Kevin, thanks for the reply. I wanted to respond, but I kept putting off rejoining libertyclassroom. Now, I am back on board.
Are you saying that the Nationalist has a knockdown argument against the compact theory of the union? I suppose the argument could run as follows:
(1) If there was no valid contract among the several states upon ratification, then the compact theory of the union is false.
(2) There was no valid contract among the several states upon ratification, because in the ratification campaign parts of the contract were interpreted in substantially different ways in different states.
(3) Therefore, the compact theory of the union is false.
Granted, this does not prove the “Big blob” Nationalist theory of the union, but it does seem to undermine arguments for nullification based on the compact theory. Perhaps you are not a compact theorist? Is there a a middle position I am not aware of?
I await your reply.