Consider the following excerpts from Anti-Federalist Papers, Cato No. 4 and No. 5:
The safety of the people in a republic depends on the share or proportion they have in their government” … and “… that if you adopt this government, you will incline to an arbitrary and odious aristocracy or monarchy—that the president be possessed of the power, given him by this frame of government differs but very immaterially from the establishment of monarchy in Great Britain …
For this Discussion, read Anti-Federalist Papers, Cato, No. 4 and No. 5, and review Federalists No. 67, 78–83, and consider these arguments and their relevance to contemporary America.
- Cato. (n.d.). Article 2, Section 1, Clause 1: Cato, no. 4. Retrieved October 21, 2015, from http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a2_1_1s6.html
- The Constitution Society. (n.d.-a). “Brutus.” Retrieved September 3, 2014, http://www.constitution.org/afp/brutus00.htm
- The Constitution Society. (n.d.-b). “Cato.” Retrieved September 3, 2014, http://www.constitution.org/afp/cato_00.htm
- The Constitution Society. (n.d.-d). The Federalist. Retrieved September 3, 2014, http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa00.htm
- Independence Hall Association. (2013b). Constitution of the United States. Retrieved September 5, 2014, from http://www.ushistory.org/documents/constitution.htm
Post an explanation of the major arguments of the Anti-Federalist position relative to “governing by consent.” Provide examples of this in contemporary America or another democratic nation. Finally, briefly explain how Cato’s arguments are addressed in Federalists No. 67, 78–83.