The Union vs the Constitution: A Critical Understanding for the Modern RebelSubmitted by goldenequity on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 04:58
The Constitution was ratified by the original 13 states to replace the Articles of Confederation. The states considered themselves sovereign at that time and that the Union was a compact among themselves to handle certain specific issues such as a common defense and a standardized trade system to govern commerce between its members.
In 1828 a high protectionist tariff was passed which hit states with economies based on international trade rather than trade within the Union. Being one of the former, S.C. refused to collect the tax because the Power to Tax was given to Congress to fund ITS needs, (and certainly) NOT to benefit one section of the Union at the injury of another. The Tariff of Abominations, therefore, was a nullity.
(but) A compromise was reached and the tax was slowly (to be) cut over the next 30 years. (subsequently) The international trading states (also, then) lost the ability to block a tax increase, probably forever. (precedence was now set)
As a result of the successful reform of the tariff laws, a supreme court judge from MA proposed a fanciful new political history of the Union: (that) The American people became 'ONE' at the time of the Revolution and therefore became the source of the Union, rather than the States. The federal government was (therefore) a product of the people and as a result: the states were never sovereign. Consequently, the States had no authority to nullify federal law or to leave the Union.
Lincoln and the Republican Party adopted this model of Federal supremacy; Lincoln declared the Union had the authority to use force to keep the states in the Union and to enforce federal law in states that refused to do so.
S.C. and other states dependent on international trade, in reaction to the Republican Party election, declared northern states in violation of the terms of the compact and implemented a nullification of (recent) Federal refugee slave laws, concluding the Constitutional agreement was broken; (and further) that the Union was void and themselves no longer bound to it.
Lincoln declared the Union perpetual and unconditional. Adherence to the Constitution (therefore) was secondary to the preservation of the Union.
the Constitution has become window dressing for a country held together by the threat of violence. Last year, the Obama administration, in response to petitions requesting its attitude toward peaceful separation of states from the Union invoked Lincoln and the indivisible model of the United States. The Federal Government can do whatever it wants and the states have to accept it. Anything else is (declared) treason.
►So, the NEXT time you decide to declare your 'allegiance'
KNOW what 'indivisible' means:
(1) YOU are declaring the Constitution to be SUBSERVIENT to the Union
(2) the Federal Government has supremacy over the States.