Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another War of Northern Aggression?

This latter-day Copperhead prays not, but this chilling blather about "the founders establish[ing] a perpetual union" and "an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States" bodes ill — White House says Texas, other states cannot secede. The excellent book Rethinking the American Union for the Twenty-First Century counters this nonsense.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The Articles of Confederation stated clearly that the Union was "perpetual." The Preamble of the current Constitution states that the purpose of the Constitution is to create "a more Perfect Union." Durability being an attribute of perfection, it is highly unlikely that the Founders sought to create a Constitution that could be shattered by a single State. Beyond any of that, though, is the simple fact that the Union predates both the Articles and the Constitution, and predates the formal independence of our nation. The Union testifies to the fact that this is a single, united country, an American nation, not a collection of squabbling little statelets. Our government is federal, and the existence and role of the States is enshrined in the Constitution and in the practice of our republican democracy. But we are one people, one nation, one America.

January 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM  

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