Anti-Federalists were equally concerned by the unchecked power granted to nine Supreme Court Justices and the possibility of a despot gaining control over us by degrees, recalling the tyranny that eventually snared the Greeks and Romans.
But it was liberty and protecting it that served as their focal point.
Would, that our current President held this idea in as high esteem as they. Today America has “evolved” to the point that we have a President who said “...the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”
Negative liberties? He means our Founders didn’t espouse redistribution of wealth. There is a reason they didn’t. This idea doesn’t represent liberty, but its opposite. Both Federalists and Anti-Federalists would have been repulsed by such thinking.
It is the kind of thinking that can result in tyranny by degrees and about which we must be ever vigilant to ensure America’s name isn’t one day ruefully mentioned third in a listing that starts with Greece and Rome.