Another lesson in obscure history. Few Americans know who the Federalists were or what they stood for. Fewer still know who the Anti-Federalists were or what they stood for. From Centinel at theburningplatform.com:
America, a Short Story
Reposting an expanded version for the Fourth of July because it is important on this day to know what was lost.
The American Revolution and Its Aftermath
The American revolutionaries could be subdivided into two allied “factions”:
Faction 1: anti-monarchist patriots who valued and were willing to risk their lives for liberty and freedom consisting primarily of yeoman farmers, small crafts, tradesmen and entrepreneurs; and,
Faction 2: anti-monarchist elites consisting of larger mercantilists, financial elites, other members of the colonial ruling class and Masons who wished to secure the vast new continent as their fiefdom.
The Gadsden Flag, Not a Federalist Banner
The opposition of both factions to the Monarch preceeded the Colonial period and continued to play out in the Colonies. Important to recognize is that although both were opposed to the Monarchy, their motivations were inherently incompatible.
The patriots wanted liberty and freedom. The elites wanted to step into the Monarchy’s shoes.
The divisions surfaced soon after the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783; first with “Shay’s Rebellion” (1787 to 1788) followed a few years later by the “Whiskey Rebellion” (1791 to 1794).
Anti-Federalist Rebellion Plaque, as Told by the Federalists
Both post-revolutionary rebellions saw the freedom and liberty-loving anti-Federalist patriots crushed by their elite allies. The principals for which most of the foot-soldiers of the revolution sacrificed, fought and died, ended with the last of the two rebellions.
Insofar as the majority of those who fought for it were concerned, America lasted 11 years.
To continue reading: America – A Short Story (ver 2.0)