As some seem to want to tell it, when the nation was first formed, it was clear that the war could only be prosecuted successfully by a strong central government. Only with significant power of taxation to pay the soldiers fighting for our freedom, and the might to keep the states in line so that there would be a concerted and unified effort against England, could the nation win the war.
After the war, however, many succumbed to the stupor that accompanies a strong central government, preferring safety and comfort to the freedoms they had just fought a war to acquire. A group of brave, patriotic men met in Philadelphia, and with few disagreements and a unified voice, created a Constitution which weakened the central government by placing limitations on its authority. Even though the creators of the Constitution had few disagreements among themselves, it took a concerted effort to convince a population growing lazy that a weaker central government was in their interests. It took the valiant efforts of Jameson, Alexander, and Bird in the Federalist Papers to promote this new vision, and ultimately, it prevailed.