Consent is required for the legitimacy of any government. For Jefferson, the essence of consent originates and lies in each individual unit of jurisdiction. This idea is so basic and irrefutable that even the most maniac Statist must rest their argument on the foundation of the smallest unit. So why do they continually steer the discussion and limit the inquiry to the central government and seek to avoid the smaller components of independent government? The simple answer: if a State is sovereign, their consent must be obtained.
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