It is also my belief that all bricks in a building rest on the foundations which was laid before the bricklayers ever arrived. Our present government and political situation is because we abandon the Constitution in 1861. The reason we were even discussing State Sovereignty in the first place today is because we began to lost it then. The law of cause and effect is in full force.
The Civil War isn't just some distant, sterile, study of past events. I wish it were. We are still living under the effect of that war and have only recovered in the South from the trade barrier legislations passed by reconstruction governments in my lifetime. We still live under State Constitutions which were written by those same reconstructionist governments. IF we are afraid of our Government and are scared of who the President will appoint as a Supreme Court Justice, it is because of the power both the President and a Supreme Court Justice can exercise in effecting changes in our personal lives and livelyhood. That concept, that these people have such powers over us, comes from the idea that this country should be run by a strong central Government, rather than by the individual states within their own sovereignty. Our Race relationship are only one example that have direct application of that and that War.
That was the central change in our Governmental system esposed by Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincolns Adminstration and was lost not by any debate of learned men within a general assembly, but by the force of arms. That a central Government should have the power to effect social change in the lives of People living as free men within the law. THAT people thought that this was a reasonable concept is what the American Civil War was all about to me and why we are living under the Government we have today. The Civil War in that arena in my opinion, is still being fought today, not 145 years ago.
That is why it is difficult to always divorce present day from the Civil War.