08 April 2009

The Sage Of Virginia Speaks

"When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." ~ Thomas Jefferson

After reading that quote, what did you think of?

*With this quote in mind, I'll be posting some interesting comments on the principle of federalism and state's rights and how it was applied by both the North & South during the time leading up to the WBTS; as well as how important the principle remains to us today.


Charlie Fugate said...

I have to believe that federalism is not being taught in our public school systems. No one seems to grasp what it is and why it is important to the current events of the day. I look forward to your comments. Also, thank you for not calling it the Civil War. War Between the States is the most appropriate term in my view.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You do have to wonder what's being taught, don't you? Why would an educational system which is increasingly controlled by federal dollars want to teach students the principles of federalism? That would be self-defeating, wouldn't it?

General Lee referred to the late unpleasantness as the "Civil War" so I'm not quite as concerned about that as are some. I do understand that it is really not accurate to refer to it as such, but the fact is that is what most people today know it as. I also use WBTS, but, according to Douglas Southall Freeman, the truly accurate term is the "War for Southern Independence."

Thanks for commenting.