Friday, October 12, 2007

An Ohioan’s warning from the past

I plan to include statements from prominent Ohioans, past and present, in support of the rights of the States generally, and of secession in particular.

One of these is a dire prophecy by State Representative William McMillan Corry, who delivered a lengthy address to a meeting of the Peace Democrats (commonly known as “Copperheads”) in Canton on July 4, 1863. This is what he said:

"The moment she [the State of Ohio] abandons her sacred duty, under her own social compact, of defending her citizens and herself from encroachment upon undelegated rights, or from interference with the sovereignty of the States, she consents to sink to the condition of a dependent corporation."

("Against the Degradation of the States," published in Cincinnati in 1863)

Which is, of course, what many inside the Washington beltway would like to see happen.

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