct society" with commensurate additional political powers.
Ukrainian militants began an offensive against federalists
in Slaviansk late Tuesday night, according to media.
Karim Al-Barase, a federalist
activist, said federalists
were planning to set up a new oil company in the east to handle the region's oil exports transparently.
Whatever the case, it is clear that to speak of unity or a "consensus" among the Founding Fathers concerning our government is simply wrong: for every Federalist
"Publius" there was an anti-Federalist "Brutus." Even the fact that the Federalists
won in the end and set the Constitution in place is somewhat offset by the addition of the anti-Federalist-influenced Bill of Rights.