Jeff Davis holiday

Published 3:30 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mon., June 6, Jefferson Davis Holiday is celebrated in Alabama. The following quotes recounting the history of State sovereignty are from President Davis’ April 29, 1861, Message To The Confederate States Congress, delivered at the Capitol in Montgomery:

“During the war waged against Great Britain by her colonies on this continent a common danger impelled them to a close alliance and to the formation of a Confederation.

The States made explicit declaration in a distinct Article (II), “Each State retains its Sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction and right which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled.”

Under this contract of alliance, the war of the Revolution was successfully waged, and resulted in the treaty with Great Britain in 1783, by the terms of which the States were each by name recognized to be independent.

The States endeavored in every possible form to exclude the idea that the separate and independent sovereignty of each State was merged into one common government and nation, and the earnest desire they evinced to impress in the Constitution its true character – that of a compact between independent States.

An organization (Union) created by the States to secure the blessings of liberty and independence against foreign aggression, has been gradually perverted into a machine for their control. The creature has been exalted above its creators.”

Roger Broxton