Rip Van Winkle Dream
"Every man participating in a culture has three levels
of conscious reflection: his specific ideas about things, his
general beliefs or convictions, and his metaphysical dream of
~ Richard Weaver
couple of weeks ago, I dreamed that I awoke in the year 2030 and
discovered that the Confederate States of America had been independent
from the Washington empire since 2020. Apparently a little known
Southern political movement started in the summer of 1999 had taken
the Southern electorate by storm and within 20 years the 16 Southern
states of the old Confederacy had voted in state conventions to
lawfully secede from a morally, politically, and economically bankrupt
would you like to wake up one morning and realize that the many
financial burdens of Washington had suddenly been lifted from you
and your family forever! No more IRS threatening letters
or audits, no federal income tax, limited estate and gift taxes
that mean you can pass along your business or family farm to your
children. All Social Security and Medicare taxes go into your personal
private program you control outside the reach of corrupt politicians.
of a sudden, I found myself economically secure under a limited
central government Confederation designed to protect my freedom,
wealth and property rather than take it. A strange concept for someone
living in the early days of the 21th century where we've become
accustomed to government as always a threat rather than our defender
and protector as was intended by America's Founding Fathers.
my dream, no longer did the almost $6 trillion in interest and principal
on Washington's huge national debt plus the $14 trillion unfunded
Social Security & Medicare liabilities threaten the economic
future and working opportunities for my children and grandchildren.
The $75,000 in Washington debt load per person formally on every
member of my family had disappeared. This wasted debt created by
the Washington politicians to buy their reelection was back where
it belonged on the corrupt Democratic and Republican politicians
and Washington, DC, USA.
my dream, I met my daughter Heidi, who was 2 when I fell asleep
but now in my dream she was 32 years old. I asked her what Southern
Independence was like? She talked about the economic transition
during Dixie's first decade of Southern Independence when she was
in her early 20's.
related to me her memory about the first day of Southern Independence.
Heidi discovered the price of gas, cigarettes and alcohol had suddenly
fallen by 30% because the federal taxes were gone. Driving to work
a local police officer waved good morning as she reached for her
seat belt but suddenly remembered that seat belt use was no longer
mandatory, but now her decision.
out on the highway, suddenly she forget the new expanded speed limits
on the Interstate highway in her drive to work. The reality of the
heavy traffic suddenly dawned on her as big transfer trucks awoke
her from her thoughts with repeated loud blasting horns. She increased
her speed because yes, truck traffic had exploded with so much industry
escaping the high Washington regulatory costs up north, the economy
was booming here in Dixie.
she still had two tough decisions to consider on that first day
of Southern National Independence. First Heidi had received another
job offer from the second new company in a week relocating to her
town and she had to decide whether to take the new job with increased
responsibility and a sizable raise in salary or wait for a better
offer. Yes, along with the growth and new jobs came millions of
Northerners and Westerners standing in line to share in the Southern
Economic Miracle of prosperity and free markets.
all citizens of Dixie received preferential treatment for jobs until
there was full employment in each county or township. Still the
new citizens from the United States and other nations were welcomed
as they had to pay a high citizenship fee to the Confederate government
for the priceless benefit of Southern citizenship. Talking about
a raise, Southern Independence gave her an almost 40% increase in
take-home pay without the federal taxes.
she still had to make a decision about her kids education this year.
For years they have been in private school and for a few years,
home schooled but now with local control over education, her decision
was where to spend the education tax voucher. Now the public schools
were just as good as the private alternatives because they taught
the values and morals of each local community.
necessary government programs from welfare and food stamps to her
children's school curriculum were now operated on a local basis
without the interference and costs of an entrenched Washington bureaucracy.
