What's so wrong with secession? Apparently, there's some people in a bunch of states that signed petitions asking for the federal government to allow their states to peacefully seceed from the Union. Kind of ironic seeing as how the first real secession crisis came on the heels of a presidential election. So if a bunch of people want to do it, it must be okay, right?
Many people have accused Lincoln of being a tyrant, of denying the natural right of popular sovereignty. Well, they're wrong, too. Lincoln's whole basis for secession was actually based on . . . wait for it . . . the constitution.
Secession is unconstitutional. The secessionists states in the 19th century claimed that the constitution was a contract entered into by the states, and if a state decided it wanted out, then that state should be allowed to exit the contract. The problem with that is that the preamble of the constitution--the first three words--nullifies that entire argument. For those of you who have never read the Constitution, here's how the preamble reads:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.Note the underlined and bolded part. "We the people . . ." It doesn't read, "We the States." The Constitution was not a contract entered by states, it was created by the people and for the people. A state cannot legally seceed from the Union, because the Constitution is a document that binds the states to the law of the land. The states are bound to the Constitution by the will of the people.
So it's fairly stupid to continue on with this whole secession idea. Not only is it insanely stupid and indicative of a historically retarded populace, but it's ridiculously childish. What, because you can't have your way, you're going to take your toys and go home?
Grow up, dream on, and get over it.