The True Blue Federalist is meant to do a couple things. First, it’s kind of a “one-stop” shopping place for arguments to destroy the so-called “Lost Cause” and Libertarian interpretations of the Civil War. That great conflict is too important to our history as Americans, regardless of our heritage or background, to leave to reckless polemicists of one particular political stripe.
It is also intended to expound a bit on this notion of federalism that marks our form of government. People can moo on and on about “states’ rights!” and “government overreach!”, but do they have any idea of which they speak? My experience is not so much.
In addition, my contention is that, along with the federal government and the states, there is a third sovereign force in this country: the Indian Nations. (The current governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, refers to this as the “three sovereigns.”) This greatly complicates the neat order set out by the Constitution; but any preliminary investigation of the treaties between Indian nations and the United States will clearly show that American Indians are part of this system, whether Constitutional scholars like it or not. Moreover, it’s my belief that honoring the treaties negotiated between Americans and Indians constitutes an important–indeed, crucial–part of modern environmentalism. If that seems far-fetched, so be it: my degree is in Environmental History, so what do you expect?
Last, this blog is a place where I can “think out loud” about these things.
Having said that, my main concern in this blog is to search out bogus arguments about the Civil War that have found their way into Popular Culture, and tear them apart. Which sounds like fun to me. I hope you enjoy.