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By Richard A. Harris, Daniel J. Tichenor

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This reference source combines special ancient research, scholarly essays, and first resource files to discover the evolution of rules and associations that experience formed American executive and americans' political behavior.

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• vintage engravings and political cartoons aligned with key classes in American political development

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Indeed, such a statement might even be dangerous, because it could imply that Congress does have some role to play Political Thought in the Early Republic 23 regarding the regulation of the press. As Wilson put it, ‘‘that very declaration might have been construed to imply that some degree of power was given, since we undertook to define its extent’’ (Ketcham 1986, 185). Anti-Federalists were not at all satisfied by the argument that a Bill of Rights would be unnecessary. As noted earlier, the Anti-Federalists believed that the ‘‘necessary and proper’’ clause could easily expand government power beyond the powers specifically granted to it by the Constitution.

The Horatio Alger myth of the self-made ‘‘rags to riches’’ millionaire, while greatly exaggerated (the vast majority of millionaires came from privileged or upper-middle-class backgrounds), was true enough to be emotionally resonant and legitimize the social standing of the powerful. This legitimation was not merely a form of social control that justified wealth and status, but something felt in an intensely personal, meaningful way. The flip side of the myth was that those who were unsuccessful had only themselves to blame.

In contrast, the federal government under the Constitution would be a government of enumerated powers, which is to say that the federal government can act only in areas where it has been explicitly authorized to act by the Constitution. According to the Federalists, then, there is no need for a Bill of Rights stating that Congress cannot, for example, prohibit the free exercise of religion, because nowhere in the Constitution is Congress authorized to regulate religion in the first place. To take another example, because regulation of the press is not one of Congress’s enumerated powers, there is no need to state in a Bill of Rights that Congress may not abridge the freedom of the press.

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