The American Revolution was a war of secession. The Constitution was a compact between the states; once nine states ratified it the Constitution would be the "law of the land" but only in the states that ratified it. There was no "popular vote" to ratify the Constitution. In every state that ratified the Constitution, they demanded that the states be "free and independent." In Federalist Paper 39, James Madison, the father of the Constitution, cleared up what “the people” meant, saying the proposed Constitution would be subject to ratification by the people, “not as individuals composing one entire nation, but as composing the distinct and independent States to which they respectively belong.” In a word, states were sovereign; the federal government was a creation, an agent, a servant of the states. In Jefferson's innaugeral address he said, "If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left to combat it.” Nowhere in the Constitution does it state that the federal government or other states have the right to use force against another state seceding, in fact, the 10th Amendment allows for state secession when it says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
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