Originally posted by @no1marauder
Having corrected whodey's vision of what the Framers did many times (the Constitution was intended to be and was a vast expansion of Federal government power), I feel no need to uselessly plow that field again.
"Fail" is perhaps too strong a word; they did not believe in their own infallibility nor that arrangements they thought proper in their day m ...[text shortened]... nators proved to be so unwieldy that the state legislators themselves were glad to be rid of it.
You may be right, the Founders really wanted an all powerful tyrannical federal power, which may explain why the passed the unconstitutional Alien and Sedition Acts right after the revolution so that if anyone spoke out against the Federal government they would be arrested.
However, their writings seem to indicate otherwise, as Madison wrote about the General Welfare clause that is used by Progs to justify a never ending and exponentially expanding federal government.
"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare,
and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare,
they may take the care of religion into their own hands;
they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish
and pay them out of their public treasury;
they may take into their own hands the education of children,
establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;
they may assume the provision of the poor;
they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads;
in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation
down to the most minute object of police,
would be thrown under the power of Congress.... Were the power
of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for,
it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature
of the limited Government established by the people of America."