Outta Here

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William’s essay on secession
 shows voters and states how
to force congress to obey the Constitution. The plan called the
Free State Project basically suggests the following scenario. “Twenty
or 30,000 Americans who love liberty would move to one state, possibly
New Hampshire, peaceably take over the legislature, negotiate with
Congress to obey their oath of office to uphold the Constitution
and, if necessary, secede from the Union.”

In a related
secession poll
by World Net Daily, 80% of those responding favored
peaceful, democratic, constitutional state by state secession from
the central government. Secession certainly isn’t a new political
philosophy for Americans, as we achieved our independence through
secession from the British Empire.Our founding fathers considered
the right of secession as the ultimate defense against a leviathan.
It was even taught at West Point. And it worked from the founding
of the American republic until Lincoln’s War, to limit the power
and scope of the federal government. Three times states from Connecticut
to South Carolina threatened secession before Lincoln, and until
then it worked.

After Lincoln’s
victory at Appomattox, the American and Confederate republics vanished
to be replaced by a consolidated government that has continued to
grow in tyranny without the check provided by the right of secession. While
our politicians would like us to believe their propaganda that the
right of secession was permanently abolished by force of arms, this
poll, as well as the writings of men like Professor Williams, clearly
shows that's not true.

And thank goodness,
since no other institutional arrangement can restrain the federal
tide of socialism, militarism, and police-statism.

Although New
Hampshire is a small, very independence-minded state with the motto
“Live Free or Die,” perhaps we should also consider South Carolina. 
After all, they have done it before, it is home to the largest League
of the South state organization
working for an independent SC. 
Also, the state will soon have the first permanent ballot access
for a secession party in the South since 1860 with the Southern
, now only 400 registered voters shy of the 10,000 required.

But frankly,
which state goes out first doesn’t really matter, and I’m already
counting my extra spending money without the 50% of my income that
now goes to fund the federal government and its Social Security

10, 2002

Holland [send him mail]
is an Asheville, NC, investment consultant, financial and Southern
political writer, and former president of a national investment
firm. He is editor of several alternative
websites and the author of two books and more than 60 special reports
and articles. His personal website is www.ronholland.com
and he edits Dixie Daily News at www.southerncaucus.org.

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