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|Posted: Sat Nov 21st, 2009 03:54 pm||
TW, may I suggest that perhaps President Lincoln actually took his oath of office seriously--"to preserve and protect the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC."
And sovereign states are not enemies while neutral. International Law 101.
Accordingly, the Constitution provided NO federal authority to coerce a state militarily; and in fact expressly precluded this in Convention-- by none other than James Madison himself in fact.
As someone mentioned here earlier, the constitution is NOT a suicide pact.
He (meaning me) also said it's not a "For Dummies" book-- i.e. a layman's document.
He meant that the states did not give up their sovereignty by ratifying it, but that they didn't take pains to put that fact in layman's terms in the actual four corners of the Constitution itself; it was perfectly-well sufficient that they didn't expressly relinquish their sovereignty-- in addition to ratifying only in response to express assurances of such retention in the Federalist papers.
A lesser president (like J. Buchanan) would have allowed the nation to fall apart.
The Union was never a nation, and a greater man like Buchanan simply recognized this.
Lincoln, meanwhile, was perhaps the most deranged lunatic in world history, and mounted a federal coup d'etat with his party-- taking the power of God and country into his own hands, in order to usurp national authority where none existed-- at a human cost beyond the known measure of the era... not only in actual blood and treasure, but in raw unprecedented atrocity, which is only now beginning to emerge from the bonds of historical censorship.
You may not; citation is not argument, and I know McPherson too well to respect his objectivity.
If you have a claim that the states were not individually sovereign, you must present your actual evidence to back up that claim. I wish you better luck than I've had in trying to find such, but at this point I'm quite certain that it simply doesn't exist.
Last edited on Sat Nov 21st, 2009 05:21 pm by ThomasWashington