“I do not, gentlemen, trust you!” thundered Gunning Bedford at the Constitutional Convention. He was a small state delegate, speaking directly to those from the large states. “If you possess the power,” he continued, “the abuse of it could not be checked; and what then would prevent you from exercising it to our destruction?”
The other small state delegates shared his concerns. Their states would not—could not—be free if they were being tyrannized by the decisions of large state citizens. Their concerns came to the fore when a direct national election for President was proposed.