The former Washington government programs still maintained by the
states and local communities actually worked and helped those that
truly needed the help.
thought back to the economic, class, and racial divisions that once
plagued the South and asked me why it took me and millions of other
Southerners so long to wake up. Didn't I know that everyone just
wanted an equal chance to pursue the American Dream of freedom and
opportunity. No more did the Washington politician's play off the
fears and concerns of the different ethnic groups.
daughter said, "now, we are all Southerners, White, Black,
Native American, Hispanic, or Asian immigrants and we are determined
to keep it this way. Here in Dixie, we now all live the American
Dream, the sad thing is Washington made the American Dream possible
only outside the American Empire.
learned from the mistakes you made in Washington. Now our local,
state, and Confederate national governments all are under ultimate
control of the voters not the corporate or special interest lobby's
that still control all legislation and government functions in our
former capital of Washington, DC."
asked how do you know that you can keep your freedom this time around?
Heidi answered, "Simple, we modeled our Confederate government
on the world's oldest democracy and most successful limited government
confederation Switzerland. Switzerland has four distinct
languages and cultures, no natural resources but the world's strongest
currency and the second highest per capita income in the world.
the diversity in languages and cultures, Switzerland remains a stable
and unified society with a strong national defense and neutral foreign
policy that has kept it out of every war since 1848.
in the South, we have a direct participatory form of government,
like the Swiss and voters decide on all important constitutional
issues as well as local ordinances. Like Switzerland, every citizen
has a direct say on how the government is run, thereby showing support
for the government or keeping it in line. Also don't worry Dad,
crime is low again here in Dixie. We also followed the Swiss example
of a universal citizen based national guard, and guess what, every
citizen soldier keeps their automatic weapon at home, locked and
went on to say, "Again, we followed the Swiss model here in
Dixie with a weak office of President, and most powers delegated
to the local government entity best able to meet the needs of local
I asked, come on now young lady, Southern politicians are no less
corrupt than others in the United States or throughout the world.
Politicians never change. Remember what Walter Williams, the brilliant
Afro-American thinker said in the late 1990's.
government tends to draw into it people with bloated egos, people
who think they know more than everyone else and have little hesitance
in coercing their fellow man. Or as Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek
said, 'in government, the scum rises to the top.'"
Dr. Walter E. Williams
was pretty proud of myself remembering that quote, and I was sure
it would impress her.
went on, "Right and we damn well don't trust them or what they
promise. This is why we instituted another Swiss political freedom
safeguard into every level of Southern government, from the village,
town and city, to the county, state, and Confederate central government.
Southerner is protected from politicians by the Guaranteed Right
of Referendum and Initiative. The Right of Referendum gives the
voters in whatever political jurisdiction that passes a law, whether
local, state or national, the opportunity to oppose any law passed
by a legislative body or enacted by the chief executive or bureaucracy.
If 1% of the affected electorate sign a petition questioning a particular
law, the law must be submitted to a popular vote for final approval.
The law is rescinded if more than 50% of the voters oppose it. "
Heidi, maybe that has worked and this sounds good but often the
real problem we faced back in the 1990's as American citizens, were
laws and legislation we needed to protect us that Congress or our
states would fail to pass or enact." Heidi, went on to say,
"This is where the Swiss Right of Initiative helps us here
in the South not just resist government power grabs but also to
force back government when the politician's don't have our freedom
and best interests at heart, "which is most of the time, even
2% of the electorate, sign a petition wanting a particular law or
legislation on the books, then the legislative body is required
to place the proposal up for a vote by the electorate. If more than
50% vote for it, then it becomes law regardless of what the Congress
in Charleston, South Carolina wants. Here, now the people rule and
we will fight to the death to keep it this way.
knowing how long this dream would last, I had a few more quick questions
for my daughter. "What about the rest of the former United
States. What happened to the North and the West? Weren't there independence
movements beginning in Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont and out West?"
