Al Mackey says that neo-Confederates have two more problems http://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/two-more-problems-with-neoconfederates/
I know one of them, is we catch Mackey spinning the truth every time can anyone name the other?
At the above blog post Mackey posts a snapshot of what is a Facebook page. He goes on to say that “unilateral secession is not a legal act.” Yet he fails to prove this point by posting any sort of document to support his statement. The Constitution does not address secession.
Mackey’s next comment is this — “Notice they all accept the claim that West Virginia was formed by ignoring the Constitution. That’s pure baloney, and they don’t understand anything about it.”
Then he post this “First, as the article states, the Constitution says, in Article IV, Section 3, “… no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
He goes on to say that the legal government of Virginia did approve the creation of West Virginia, that legal government being the Restored Government of Virginia. First let’s just clear up a small fact, the Restored government of Virginia was not elected by all of the voters in the state of Virginia as was the government in Richmond.
Mackey then goes on to post a link to the Restored government http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/Civil-War/Restored-Government.htm he continues to proclaim the “rebellion was illegal but fails to prove that point and even notes a court case that he also cites another portion of the constitution that states “Under this article of the Constitution it rests with Congress to decide what government is the established one in a State. For as the United States guarantee to each State a republican government, Congress must necessarily decide what government is established in the State before it can determine whether it is republican or not.”
That article was met when Virginia joined the Union at which time there was no West Virginia.
The fact that US Congress approved of the actions of the Restored government is no surprise as proven by this article at http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Restored_Government_of_Virginia
Which tells us this “The Restored Government of Virginia, or the Reorganized Government of Virginia, was the Unionist government of Virginia during the American Civil War. From 1861 until mid-1863 it met in Wheeling, and from 26 August 1863 until June 1865 it met in Alexandria. However, it claimed Richmond as the capital. The Restored Government had only executive and legislative branches; it did not form a judicial branch.’
Mackey as usual goes on with his insults but it does appear to me that Mackey is the one lacking in knowledge or more precisely the truth.