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Federalist or Anti-Federalist It can be argued the Federalists were the first political party of the United States With a simple goal they wanted to unite the states and form a strong central government The Articles of Confederation was the first attempt at this goal But these articles were not effective The next attempt was successful though The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia effectively united the states There were still some problems with these Articles created The people did not trust the Federalists who created them Thus the Federalists were not successful dealing with the problems that occurred with this newly created nation There was a lack of a powerful strong central government The people did not like the fact that the government was dealing with issues that pertained to them without their approval This is illustrated greatly by the Whiskey Rebellion Due to the fact the federal government needed money the Whiskey Tax was put into operation The farmers rebelled and proved the government to be not as strong as it thought The question of a bill of rights in the Constitution had been raised at the Convention There the idea had been rejected for two reasons First the delegates seemed to make every effort to avoid making profound philosophical statements about rights and the nature of government in the Constitution They were more concerned with the practical business of creating a workable government During the long hot Philadelphia summer they were reluctant to spend time on matters that they considered secondary to that objective Second the delegates recognized that listing the rights of the people might imply that anything not listed was not a protected right Moreover most of the states already had bills of rights in their constitutions and listing them in the national constitution many delegates believed would be redundant The Anti-Federalists focused almost all of their energies on attacking the Constitution because it did not explicitly guarantee the rights of
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