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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federalist Society has close ties to the Bush administration and top legal leaders, including two Supreme Court justices.
The group, formally called the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, was founded in 1982 as a debating society by students who believed professors at the top law schools were too liberal.
The opponents (called "anti-federalists") generally were local rather than cosmopolitan in perspective, oriented to farming rather than commerce, and were happy enough with the status quo. Thomas Jefferson, who had been absent as minister to France, had doubts about the new proposal, especially about the absence of a Bill of Rights and the potential for an elected monarchy. The agreement to immediately add a Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments) assuaged temporarily the concerns of the antifederalists.
The Federalist party formed in the early 1790s to support the fiscal policies of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. It was opposed by the Republicans, led by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. The French Revolution forced Americans to side with the Federalists and Britain, or the Republicans and France. Virulent party newspapers kept the emotional intensity red hot. By 1798, the Federalists were arming the country to fight a war with France that never happened. Defeated by Jefferson in 1800, they withdrew to their New England strongholds until the War of 1812 aroused enough opposition to the Republicans to give them another chance. With the end of the war, the party collapsed nearly everywhere.
The Federalist Society began at the University of Chicago Law School and Yale Law School in 1982 as a student organization that challenged what it saw as the orthodox liberal ideology found in most law schools. In its Statement of Principles, the Society states that it is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of powers is central to the United States' constitutional form of government, and that the role of the judicial branch is to say what the law is, not what the law should be.
The Society currently has chapters at 145 United States law schools, including all of those ranked in the top 20. The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies also serves as a parent organization for conservatives, moderates, and libertarians who are interested in the current state of the legal order.
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Originally posted by marg6043
I understand that the Federalist and antifederalist dispute during the forming of the country.
But what has to do with our present political overview? Who are the antifederalist now?
As noted above, the Democratic Party is a direct descendant of the Democratic-Republican Party. The Republican Party also sees itself as a spiritual descendant of the Democratic-Republicans, though it has much looser ties from their broad base of former Whig voters and politicians. Neither the modern-day Democratic nor Republican party has identifiable ties to the Federalist Party, which was the most important rival of the original Democratic-Republican party.
Originally posted by marg6043
But what is all the fuss about the Federalist Society Group and the underminding of our civil rights?
As I keep on reading some of this members has been active in decisions that can hurt our civil rights with their ideologies.
They even have been linked to the "reconstructionist".