We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The issue was the abrogation of the northern states mentioned to carry out their sworn constitutional duty to return "property" to the rightful owners. That was the compact made to form the Union and it was broken by the abolitionists once they acquired enough power. They simply did it by force, not by the laws that established this nation.
This nation would have never been constituted were it not for the norths original agreement to allow the south slaves. They then broke their word and the south left the union for them to have all by themselves.
Went to school in Auburn NY for a short time and still visit there now and again. Lots of interesting American history there. Here is a link to the Seward house.
Seward sought, but never attained, the highest office in the land. Although a front-runner at the 1860 Republican presidential nominating convention, the party ultimately supported Abraham Lincoln. Seward accepted Lincoln's request to serve as Secretary of State, and as such, he signed and helped to write the Emancipation Proclamation, which became a law on January 1st, 1863.
"I have advised Mr. L. that I will not decline. It is inevitable. I will try to save freedom and my country."William H. Seward, 1860
Secretary Seward was brutally stabbed in his Washington home on April 14, 1865, the same night President Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theater. The attacker, Lewis Powell, a co-conspirator with Booth, injured five people in the nighttime action. Seward recovered from his injuries and continued to serve as Secretary of State for President Andrew Johnson. During this administration, the United States purchased the Alaska Territory from Russia for $7,200,000.00. Derided by critics as "Seward's Folly," this purchase became one of Seward's greatest legacies
o/t... Also in Auburn, for Tiffany lovers, this chapel is a must see....
In 1892–1894, the Willard Chapel was built and furnished in memory of Dr. Sylvester Willard and his wife, Mrs. Jane Frances Case Willard, by their daughters Miss Georgiana and Miss Caroline Willard. The interior of the Chapel was designed and handcrafted entirely by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company of New York City. It is the only complete and unaltered totally Tiffany designed religious interior known to exist in the world.