Heidi thought about my question. "It's been a while let me
think about it. Well, at first, the Congress and Washington government
was mad as hell about us voting to get out. They tried to get the
states that remained in the Union to boycott our products, they
levied special tariffs on imports from Dixie but we just exported
elsewhere. Their taxes went up and the politicians tried to blame
the seceding Confederate States of America but the election rhetoric
remaining American citizens were voting all right but not how Washington
wanted at the ballot box. Americans were voting with their feet
and hundreds of thousands of the most talented and productive citizens
attempted to move to the South. Dixie became like Berlin and America's
borders became like the Berlin Wall. Armed dogs, gun towers, electric
fences, A few escaping tax evaders, (as the government press called
the refugees from Washington) were murdered by machine gun fire
by the IRS and ATF guards stationed at the border. It was a bad
situation but it didn't last long.
the end, the South led the rest of America to freedom and the full
restoration of the American dream of limited government and equal
opportunities for all with special privileges for none but the truly
needy. Different states pulled out over the years. There was the
New England Confederation that allied itself with the Canadian Martime
Provinces. Much of the West pulled out following Utah's secession
movement. Finally only Washington and a few large cities remained
under the old Washington federal government.
federal government employees suffered as they were laid off and
many were unable to compete in a productive society of more efficient
state and local governments and private industry. But was the price
they paid for lining their pockets at the expense of productive
working Americans all those many years.
could feel myself starting to wake up. National Public Radio came
on as usual at 6 AM to wake me up to the latest Washington national
outrage or distant military invasion. I didn't want to wake up.
I hit the snooze alarm and was still sort of asleep. I still had
to have an answer to one last question.
So what happened to America and the American Dream in 2030."
"Dad, It has been reborn in the North, South, East and West.
All of America is now free of the Washington empire and the tremendous
cost of a government too large, out of control and out of touch
with it's citizens. But guess what, there is even a growing movement
to pull the different independent states and confederations back
together again under a resurrected United States of America. I believe
most Southerners will support the action.
a matter of fact, the press just reported that 2% of the voters
here in North Carolina have signed an Initiative Petition to hold
a vote to consider rejoining the United States of America. The vote
will create a state constitutional convention to determine if we
go back into the Union just like we voted to withdraw back ten years
ago in 2020.
was waking up again, "don't let them do it Heidi. Don't you
understand you'll have the same old problem with the Washington
federal government of creeping growth and power until you're back
where we were in 2000?"
way Dad. If we try it again, this time we will take the Confederate
checks and balances, the safeguards of Initiative and referendum
incorporated in our Constitution and laws along with the other states
that followed our lead. We will basically have the same decentralized
form of federal government we've benefited from for the last 10
wasn't convinced, after all she was my daughter and doesn't have
the benefit of my long years of experience. So what, if I'd been
somehow asleep for the last 30 years. "Well, what happens if
it somehow doesn't work?" Heidi replied, "Come on Dad,
It will work and our freedoms will be respected or we will just
leave again. After all, it's our Constitutional right to secession
that will keep us free from those crooks in Washington..
I heard a voice trembling with emotion, much like back in August
1999 with the reading of the Asheville Declaration beginning the
long road to independence and self determination for Dixie. It went
something like this. "When in the course of human events it
becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds
which have connected them with another"... And then I woke
went National Public Radio again, and the news announcer was stating
that we had a moral imperative to bomb some new enemy that wouldn't
follow the dictates of Washington. And I heard a dada, dada, and
my two year old Heidi was standing there beside my bed wanting me
to get up and watch Big Bird with her.
this a real dream, just wishful thinking, or a story I made up.
I'll let you decide but it is My Personal Southern Dream. It's my
dream for a world that my little Heidi can grow up free and independent
of the Washington controls, wealth confiscation and repression that
every working American is now subject to.
free nation complete with the opportunity to succeed or fail. Where
she keeps most of her income, where she can worship God as she is
led by the Spirit, where freedom, opportunity, and equality are
practiced out of belief rather than government edict from Washington
DC. My hope and prayer is that each of us will dedicate our efforts
to give all the people of the South a better future of liberty,
limited government and free markets.
January 15, 2000
Holland is a businessman in North Carolina and a founder of the