Why does Andrew Napolitano hate the Constitution so much?
NAPOLITANO: The modern-day struggle for liberty is a renewed fight from a long-forgotten age. The founding of the American Republic was defined not simply by throwing off the yoke of the British empire. For when the revolution ended, the Founders were left to argue and battle amongst one another, to create a government on their own. Just like our politicians today, they became corrupted by too much power, and many of the Founding Fathers began to lust for more power and desired to shape the American republic toward big government.
But not Thomas Jefferson. With a few minor exceptions, the Jeffersonian band, the Anti-Federalists, who believed in small government and maximum individual liberty, struggled against the power-hungry big government types at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The big government types, the Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton, were dissatisfied with the Articles of Confederation that had held the states together loosely, but left them largely alone to govern their own affairs. Although the Federalists were victorious in drafting the Constitution with a stronger central government, the Anti-Federalists were successful in restraining the new central government with a Bill of Rights.