Patriotic: Become a Secessionist
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas DiLorenzo: Spielberg’s
Upside-Down History: The Myth of Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment
his administration, and members of the U.S. Congress committed treason
when they levied war against the Southern states in 1861-1865. This
fact is clearly proven by the plain words of Article 3, Section
3 of the U.S. Constitution that defines treason as follows:
against the United States, shall consist only in
levying war against them , or in adhering to their
enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort" (emphasis added).
As in all the
founding documents, the phrase "United States" is in the
plural, signifying the free, independent and sovereign states.
The free and independent states were united in ratifying the Constitution
and delegating a few powers to the national government (Article
1, Section 8), while reserving all others for the people, respectively,
or the states, as stated in the Tenth Amendment. If the American
people were to be the masters rather than the servants of their
national government, the only way they could do so would be through
political communities organized at the state and local levels. This
of course is how the Constitution was ratified – by political conventions
of the states, as directed by Article 7 of the Constitution. Since
Lincoln never admitted that secession was legal or constitutional,
and insisted that the Southern states had never actually left the
American union, he knowingly committed treason as defined by the
Constitution by invading the Southern states.
nullification – or the threat thereof – were held to be essential
tools in disciplining the central state (See my LRC article entitled
Secession Tradition in America"). This is the true history
of the founding. The Hamiltonian nationalists, however, waged a
decades-long propaganda war to rewrite history in order to achieve
their objective of consolidating all political power at the national
level, thereby destroying America’s constitutional republic and
turning it into a militaristic, corporatist empire. Hamilton himself
got the ball rolling by telling the outrageous lie that the states
were never sovereign but were somehow magically created by the peoples’
masters in the nation’s capitol. This insidious lie was repeated
by generations of Hamiltonian nationalists such as Chief Justice
John Marshall, Justice Joseph Story, Daniel Webster, and Abraham
Lincoln. As part of this Soviet-style rewriting of history the nationalists,
beginning with Story and Webster, redefined treason to mean criticism
or opposition to the central government – precisely the opposite
of the actual meaning of treason in the Constitution. Lincoln
used this false definition of treason to "justify" levying
war against his own countrymen not to "save the union,"
which was a voluntary political arrangement, but to finally realize
the Hamiltonian nationalist goal of a consolidated, centralized,
monopolistic government in Washington, D.C.
The new Hamiltonian
regime would become an unlimited democracy "of the people,
by the people, for the people." It would not be an American
democracy, however, with most governmental decisions being made
in a decentralized system dominated by the people of the states
and localities. Instead, it would become a French Jacobin- style
"democracy" with "the majority will" defined
for the public by a massive, consolidated, centralized governmental
bureaucracy in the national capitol.
have finally come to realize this, and this realization motivates
the new American secessionist movement under which every single
state has sent a secession petition to the White House. Texas has
reportedly led the way with a petition said to contain more than
establishment has of course sneered and screeched at this development,
screaming "treason" and recommending the deportation of
petition signers. "Traitors" to the "glorious union"
should be deported, they say. But what is this union, anyway, and
why would any patriotic, liberty-loving American want to preserve
it? Let us count some of the reasons why patriotic Americans should
hate the cursed union and seek to secede from it.
Far from protecting
"life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," as promised
in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. government has become
a worldwide killing machine that seems to have no concern whatsoever
for the lives of innocents in foreign countries, and little more
concern for the lives of American soldiers who it sends on Quixotic
missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other forlorn places that pose
no threat at all to Americans. American foreign policy can be described
as perpetual war that creates perpetual, endless enemies for American
citizens all around the globe, just so political elites can profit
from war politically and economically. It makes life much more
dangerous for every American.
Sowell has written that, although there are many fine public school
teachers, the unionized government school monopoly is generally
so decrepit that the average "public" school teacher probably
"ruins the lives" of about 10,000 children during the
course of his or her career.
The war on
drugs has long been the chief cause of violent crime in the nation’s
cities, but will probably never end because there is too much money
in it for the war-on-drugs bureaucracy, including the police, the
courts, the DEA, the government schools, and other special-interests.
people per year die on the socialized, government highway system.
