[...] [Footte 1: Fiske: The Critical Period of American History, p. 301.] John Fiske, the historian, writing of the importance of preserving the constitutional equilibrium between nation and states, said:  If the day should ever arrive (which God forbid!) when the people of the different parts of our country shall allow their local affairs to be administered by prefects sent from Washington, and when the self-government of the states shall have been so far lost as that of the departments of France, or even so far as that of the counties of England-on that day the progressive political career of the American people will have come to an end, and the hopes that have been built upon it for the future happiness and prosperity of mankind will be wrecked forever.[...].