Ok, BT, tell me again how I was incorrect?
Did some want a stronger central government? Sure. Hamilton did, for one, or at least he wanted a strong central bank.
Early Congresses didn't want to have to fund a standing Army or Navy. It was nearly impossible to get six frigates built prior to the War of 1812, and several of those spent considerable war time at the pier, and/or were put in irons at the war's close.
The early history of our country was all about a limited federal government, for both philosophical and financial reasons.
If you want to argue that changing times require changing interpretations, that's one thing; historical revisionism is something else, entirely.