The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #84699   Message #1565152
Posted By: Rapparee
16-Sep-05 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: Greater Federal Authority?
Subject: RE: BS: Greater Federal Authority?
Consolidation is the present principle of distinction between republicans and the pseudo-republicans. --Thomas Jefferson

The truth is that finding that monarchy is a desperate wish in this country, [the enemies of republicanism] rally to the point which they think next best: a consolidated government. Their aim is now therefore to break down the rights reserved by the Constitution to the States as a bulwark against that consolidation, the fear of which produced the whole of the opposition to the Constitution at its birth... But I trust they will fail... and that the friends of the real Constitution and Union will prevail against consolidation as they have done against monarchism. I scarcely know myself which is most to be deprecated, a consolidation or dissolution of the States. The horrors of both are beyond the reach of human foresight. --Thomas Jefferson