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Who was Patrick Henry?and Why did he hate the US Constitution?

Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.

Henry led the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765 and is remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he is regarded as one of the most influential champions of Republicanism and an invested promoter of the American Revolution and its fight for independence.

After the Revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia. He opposed the United States Constitution, fearing that it endangered the rights of the States as well as the freedoms of individuals; he helped gain adoption of the Bill of Rights. By 1798 however, he supported President John Adams and the Federalists; he denounced passage of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions as he feared the social unrest and widespread executions that had followed the increasing radicalism of the French Revolution.

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Patrick Henry @ Virginia Convention foresaw the whole shebang

and he and Samuel Adams both objected to a strong central governmennt.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Patrick Henry's last words

“United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

Because the Constitution

Was an inside job!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

An inside job

Of course it was

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Because the original

Because the original Constitution didn't include the Bill of Rights that's why he opposed it. The Constitution was written by wealthy planters and aristocrats at the time who had to come to an agreement. You have to know the Constitution was originally written for the wealthy and powerful. It was practically a copy from English common law, the ones they seceded from, but the Federalists like Hamilton and others wanted the same exact type of government as the English Crown. The Anti-Federalist like Henry and Jefferson were the real "liberals" at that time who opposed Federal power.

English Common Law

based on Natural Law concepts was, of course, supported by nearly all the Founders and those of their generation, even those who were not the "aristocrats" and such. It was the culmination of all of the history of men trying to free themselves from the shackles of the powerful, so I am a bit perplexed by the "government school progressive" sounding argument made in the comment above. Just think about it...the American Revolution alone among all of history's great revolutions did not lead to a more powerful government, and did not "eat its children" so to speak. The revolution was originally sparked by people wanting to be treated as full Englishmen with the full rights won in the history of the fight for the Common Law principles. Had that happened, as Franklin predicted, the center of the British Empire would have shifted westward to the "New World" and the advances made by the Constitution could not have developed. Most of the founders originally supported the ideas of the French Revolution, but most eventually saw through it and came to realize that this tyranny of the masses so to speak would eventually always turn on those who came before.

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Great individuals out there!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.