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I agree!

That the Constitution should be scraped but on entirely different grounds. Since its inception, the Constitution has eroded the federal system of government that the founders adopted when they declared their independence.

The convention in Philadelphia produced a document that did not "revise and amend" the Articles of Confederation, as the Articles allow for, but replaced them entirely with a new frame of government. Worse yet, only 9 states needed to ratify the document, a direct violation of the Articles of Confederation which required a unanimous vote for any "alterations." Compared to the weaker Articles, the Constitution was an immense expansion of central state power, whose detractors claimed it created a nationalist consolidated government which would eventually devour the state governments.

A Bill of Rights was hastily added only after the Constitution became effective and only to calm the fears of the Anti-Constitutionalists (aka Anti-Federalists).

I can't say it any better than a hero of libertarians, Mr. Lysander Spooner:

“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”