07-06-2016, 09:29 PM
The defeat of the idea that the states are independent and contain independent and free people who have the right to freely associate with whomever they wish (individuals or groups) at rifle-point being, of course, an isolated and non-significant event.
I suppose the Confederacy being occupied for 2+ decades by armed Federalists who then wanted to spread their military ambitions to Mexico and Cuba and conquer those lands (like Hamilton suggested) is a non-event, like the Orioles beating the Cubs or something. They had a friendly handshake and went off to sip Burbon.
The Great Experiment was the idea that we could leave tyranny and end its influence over every aspect of our lives. Jefferson and his democratic republicans believed in the freedom and wisdom of the people. Hamilton and his Federalists believed that the masses were too stupid to rule themselves, and thus needed a powerful central government to make decisions for them. He despised the "great endeavor."
Jeffersonian ideals won the day in the Election of 1800, and later, was buried in the ground at Appomattox. A tyrannical government held a gun at the face of a section of its population and said "you have no right to be free of us, if you do not come back, we will kill you." Many chose death, but the remaining exhaustedly stepped back into government tyranny, and thus the Great Experiment of freedom was ended.
It was after this that we militarized our way west, that we passed the income tax, that we allowed theocratic laws to put a vice grip on the country in the 10's and 20's, that we go involved in two world wars through shady means, that the tyrannical leaders in our government got into a fight with the tyrannical leaders in another country and threatened to nuke us all, that we sent tens of thousands into a small east asian country for no reason, that we burned a compound of religious isolates, that we dumbed down the country to make us just smart enough to vote, that we entered into every foreign entanglement we possibly could, . . . I could go on.