America’s massive welfare state has ruined the lives of millions
by detaching generations from the workplace, turning them into unproductive
social parasites (but reliable voters for bigger and bigger government).
Not to mention causing massive family break-up.
has become legendary, with endless news stories of police beating
and tasering citizens, sometimes to death. And we used to criticize
the communists for street-level executions. The police are, at best,
crime historians who show up after a crime has been committed,
write up a report, and then use the report to lobby for more money
to hire more police, who take down more reports . . . . There are
also relentless efforts to disarm the American public and water
down or destroy the Second Amendment (and all the other Amendments
for that matter).
that the U.S. government protects life and liberty is the
most absurd proposition imaginable. Government is always and everywhere
the enemy of liberty, and nowhere more so than in an unlimited democracy
such as the U.S. has become. No one’s property is safe as long as
the legislature is in session. Taxes at all levels of government
confiscate at least 40 percent of all national income; the unfunded
liabilities of government, i.e., promises of future plunder that
politicians know they can never keep, are said to exceed $100 trillion;
the national government now routinely spends more than $1 trillion
more each year than it collects in taxes; and more than 80,000
pages of small-print regulations in The Federal Register
threaten to destroy American capitalism once and for all. Indeed,
many politicians in Washington, especially the president, seem absolutely
thrilled by that prospect and do everything they can to quicken
the pace of destruction. As this is being written there is even
talk in the news of the elimination of the tax deductibility of
charitable contributions, which would destroy many charities, providing
yet another rationale for even more government bureaucracy.
Reserve’s monetary monopoly creates endless boom-and-bust cycles,
which Fed bureaucrats then blame on "capitalism." They
use the busts that they have created as an excuse to give themselves
even more central planning powers. For example, after the
Fed caused the real estate bubble and the subsequent "Great
Recession," Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke quickly blamed the recession
on the free enterprise system, which he publicly mocked with a smirk
on his face, while making the case for a new government bureaucracy
to regulate "systemic risk." Besides this, the only "remedy"
for the recession that has been offered by the Fed is more of the
exact same policies of "quantitative easing" that caused
the recession in the first place. And of course the Fed is accountable
to no one, not even Congress.
The U.S. has
become one giant plunder-seeking society whereby the "net tax
consumers" now outnumber the "net taxpayers." About
half of all working adults pay no federal income tax but collect
government handouts. They are therefore a very reliable voting block
for endlessly increasing the income taxes on the productive, taxpaying
class. This will only get worse.
The U.S. is
also a fascistic, corporate welfare state that uses billions of
tax dollars to bail out failing businesses and industries and their
unions. This is poisonous to the capitalist system, which relies
crucially on the market feedback system that rewards good performance
with profits and penalizes poor business performance with losses.
That’s what causes capital to be reallocated to more productive
uses over time (i.e., uses that actually please consumers). The
American system of privatized profits (for the politically-connected)
and socialized losses was also a hallmark of fascist Germany and
Italy during the 1930s. Subsidizing failure will inevitably lead
to more failure. It will continue forever, though, because the politicians
who vote for the subsidies receive kickbacks from the corporate
welfare recipients in the form of "campaign contributions,"
high-paying jobs for spouses and relatives, and cushy post-congressional
The U.S has
also become a creepy police state with some cities employing literally
thousands of spy cameras and red light cameras. There are now unmanned
drones flying about, in addition to satellites in space that can
peer through the windows of houses. An FBI "whistleblower"
recently stated that the FBI is even in possession of technology
to eavesdrop on text messages.
"union" ceased being a union of the people of the free
and independent states in 1865. Today the "union" simply
means the political plundering class in Washington, D.C., with all
off its welfare/warfare state parasites, lobbyists, and propagandists
in the media and academe. That is what one would be leaving
behind by seceding. So be patriotic and become a secessionist.
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe,
Capitalism Saved America, and Hamilton’s
Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
– And What It Means for America Today. His latest book is
Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.
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