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|TD- a little off topic, but was texas not the first state to not have an "out clause" when it joined the union? That is to say it was not expressed that the state should have the right to sucession if they believed their union with the United States was not to their advantage (I mean expressed by the state, and so lets not even touch bases with the second amendment) That is probably a even more prickly issue than slavery by itself, whether states have a right to leave the union should they so choose without interference.
Most historians they put on the television all seem to think the founding fathers would have been startled that the constitution they devised would still be in service and would be proud of what america has become. The first part of that I would tend to agree with, the second part, however....