Webster on the Union as a death pact

Southern writer Richard M. Weaver (1910-1963) noted in a 1963 essay entitled “Two Orators” that the Northern view of the Union meant that a section or State couldn’t resist Federal supremacy even if the survival of her people depended upon it. In his extensive analysis of the competing speeches by Northern Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Southern Senator Robert Hayne of South Carolina Weaver notes:

[Webster] sees the particular part as so integrated with the whole that it has no absolute right which could be asserted against the whole. South Carolina had no right to make a judgement, even of its own welfare, contrary to the Union. In the extreme application of this doctrine, she is caught in a political trap from which there is no escape, even if her extinction were being mediated. Webster was not, of course, contemplating such an extreme. His eyes were dazzled with the image of a union growing in size and power and diffusing light and blessings throughout the world.

Today we see the implications of Webster’s unionism playing out across the South. We see, for example, the States and communities unable to halt the influx of thousands of Muslim “refugees” who might be terrorists. Muslim immigrants have recently killed scores of people in both the USA and Europe – they have even beheaded a British soldier on the streets of London – and yet the US government insists that the people of the States have no right to stop them from being placed in their communities by Federal agencies. Clearly Muslim immigrants pose a physical danger and yet because of the existence of the Union we are powerless to stop potential terrorists from being brought into our cities and towns. The Union trumps our safety.



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