The Kirkpatrick Family has always been a
family that has not been afraid to do it's duty, whether it was as a
Landed Family in Scotland and fighting off the invading English armies
trying to subjugate the Scots, or fighting the Native Indian warriors
that in reality, were trying to protect their homeland. When
the call to arms came for us to once again fight the English and their
Huguenot mercenaries in order to achieve or at least maintain, liberty
and personal freedom, we were right there on the front lines.
That tradition continues right up to the present. Members of
my family have fought in every war, or military action that this
country has had right from the beginning. As one researcher
of the family said one time, "Those War-Like Kirkpatricks were either
in the thick of the battle of the time, or they were preaching a war
During the Civil War we literally had cousin fighting against cousin,
since we had the Northern branch and the Southern branch of the family
expressing their loyalty to their home state. Prior to the
Civil War, a person received their citizenship status as American by
right of their being a citizen of a state. Your first citizen
loyalty was to your home state. After the Civil War, the 10th
Amendment was subjugated as 'states rights' had been beaten down, in
favor of Federalism.
Originally, under our Constitution, the States were the pre-eminent
Government of America, most of the 'rights' under the Constitution were
reserved for the States and limited power was given to the Federal
government. That is what the 10th Amendment states.
It was through a "house of mirrors" interpretation of the "Commerce
clause" that the Federal government started exerting more control and
influence over the States. There is a strong under-current of
feelings welling up in America, to once again reign in the meddlesome
Federal government. Only time will tell if that desire to
return to the Constitutional form of government that our Founders
envisioned, will prevail.