Was slavery horrible? Yes. Was it immoral? Yes. But the one thing it was not is *unlawful*, and to put today’s American taxpayers under the onus of a crime for what was *legal behavior at the time* goes against not only an important principle clearly embedded in our Constitution but also our understanding of what living in a truly free society means.
We are only ever *one* Supreme Court Justice away from America’s losing what it means to be America. I am proposing ten Constitutional Amendments that will guarantee America’s culture keeps faith with the original social and political culture of the Founding Fathers.
That there’s no mention of secession in the Constitution doesn’t rule out the power to secede. But the Articles of Confederation, which the Constitution replaced, enjoyed little more than treaty status — any one signatory could shatter the treaty. That a new pact with the explicit intent “to form a more perfect union” would have created an equally feeble bond seems counterintuitive. The Constitution was intended to be something binding and lasting.