No,I don’t think they did, these men knew human nature , declaring there independence from a monarchy made them well aware of the tryanny that absolute power derives.
The Anti-Federalist were fighting to keep the ”Spirit of 76″ alive and incorporate it into the Constitution and they would have, if they had a better publisher then the Federalist did,but that isn’t the case and we are all quoting the Federalist papers instead,which gives us the bases for all our princples that we stand on when we are trying to convey our discontent with the federal gov’t.
And so the fight with the Fed. has been going on even before Mr.Jefferson put the first words on parchment with his quill.Here are just some of the reason the Anti-Federalist gave against a central gov’t
This is George Mason (The Father of the Bill of Rights) on the notion that lesser government bodies(the states) could effectively share sovernignty with a central power”two concurrent powers cannot exist long together;the one will destroy the other.” I like this one ,it just says An Old Whig wrote” There is a spirit of rivalship in power which will not suffer two suns to shine in the same firmament;one will speedily darken the other,and the individual states will be as totally eclipsed as the stars in the meridian blaze of the sun”Details