First of all, there is no constitutional justification for maintaining a standing military during peace time, only a standing Navy. The State governments have militia for that purpose. The right of secession was held by the sovereign states as a recourse to the federal government’s violations of the compact (Constitution). States do reserve and have always reserved the right to secede if they chose to do so. The states and their people are sovereign. The federal government is an agent that serves at the behest of the states, not the other way around. Perpetual Union means that there is no definite time in the future that the compact between the states forming the Union sunsets. It does not mean that they have signed a suicide pact and cannot leave under any circumstances. I do not advocate for the dissolution of the glorious union. But when faced with the decision of choosing between liberty and tyranny under the Union, I choose Liberty. Finally, on the issue of currency. Currency where the constitution is concerned gave the Federal government the authority to regulate through a uniform system of weights and measures, defining the Dollar as a name for a unit weight of commodity currency, To Wit, gold. Therefore the name Dollar in the classical sense meant 1/20 of an ounce of gold. Now through the fiat monetary system we have today the name has no connection whatsoever with commodity weight. The states still reserve the power to coin money and tender payments in gold and silver only. They don't however, have the power to print money, but then neither does the the federal government. The Federal Reserve is therefore unconstitutional. The free market should choose the medium for exchange and regulate its integrity through competition just like any other commodity on the market. Why should Money be any different? There would be, as a result of state criminal statutes against fraud and a free market competition in currency, a negligible amount of counterfeiting going on in a competitive currency free market situation. The mass counterfeiting efforts being undertaken today are by our own Federal government. Money must be returned to the free market from whence it came in order to restore, not just economic stability, but to also restore monetary stability and integrity.