Secession, Sarah and the State

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One of the
more egregious attacks on Republican VP candidate, Sarah Palin is
her affiliation and her husband’s with the Alaska Independence Party
(AKIP). The left-wing bloggers like the Huffington Post, Daily Kos
and several in the media including MSNBC
have tried to make hay with this. One wag at the Washington Monthly
went so far as to say the idea of secession is “un-American.”

Why? The truth
is secession is as American as apple pie. So, the nerve of Mrs.
Palin to advocate a long-lost American doctrine like secession,
let's bring her down they must be thinking.

However, just
as a sidebar to set the record straight, Sarah Palin was actually
never a member of AKIP. Lynette Clark, Chairmen of the AKIP issued
a press release September 3, 2008 to correct any misunderstandings.
Clark wrote, "What was correct was that Todd Palin was a member,
that Sarah as a candidate for Governor appeared at the AIP Convention
in 2006, and sent a welcoming DVD to the membership at the 2008
AIP statewide convention."

Perhaps the
Kossocks and the Huffingtonites need to brush up on their American
history. For starters, The
Declaration of Independence
in the final paragraph states pretty

these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE and INDEPENDENT
STATES……….and that, as free and independent states, they have the
full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish
commerce, and do all other things which independent states may of
right do."

Thomas Jefferson,
America's first libertarian president, in his first
inaugural address
declared, "If there be any among us
who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican
form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with
which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free
to combat it"

Jefferson several
years before in 1798 with James Madison wrote the Virginia
and Kentucky Resolutions
which stated, "Where the powers
were assumed by the national government which had not been granted
to the states, nullification is the rightful remedy."

During the
War of 1812, several states in the northeast USA threatened to secede
because they did not want a war with England. The Connecticut state
assembly went so far as to draw up a letter of protest; the opening
sentence starts off, "But it must not be forgotten, that
the State of Connecticut is a FREE SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT State;
that the United States are a confederacy of States; that we are
a confederated and not a consolidated Republic."

I will avoid
mentioning the Confederacy of the United States simply to avoid
being accused of being a "neo-confederate" which is the
smear word for anybody who mentions secession in liberal circles.
I will mention that many northern newspapers in 1860–1861 saw
secession for the South as a perfectly constitutional thing to do.
The New York Daily Tribune wrote they saw no reason why the
South shouldn't have the right to leave the Union (December 17,
1860). The Wisconsin Democrat, on January 11, 1861 wrote
in their editorial that the right of secession "inheres
to the people of every sovereign state."

More ironic,
the left forgets that one of the most liberal states in the Union
has one of the largest secession movements in the USA, Vermont.
The state that gave us socialist Bernie Sanders and politically
correct ice cream (Ben and Jerry's), has a huge secession movement.
One of the strongest supporters for the secession
in Vermont is Nation magazine contributor, Kirkpatrick

whether you are a secessionist or not, it is impossible to deny
that it has a rich tradition in American history. It is an idea
that unites both libertarians and some decentralized leftists. If
the media and the leftist bloggers want to continue to try and make
an issue out of this perfectly respectable American idea, I say,
Sarah and Todd Palin shouldn't back down. If it was good enough
for Thomas Jefferson, it ought to be good enough for the rest of
us. Right?

11, 2008

Andrew Murphy
[send him mail] is a libertarian
Republican blogger and writer out of Knoxville, TN.

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