Ian Keldon wrote:
The Founding Fathers did, as did the original states, several of which explicitly reserved the right of secession in their ratification of the Constitution.
The current state of affairs (which is what you describe above) is NOT the US that was formed in 1776. It is the "indissoluble", unitary nation that Lincoln turned it into by force of arms.
Uh, no. Whatever language states may have written in their ratification documents became null and void as soon as they entered into the Constitutional Union, and the Constitution said nothing about secession.