Secession and the Berlin Wall

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I'm writing
this article on November 9, 2009, which is the 20th anniversary
of the "fall" of the Berlin Wall. What actually happened
on this date twenty years ago was that the East German government
announced that East Germans and West Germans would be allowed to
visit each other freely. Throngs of East Germans climbed onto and
crossed the wall. Over the next few weeks, people on both sides
of the wall used sledge hammers to knock holes in the wall and topple
large sections. Later, demolition crews removed most of the rest
of the wall. German reunification was completed on October 2, 1990.

This event
was a mind-blowing visual and emotional event worldwide, as we saw
TV images of euphoric crowds celebrating, dancing and weeping at
the Berlin Wall. Few really believed that the Soviet Union would
collapse after only 69 years of existence. The Soviets rivaled the
USA in military might, and they were as imperialistic as the Americans,
exporting Communism around the globe.

But their Union
unraveled, beginning in 1989 with the "glasnost" political
reforms of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1990, newly-elected
Russian President Boris Yeltsin led the Russian Congress to formally
declare Russia's sovereignty over its own territory, and began passing
laws to supersede Soviet law. Russia was the largest republic in
both territory and population in the Soviet Bloc.

A national
referendum was held on March 17, 1991, with the majority of the
USSR's population voting for preservation of the Union in nine out
of fifteen republics. But it didn't matter. After the attempted
coup d'tat against Gorbachev in 1991, Yeltsin emerged as the strongman,
and Latvia and Estonia declared their independence.

By December
of 1991, The Soviet Union had dissolved.

I was in Berlin
in December 2003, performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Chorus and the Berlin Philharmonic. The Hilton Hotel where we stayed
was only a couple blocks away from Checkpoint Charlie, one of the
most prominent and widely-known points of passage between East and
West Berlin. We walked to Checkpoint Charlie and were surprised
to find that, even fourteen years after the Fall, East German buildings
still looked gaunt and forbidding.

This little
bit of history should give secessionists all over America a boost
in morale.

Consider these
six points:

1. The largest
of the republics regained its sanity and seceded. That should give
the Texas Nationalist Movement additional hope and perspective in
their quest for a New Texas nation.

2. The bigger
they are, the harder they fall. Prior to collapse, the USSR had
the second largest economy in the world after the USA. The Soviet
economy was a centrally-planned economy based on state ownership
of industry and management of every facet of commerce. Washington
is repeating the same central-planning errors the Soviets could
not make work. If the second largest world power in human history
can dissolve, so can Number One.

3. Most of
the people in the Soviet Union voted to maintain the Union, even
though it had been the source of oppression and death for 69 years.
That shows you how much suffering people will endure willingly like
sheep. That also shows you that the suffering masses desperately
need moral leadership.

4. Small republics
like Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and the rest of the 15 republics
eventually became sovereign nations once more. They have thrived
since. Small American states will also thrive when they become nations
once again.

5. The USSR
dissolved because the republics rejected national laws that conflicted
with local laws. The republics also refused to pay tax revenue to
the Moscow government. This caused havoc in Moscow. In the US, 39
American states have enacted sovereignty resolutions that assert
their 10th Amendment rights. The American states are on the right
path. Now will they do the right thing?

6. The greatest
complication for the American Federal Government, far greater than
any complication that befell the Soviet Union, is that the US dollar
is the world's reserve currency…the ruble wasn't. The nations
of the world are forsaking the dollar because of Washington's criminal
counterfeiting ways over the years. Just as creditors can force
a corporation into bankruptcy, the nations of the world will force
Washington into bankruptcy and eventually the USA will dissolve.

So the fall
of the Berlin Wall was much more significant to your future than
you ever realized. Don't miss the valuable lessons here. Just because
America doesn't have a big concrete wall doesn't mean that we don't
have barriers to liberty. Oppressive government must be summarily
rejected, and free people have a duty to either alter or abolish

11, 2009

D. Longcore [send him
] is president of Abigail Morgan Austin Publishing Company.
He is married to “his Redhead” Julie, has three wonderful children
and three even more wonderful grandchildren. Visit his secessionist
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