From the Sovereign People of Virginia

“A Crazy Legislature” The Spectator has a very silly and indelicate article under the above caption, in which it charges the Legislature, “by nearly a unanimous vote,” with having “pledged Virginia to fight the battles of South Carolina.” This is all twaddle, and an abortive attempt at raw-head-and- bloody-bones to frighten the people. The call […]

The Said State Doth Hereby Resume All the Rights

AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of Mississippi and other States united with her under the compact entitled “The Constitution of the United States of America.” The people of the State of Mississippi, in convention assembled, do ordain and declare, and it is hereby ordained and declared, as follows, to wit: Section […]

In the Full Possession and Exercise of All the Rights of Sovereignty

Now, therefore, we, the people of Virginia, do declare and ordain that the Ordinance adopted by the people of this State in Convention, on the twenty-fifth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and all acts […]

‘Tis Dripping with Our Blood

Oh, I’m a good old Rebel soldier, now that’s just what I am; For this “Fair Land of Freedom” I do not give a damn! I’m glad I fit against it, I only wish we’d won, And I don’t want no pardon for anything I done. I hates the Constitution, this “Great Republic,” too! I […]

What Security Have You?

What security have you for your own safety if every man of vile temper, of low instincts, of base purpose, can find in his own heart a higher law than that which is the rule of society, the Constitution, and the Bible? These higher-law preachers should be tarred and feathered, and whipped by those they […]

The Government of the United States is a Compact Between the Sovereign Members Who Formed It

One of the fruitful sources, as I hold it, of the errors which prevail in our country, is the theory that this is a government of one people; that the government of the United States was formed by a mass; and therefore it is taken that all are responsible for the institutions and policies of […]

In the Front Ranks As Dangerous Weapons

Pettifoggers. – Richmond, like many other cities of similar size and pretensions to respectability, is not entirely exempt from the presence of a lot of pettifogging, two-cent lawyers, who are seen usually in all their peculiar glory in the lower courts, the advocates of dubious and uncertain rights, and who as such obtain from the […]

We Have Rescued the Constitution from Utter Annihilation

[…] I presume that no event since the separation of the more Southern States from the late Union, has occurred to give such unbounded pleasure to the whole Southern people, as the news that the Old Dominion had thrown her fortunes with ours. We had thought, from the beginning, that this result would ultimately be inevitable. Individually, […]

Stiff in Southern Dust

[…] I hates the Constitution, this great Republic, too; I hates the Freedmen’s Bureau, in uniforms blue. I hates the nasty eagle, with all his brags and fuss; The lyin’, thievin’ Yankees, I hates ’em wuss and wuss. I hates the Yankee nation, and everything they do; I hates the Declaration of Independence, too; I hates […]

The Mutual Check in Our Constitution

The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives.  The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes.  The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.  Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition.  Thus we […]

A Gross Abuse of Language

The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic.  The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs.  It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered.  To term this action of a Sovereign a ‘rebellion’ is a gross abuse of language. — Jefferson Davis.