Federal, not National: These United States

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During the Massachusetts ratification debates, Fisher Aims gave a stark warning that’s been totally ignored over the last 100-plus years. He said a “consolidation of the States would subvert the new Constitution.”

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States are not Required to Help the Federal Government

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Even though the Supreme Court often gets things wrong on the Constitution, the Prigg case has not only stood the test of time, it has helped cement James Madison’s advice that states and individuals should refuse “to comply with officers of the Union.”

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Thomas Jefferson on Finding the Meaning of the Constitution

Today, you have all kinds of original sources just a mouse-click away. You can read the ratification debates. You have the Federalist Papers in support of the Constitution. You have essays written by opponents. With just a little effort, you can get a very clear understanding of the Constitution – right from the source.

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