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    The full title of the Articles of Confederation is "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union".

    Perpetual Union implies allowing secession was not intended. Of course, we are no longer under the Articles of Confederation, it doesn't have legal force. However, it is an insight into the founder's minds. Had they intended to allow secession, they certainly wouldn't have called it a "perpetual union."

    If they intended the union to be perpetual under the Articles of Confederation, but changed their mind a few years later when they created the Constitution, surely they would have put that in the Constitution to clear things up. But they said nothing about secession. Surely they would have put in some mechanism for secession.

    Of course, Ron Paul isn't a great Constitutional scholar. He likes to pretend that the Constitution doesn't give broad powers to Congress to regulate interstate trend, likes to pretend that the Constitution doesn't give the Congress broad power to tax, for the "general welfare". They are in the Constitution, but Ron Paul just pretends they aren't there.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 12:36:16 AM PST

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