posted on Nov, 10 2016 @ 07:01 AM
a reply to: Profusion
The Civil War is not the only example from American History. Many New England states threatened secession during Jacksons Louisiana Purchase (since he
made the deal in secret without congressional approval, and since all of these new westward states were going to be settled by mostly people from the
rising Democrat-Republican party, not the declining Federalist party.) If you read up on the Hartford convention you will see that this feeling
persisted through the war of 1812 as well. The Northeast was tired of the constant warring with England.
Texas vs. White went to the Supreme Court in 1869, it rejected as untenable the case for any constitutional right of secession. It ruled that the
government in Texas had no legal right to secede and therefore never really left the Union.
More recently, there was an attempt by Staten Island to break away from New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s, leading to a 1993 referendum,
in which 65% voted to secede. Implementation was blocked in the State Assembly by assertions that the state's constitution required a home rule
message from New York City.
You also had the Republic of the Conch down in the Keys a few years back, I think that was more of a tourist stunt though.
The Phillipines are the only territory/state that has successfully achieved independence from the Union. they were a US territory for almost 50 years
before the treaty of Manilla gave them their independence.
I personally believe that state government should Trump (pun not intended) the federal government on any issue. I also believe that if the Federal
government and the state government clash on laws or regulations, then that state has the right to govern itself much like the US did with Britain in
the Revolutionary war. I don't think they see it that way though.
Lincoln said this in 1846;
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that
suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right, which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right
confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government, may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may
revolutionize and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit".
A bit of Irony there.