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States Need Less Power!
The states need to have less power. We believe that we need a strong central government so the states can work together to become a nation. A strong central government can represent the nation to other countries. It can also control individual states that will not cooperate with the rest. We also believe that a strong central government can best protect individual citizens’ rights and freedoms.
We want a strong federal government. A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. Unlike the Anti-Federalists, we like the fact of the separation of the national government and the local governments, because if there was no separation, then the states would have too much power which we do NOT want.
No More Articles!
We want to scrap the articles! They are too weak and they do not give the federal government enough power. Daniel Shays' Rebellion could not have been stopped because of the Articles of Confederation. If we do not get rid of the Articles, then something like Shays' Rebellion may happen again and we will not be able to stop it! The Articles have no power to tax, can not enforce laws and can not maintain a standing army. We want a new constitution. If there was a new constitution, we would be able to fix all these weaknesses to make them stronger in our new government.