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To: tpaine
In a republic, there will always be those who are compelled to go along with the majority in certain situations. For example, I didn't vote for George W. Bush, but I am forced to recognize him as president of the United States. The same goes for politics at the local level. Those of us who voted against a proposed public school referendum will have our property taxes raised along with those who did vote for that increase.

In the case of secession, the majority of representatives in certain states decided to withdraw from the Union. Of course, such an action would most definitely have had an impact on those who wished to remain, but when it comes to our nation as a "republic," the founders deemed that the various states would comprise that republic. Therefore, each state should be allowed to decide for itself whether or not it would like to continue being part of a monolithic union.

I certainly don't think there is a perfect form of government, but what we have now is essentially one, big nation. State borders are nothing more than lines on a map as far as the federal government is concerned.

13 posted on 02/04/2003 1:23:18 PM PST by sheltonmac
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To: sheltonmac
I certainly don't think there is a perfect form of government, but what we have now is essentially one, big nation. State borders are nothing more than lines on a map as far as the federal government is concerned.
13 -mac-

And this is a failure of our political system, not one of the constitution.
-- If a state rebeled peacefully, using the courts & civil disobedience to refuse to acknowlege unconstututional federal law, it could ultimately win in the ~real~ court. The court of public opinion.
The more oppressive the feds grew, the more support the state would get from ~all~ the people.
17 posted on 02/04/2003 1:53:34 PM PST by tpaine
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...but when it comes to our nation as a "republic," the founders deemed that the various states would comprise that republic.
The various States, each being a seperate republic, compromise a union, or confederacy if you will, of republics.
18 posted on 02/04/2003 1:58:40 PM PST by philman_36
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