Secession: Are We Free to Go?





Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election, or perhaps something deeper?   Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures.  Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn’t hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union.

Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States?  Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War.  On the contrary; the principles of self-governance and voluntary association are at the core of our founding.  Clearly Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825, he concluded that states:

“should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left, are the dissolution of our Union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.”

Keep in mind that the first and third paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence expressly contemplate the dissolution of a political union when the underlying government becomes tyrannical.

Do we have a “government without limitation of powers” yet?  The Federal government kept the Union together through violence and force in the Civil War, but did might really make right?

Secession is a deeply American principle.  This country was born through secession.  Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots.

There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.  That is what our Revolutionary War was all about and today our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform.  In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo.  If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it.

Consider the ballot measures that passed in Colorado and Washington state regarding marijuana laws.  The people in those states have clearly indicated that they are ready to try something different where drug policy is concerned, yet they will still face a tremendous threat from the federal government.  In California, the Feds have been arresting peaceful medical marijuana users and raiding dispensaries that state and local governments have sanctioned. This shouldn’t happen in a free country.

It remains to be seen what will happen in states that are refusing to comply with the deeply unpopular mandates of Obamacare by not setting up healthcare exchanges.  It appears the Federal government will not respect those decisions either.

In a free country, governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. When the people have very clearly withdrawn their consent for a law, the discussion should be over.  If the Feds refuse to accept that and continue to run roughshod over the people, at what point do we acknowledge that that is not freedom anymore?  At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government?  And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?

If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government, they cannot truly be considered free.

 



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  1. Ask any white couple living in western developed country why they they have less than 2 children, finanacial benefits will be a most likely answer. If you really care about you race then have more kids and encourage others to do the same rather than bitch and cry about genocide. It's not like whites are being sterilized by force like many African American and many other people of color by eugenicists like the Nazis and even this country has a dark history of eugenics.

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  2. Ron Paul is a quitter!!! The best part of waking up is the ability to recognize harmful social control.to not be a hypocrite . Ron Paul lost all his clout when he traded up the presidential race"your cause." So he can feather Rand Paul's nest.keep up the cause but don't include this man he is a back stabber and control valve. Call a spade a spade.

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  3. Ron Paul is a quitter!!! The best part of waking up is the ability to recognize harmful social control.to not be a hypocrite . Ron Paul lost all his clout when he traded up the presidential race"your cause." So he can feather Rand Paul's nest.keep up the cause but don't include this man he is a back stabber and control valve. Call a spade a spade.

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  4. Ron Paul is just a man yet his HINDSIGHT is destined to be our insight. Remember folks: Complacency has always been the basis for "Propaganda" which ultimately impedes informed choices, supersedes knowledge and understanding ...and in the end... basic goodwill. Please seek diverse resources - truths can only be found by the correlation of facts and then introspection; nothing is easier than accepting what we're told!! "Those who infer... deter."

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  5. Ron Paul is just a man yet his HINDSIGHT is destined to be our insight. Remember folks: Complacency has always been the basis for "Propaganda" which ultimately impedes informed choices, supersedes knowledge and understanding ...and in the end... basic goodwill. Please seek diverse resources - truths can only be found by the correlation of facts and then introspection; nothing is easier than accepting what we're told!! "Those who infer... deter."

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  6. Is that your justification for supporting white genocide? Typical anti-white. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

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  7. Is that your justification for supporting white genocide? Typical anti-white. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

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  8. Huh.. so is that your justification for supporting white genocide? Typical anti-white. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

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  9. Huh.. so is that your justification for supporting white genocide? Typical anti-white. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

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  10. Yes there will be no more Cherokee... but there will be a new breed in place of that Cherokee/Chinese (Cheronese) :D So there will always be diversity... and I guess there will always be an excuse for people to hate on the "other"

    I'm not really a proponent or opponent of racial diversity. Like I said before imagination/intellectual diversity is what I prefer.

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  11. Just like people can get out of a marriage if the relationship is that bad secession could be used as a sort of last resort.

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  12. You need to go read the Constitution because you clearly have never read it in the first place. We the people have the right to throw off a TYRANNICAL , OPPRESSIVE government. The Civil War (contrary to what you are taught in Federally funded schools ) was not over slavery, it was initiated because of a Federal Government overstepping it's allocated powers. That being said ,NO I don't agree with slavery . I believe EVERY Human being has the right to be free.

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  13. well, the Cultures will still be intact, so yes there is going to be diversity.

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  14. actually the OP is correct. our skin pigmentation is reflected by where we originate. Africans are darker because they live closer to the equator, which means they're close to the sun, same thing with Brazilians. White people come from Europe which is farther from the sun. due to interbreeding recently we will very likely all be one color one day. <3, an anthropologist

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  15. Ron, Go talk to James Traficant, and see,"or ",remember what he said, " HELL, You defended him in the house??

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  16. Ron Paul: You're Not FREE if you Can't Secede from an Oppressive Government

    “In a free country, governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. When the people have very clearly withdrawn their consent for a law, the discussion should be over. If the Feds refuse to accept that and continue to run roughshod over the people, at what point do we acknowledge that that is not freedom anymore? At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government? And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?”

    Spread this 4 minute message like wildfire!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8RrBCT_NXI&feature=player_embedded

    My Take:

    The District of Columbia (Washington, DC) — where the White House and all Federal Governmental Agencies reside — have passed the point by their anti-American-anti-Constitution ACTIVITIES that they have FORFEITED THE RIGHT to be called the USA. De facto, THEY have already SECEDED from the Union by constitutional default, and any State that wants to secede from THEM is a State that wants to RETURN BACK to the original CONSTITUTIONAL USA!

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  17. If "we'll all be greyish brown" in 500 years that doesn't sounds like a lot of diveristy. I don't oppose people mixing races I don't have a secret racist agenda, I just find it ironic when proponents of "diversity" support everyone destroying their native cultures by mixing with larger outside ones. If all the Cherokee intermarry with Chinese, for example, there will be no more Cherokee. And so on with Icelanders, Danes, Zulus, etc.

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  18. Ron Paul needs to come out and support free speech for Whites.

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  19. GOOGLE: the controlled opposition fronts have played truthers like a fiddle

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  20. Texas shall stand together against federal tyrany.........

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