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.


  • Japan is 98% japanese and kicks non-japanese out all the time. China is 90% chinese and has strict immigration control. They have some of the worlds biggest economies. America was 89% white and had strict immigration control when it had the worlds biggest economy. America and all other white countries tried to make itself non-white. America has collapsed. If china tried to make itself non-chinese, don’t you think china would collapse? It’s genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white


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  • Secession is the founding principle of this country. We are only the result of secession. We decided it prudent to secede from England. Those who deny this cannot see past their nose, either backwards into history or forward into our totalitarian future. It’s now politically correct to undermine the very spiritus of freedom (voluntarism) so as not to offend black people. Hard to fathom why people hate themselves so fully that complete submission to system which hates them is optimal.

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  • Are you being intentionally obtuse? You remember that CIVIL WAR which followed the last secession attempt, right? Like I said, you live in a dream world.

  • Are you being intentionally disingenuous?

    A civil war is a CONFLICT where two sides fight for control of ONE government

    Secession merely requires that two parties not subject themselves to one another anymore, i.e. “sever”

  • well, in another reply i took the bombing thing back and suggested a purge of all secessionists in state offices instead

  • yeh, because anyone who doesn’t share your tinfoil hat worldview is a troll, right? sheesh…

  • Yeah, right, those bloodless civil wars are really common. Dude, you live in a dream world.

  • READ the Constitution of The United States and The Bill of Rights

    And you even suggesting BOMBING inside the United States is a crime AND actual bombing an act of treason.

  • Yes it is, it’s the prime example of a democracy, being able to create a new government if you feel like the current government is oppressive.

    I honestly think these people wanting to secede are just butthurt Romney supporters, but I still support them since secession is a state right.

  • