Tuesday, May 27, 2014

James Madison on Secession

"A Union of the States containing such an ingredient (a proposal which would have allowed the federal government to suppress a seceding state) seemed to provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a State, would look more like a declaration of war, than an infliction of punishment, and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound."

2 comments:

Rational Nation USA said...

Madison was overshadowed by Jefforson but he possed every bit as brilliant s mind has his contemporary.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

All of the Founding Fathers and early Presidents were flawed but I agree with you that these 2 were the cream of the crop at least in terms of their philosophy (each of them recognizing the potential abuses of an unchecked federal government).