A Case for Secession-Introduction

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What I will
be sharing with you over the next few weeks may be considered by
some, perhaps many, seditious at the least, treasonous at worst.
Fortunately we still enjoy freedom of speech in this country and
political speech in particular. This will not be the time or place
to argue the methods of secession. Should a state currently operating
under the contract of the Constitution of the United States find
these arguments compelling in the future, or if the national government
continues its slide into tyranny and obligates free men to act to
preserve their freedom, it is my hope that the attitude of Thomas
Jefferson would prevail; “Let them part by all means if it
is for their happiness to do so. It is but the elder and the younger
son differing. God bless them both, and keep them in the Union if
it be for their good, but separate them if better.”

Since the “Civil
War”, or the War for Southern Independence, established the
preeminent place of the national government over the states, eliminating
their ultimate sovereignty and right of self determination guaranteed
under the tenth amendment of the Constitution, and the continual
implementation of the progressive/statist agenda beginning with
the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, the people of the various
states in the union have been “disposed to suffer, while the
evils are sufferable…” In recent years, more and more Americans
are no longer finding the evils “sufferable”. We are tired
of having our money confiscated for “redistributive justice”
or wasted on pork barrel projects. We are tired of distant politicians
thinking they know better than we how to raise our children, take
care of our own health and well being, and spend our own money.
We are increasingly worried that the national government will treat
our God given rights as merely privileges to be exercised at the
whim and direction of those in power. We are continually offended
by politicians who treat us with contempt and disdain. We are fearful
of the results of out of control spending and debt accumulation.
Many of us believe that if we continue along the path we are on,
our children and grandchildren will inherit a country that is merely
a shadow of its former self. We believe that the greatness of the
United States of America rests in the morality and industriousness
of its people and the wisdom of a system of government whose chief
aim is to secure their liberty. In a world where tyranny and oppression
have been the rule rather than the exception, the United States
has demonstrated the great things that can be accomplished by a
people unencumbered by class, strict religious ideology or oppressive
rulers. To see all that made this country the beacon of light to
the world that it has been under attack by the very government we
entrust with its perpetuation has become insufferable.

To even contemplate
secession brings tears to eyes of every patriot who admires the
courage of the men who formulated this Union, remembers the sacrifice
of those who gave their all to preserve it, and takes pride in the
accomplishments such a great nation has given to the world. Many
of the original patriots said the same about Great Britain. It was
the best system then available in the world but had become increasingly
tyrannical, marring all that was good about it. To see the Union
dissolve after all these years is a distressing thing to contemplate.
Yet free men are under no compulsion to yield their freedom to perpetuate
a government that no longer secures their liberty and happiness,
no matter what their affection for its history.

There are
those who say “This is America, love it or leave it!”
Some among the dissent, myself included, have formulated “escape
plans” to be implemented when the confiscation of our wealth
or restrictions on our liberty become too great. For a small minority,
of which we may be, this would be the moral and proper thing to
do. However, if the majority of the people in a state or region
become dissatisfied with their government, no longer willing to
endure the “long train of abuses and usurpations”, finding
no reasonable redress for their grievances and envisioning only
despotism in the end, then the secession of that state or region
becomes reasonable, just and proper. Why should a people who have
invested their lives in the soil of their ancestors be expected
to pick up and leave because an oppressive government seeks to reduce
them to servitude? Do not those who have toiled to reveal the wealth
of the land for their own prosperity and that of their progeny have
a right to stay on that land without the expectation that they or
their children will be brought into bondage? Do we not have the
right to stay in an area where our history and culture have developed
in conjunction with our geography to make us unique, without subjecting
ourselves to the policies of a government that embraces the antitheses
of our culture and values?

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17, 2009

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