This goes along with Patrick Henry's not so well known speech arguing against the CONstitution "Shall Liberty or Empire Be Sought?"
"When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: liberty, sir, was then the primary object...by that spirit we have triumphed over every difficulty. But now, sir, the American spirit, assisted by the ropes and chains of consolidation, is about to convert this country into a powerful and mighty empire...Such a government is incompatible with the genius of republicanism. There will be no checks, no real balances, in this government. What can avail your specious, imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances? But, sir, we are not feared by foreigners; we do not make nations tremble. Would this constitute happiness, or secure liberty?"http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Henry%27s_speech_in_the_Virginia_Ratifying_Convention
No, it will destroy liberty.