Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
You're losing me with every successive post. No, the Constitution is a LAW. It is a legal document Buc. There is no esoteric stuff about "natural law" in there. The States signed a legally binding contract, and they knew what they were doing. You are not allowed to secede and the LAW says so.
You're trying to re-write history to fit your worldview. A worldview I largely share. But I can't ignore facts sorry. If Texas or New Hampshire wants to leave they must get permission from the US. If they leave without permission they have violated clear contract law.
No we're not. There's strength in numbers. America is able to afford its military because 300 million Americans produce 1/4 of the entire planets economic output. That scale is critical to keeping the county safe. (Yes it is mis-used in empire building but that's another topic). 50 state armies would be tremendously inefficient and a mess.
Even under the SCOTUS decision you cited, the "law" as you call it wasn't decided until the latter half of the 19th century. Your assertion that the founding fathers wanted to create a union in which the states required permission to leave is dubious at best. Afterall, they had just seceded from Great Britain and declared that to do so was the God given natural right of all men in 1776.