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In the view of the Anti-Federalists, representatives can gain the people’s confidence only if the people know them well, ideally on a face-to-face basis. Given that the new constitution would create large legislative districts, few constituents would ever know their representatives well enough to establish a genuine relationship of trust. Moreover, in a large legislative district, hard-working middle-class citizens were unlikely to be elected. Congress would be dominated by the wealthy, for only rich and prominent men would have the resources and the name recognition to win elections in districts of great size.

Either abandon claims that America is a land of freedom and opportunity for all Americans, or create institutions that will make it so. Even Roosevelt’s most intractable foes on the right, if not the left, would have agreed that the preservation of the American Dream is a worthwhile goal. Elite hostility was a response to the existential threat the New Deal liberalism represented to the connection between wealth and worth. Although the United States was ostensibly an egalitarian and middle-class society, in reality, the rich enjoyed an honored place at the top of our social pyramid, not because of their money, but 30 Foundations: Liberalism, Republicanism, and Reform in American Political Thought because wealth had long been equated with personal virtue.

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.

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