Almost everyone alive has been taught that federalists were the good guys, and anti-federalists were the bad guys but this isn’t really true. Both federalists and anti-federalists made very strong and convincing points and they were both trying to defend their liberty, they just had different opinions of how to do so.
One point that the federalists made was that America was different. That America was a chosen land. They said that there was no way America could ever fall into tyranny and even if a tyrant did happen to rise to power, the people would immediately rid themselves of the person threatening their freedom.
They might’ve been right, America might have been and still might be a chosen land but this doesn’t mean that America is immune to tyranny. The anti-federalists said that just because America is different doesn’t mean that the people are. No matter where you are, if the people lose their virtue and their desire to learn and teach, then they will lose their liberty.
This can also apply to us on a personal level. People naturally tend to compare themselves to other people, thinking “since this person is smarter than me they will handle everything so I don’t have to”, when this simply isn’t the case. Nobody is immune. Once you hear something and gain knowledge from it, you are responsible for what you do with the knowledge you’re given. Just because America is supposed to be free doesn’t mean that it is. Don’t be fooled into thinking you are free merely because you live here. Do everything you can to restore what has been lost because you are not immune to the consequences that come if you don’t.
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