The Constitution is brief, clear, and simple. Its unique value from the point of view of political science is the device by which it secured supremacy of the new federal government without destroying or absorbing the state governments. (p. 145)
Our country was first welded into a true Union in the fierce fires of that ordeal. The national state replaced the federation of states. The war was not only the triumph of the North over the South, of freedom over slavery — it was also the triumph of nationalism over states’ rights, of Webster over Calhoun (p. 613).
The natural leaders of the American people were at last assembled for the purpose of deliberating upon the whole question of the American state. They closed the doors upon the idle curiosity and the crude criticism of the multitude, adopted the rule of the majority in their acts, and proceeded to reorganize the American state and frame for it an entirely new central government. . . .
Our children shall behold his fame, The kindly-earnest, brave, foreseeing man, Sagacious, patient, dreading praise not blame, New birth of our new soil, the first American
Your local schools, like all public schools, are required by law to assign textbooks that have been approved by a state textbook committee. These textbooks must meet the standards set by the nation’s educational Establishment and also the U.S. Supreme Court’s standards imposing religious neutrality. It doesn’t matter who runs your local schools. It doesn’t matter if half the teachers belong to the First Baptist Church. Your children are being taught what to believe through the textbooks.
Published on June 17, 2006. The original is here.