Since Up The Flag hasn’t figured out how to post, I’ll get the ball rolling on the next topic in the 4 ways we’re still fighting the Civil War discussion. Of course, I would go even earlier than the Civil War and say that the problems began with the War For Independence. Remember that the Original 13 colonies were separate and distinct entities prior to the “Revolution”. With the Declaration of Independence, there came the original constitutional document which was the Articles of Confederation. Events would show that was not effective enough of a document to run a large nation, which lead to the movement for the Constitution.
Of Course, there were groups who supported the new Constitution, the Federalists, and those who thought the Articles of Confederation were just dandy, the Anti-federalists. We can gather that one set wanted a strong federal system and the others didn’t. The quote which is most relevant is the one this section starts with:
Nullification, states’ rights and secession. Those terms might sound like they’re lifted from a Civil War history book, but they’re actually making a comeback on the national stage today.
The problem here is that these problems existed at the beginning of the United States’ independence movement, yet was something that they thought could be worked out later on. Unfortunately, it is something which causes a great deal of difficulty in a nation the size of the US. It has caused even more difficulty as the US has grown larger.
In my mind, this isn’t a simple question of just plain power, but what should be the nature of the Union? Even more troubling, this is a question which needs to be addressed. It’s time is long overdue as the failure to have dealt with it has caused far too much bllodshed and difficulty for the American people.