Since the elections last Tuesday almost one million Americans from forty states have signed a petition for secession from the United States. As a South Carolinian now living in Texas that is certainly something I understand and I even sympathize with the emotions. What concerns me is that many are signing this simply as an act of protest with no thought to what it would mean for their state or the nation.
Why People Are Signing
While I certainly can’t tell you why everyone is signing I can assume a few reason because they are the same reasons that part of me would desire secession.
- Fraudulent Votes – Some people believe that this election was stolen from them because of voter fraud. They went into this election with such great hope and when it was a loss that hoped turned into anger. I’m certain there was some voter fraud perpetrated and it should be investigated (especially in situations like Allen West’s district), but there is no evidence that such fraud occurred on any scale that would have changed the national election results. President Obama won. If you care to see more on why he won then check out my post here.
- UN Gun Treaty – If there is one right that we hold to as Americans it is the right to bear arms. The second amendment is our guaranteed protection for the other rights we hold dear. This is something to cause great concern and I recommend checking out this article so you are fully versed in the issue.
- NDAA & TSA Overreaching – In the name of security, both the current and previous administration have instituted laws that revoke freedom. NDAA gives the right to hold a US citizen without trial indefinitely and the TSA has will not even all people to travel without being scanned, groped, and humiliated. It is travesty that we have allowed this and primarily in the name of being politically correct. As I heard one speaker of foreign decent say, “Please profile me and put me in that line. It would be shorter!”
- Taxes – While most people have no clue about what they really pay in taxes they at least feel they are overburdened with taxes. Many also hate the idea that the financially successful among us are taxed at a higher rate even though that means we who earn less are get to pay less. The way to prosperity is not to punish producers.
- Moral Decay – Sadly, this is not the primary reason many are considering secession, but it would be the greatest importance to me. For the last century this nation has been in a free fall of any standard of personal responsibility. Everyone has become a victim and has an excuse to make demands of others to take care of them. Whether it be the welfare mentality, employee unions, or abortion it all stems not wanting to have responsibility (in most instances). The most tragic of all is our pro-death culture that murders 1.2 million unborn babies each year. That means that between presidential elections nearly five million babies will be slaughtered about the same amount as those murdered in the Holocaust.
I certainly understand each of those reason to desire to secede from the Union, especially for those that feel like there is not hope in fighting to save it. The challenge is that most people don’t even know what that would look like.
The Challenge of Secession
The way people are are going about seeking secession shows they’re true lack of understanding. They are seeking it by signing a petition as a citizen and sending it to the White House. If any state were to secede it would have to go through their duly elected state official. A citizen cannot make a demand for secession on behalf of his state. If they truly wished to effect change they would send such petitions to their local officials, who would then work with the state government, who would seek secession from the federal government.
We have become a people that wants easy answers to tough questions. We are not willing to take the long road our Founders did in reconciliation. It took many years for the Continental Congress to approve independence. Even John Adams, who became it’s chief spokesman, longed to avoid it and used every resource they had available to find another solution.
One does not simply call for secession because he doesn’t like the election results. No, he knows it is worth the fight for this nation and is in it until no other solution can be found. The one who desires to be free should also desire that his fellow countrymen be free.
The Consideration and Legality of Secession
While I do not believe we are anywhere near the point of calling for secession I do believe that every state has the right and duty to plan for secession.
Many say the very idea of speaking on secession is treasonous, yet our history says it is one of the most American of ideas. When people think of secession they think on the Civil War, but the real example we must remember is our own War for Independence when we seceded from England.
The idea of secession and the individuality of states is not talked about any longer, but it was such ideas that were meant to keep our federal government in check. The fact that a state may remove themselves from the union meant the federal government was forced not to overreach it’s authority onto the state. Since we have stopped discussing it we have seen the continued expanse of federal power to the point of devastation.
Some in Texas believe that it was an agreement when we joined the union that we could secede, but what that really said was that Texas could become four small individual states. Yet, our right to secede comes not from a federal law, but as the Founder’s believed, it comes from a divine providence as depicted in the Declaration of Independence.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Our rights are God-given and not granted by the government and should the state at any point not protect such rights they are derelict in their duty and the people have the right to remove themselves from such a government.
It is for these reasons that all states should have the right and duty to create a full plan for secession should the time ever come. Such a plan should make the federal government shake, but it should grant hope to the citizens of every state.
For the states to live in fear of even creating such a plan shows how far off course we are as a nation.
Issues to be Considered
If there were to be an actual plan for secession then there is much that must be considered.
- Defense – How could the state create a proper military structure against foreign countries?
- Welfare – What would secession mean to those living on welfare? Would they just be removed immediately? What about those that have paid in are dependent on social security?
- Immigration – How will the government handle those coming and going through one state to get to another or what about those that wish to become citizens of that state? No one from New Jersey allowed? What about other nations? How will out of state students be handled?
- Infrastructure – How will the state handle roads, mail, and electricity? If a state without a power-grid were to be shut off their would be chaos. The show Revolution is a great example of the results.
- Trade – Many business make their income through interstate and international trade. How would that be handled? What about trade embargoes and tariffs?
In such an interconnected world to cut oneself off would be disastrous unless a plan was already in place.
What are our Options
Considering the issues above it should be obvious that no state is prepared for secession. So what then can individuals do to change this nation? Here are some steps we can all take:
- Learn to help you neighbor. – We are the most connected generation to ever exist, but most of us never have true conversations with another person in our own community. If we want to end the welfare state mentality and policies then we must take responsibility for going out and helping those in need ourselves. We have to return to caring for orphans and widows and the down-trodden who really do need help. If you don’t want the government to do it the you must lend a hand.
- Get involved in politics locally. – Since we want easy answers we always want to go to the top. We want to “ask for the manager.” Yet, more change can be effected at the bottom. Your voice is loudest to those close to you. Work on issues and with candidates at the local level before you desire to effect a state or national level. Know what official is in charge of policies.
- Ask your state representative for an emergency plan. – Whether it is because of secession, a financial collapse, a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster every state must have a plan for cutting themselves off in order to protect their constituents. To refuse to have such a plan is to refuse responsibility and create the opportunity for chaos to reign should something ever occur.
- Clean up your own house. – If you’re living your life dependent on debt then it is hard to take you seriously when you scold politicians. The same goes for a state that runs a deficit to be taken seriously. Of course, the federal government puts demands on the state that cause such problems, but we can’t just make excuses we have to create solutions. In some cases that means taking a stand and to federal laws and refusing to participate. Texas is doing that now as they fight against the TSA and NDAA. If we desire to be taken seriously then we must get our own home in order first.
- Embrace your freedoms. – If your idea of freedom is to go to work or school and then simply come home and watch television then whether in liberty or tyranny it will make no difference. Take advantage of your freedoms. Travel, study, and speak out. Take part in the free enterprise system. Work as a poll watcher. Gather with friends and your community to discuss freedom. Live a life that is worthy of the sacrifice of our veterans.
These are just some steps that we must take as individuals to change directions in this country. Discussing and having a plan for secession is not a bad thing, but we would be foolish to spend too much energy on such a thing. The time for such action has not yet come. We have work to do. Do not be distracted. Do not be deterred. Go out and fight for the principles of this country. We cannot grow weary in our well doing.
The Torch of Freedom is in your hands. Pass it on!
Jason Vaughn, The Twisted Conservative