Supporters and Opposers of the Constitution
Frazier, believed we needed an established form of government due to the fact that our nation was under distress. He wrote “The complaints of our framers… the melancholy faces of our workers… the insults that are offered to the American name… View these things, fellow citizens, and then say we do not require a new, a protecting, and efficient federal government, if you can. ”(1). Frazier was saying that our country was falling apart and we needed a form of written government to solve all our problems. Another supporter of the Constitution was George Washington, who agreed with John Jays criticism of the Constitution.
They both agreed that the Articles of Confederation were not a suitable form of government. Washington wrote, “We have errors to correct… thirteen sovereign, independent, disunited states are in the habit of refusing compliance with [our national congress]”(3). Washington was saying that we could not have been governed by the Articles, therefore the Constitution was a better choice for nations established government. Mercy Otis Warren believed that the Constitution blended the three branches too much, and offered no security. She wrote “There is no security[under the proposed new U.
S Constitution] either for the rights of conscience or liberty of the press… The executive and the Legislat[ure] are so dangerously blended that they give cause for alarm. ”(2). She believed that Constitution shouldn’t have been ratified because of alarm due to the branches not being individually established enough, and therefore there could be no checks and balances. This could have allowed one branch to over power another. Because of this, Mercy believed there was no security in the Constitution. Another person opposed to the Constitution was Amos Singletree. He spoke “… xcept to get into Congress themselves… and get all the power and all the money into their own hands, and then they swallow all us little folks. ”(5). Singletree believed Congress would take everyones money and declare power. He felt as though a name, would just be a name to the government, and not a person. Due to that, he felt as though the Constitution should not have been ratified. Patrick Henry felt as though the Constitution should not have been ratified. He spoke “… our rights and privileges are endangered, and the sovereignty of the states will be relinquished…
The rights of conscience, trial by jury, liberty of the press… are rendered insecure. ”(4). Henry felt that the Constitution should not be ratified because it endangers our rights, and doesn’t secure our rights, whatsoever. There were many arguments used by each side in the debates over the ratification of the United States Constitution. Although many opposed the Constitution, it was ratified in September of 1787. Both sides had good arguments but in the end, more were in favor of a better well established form of written government.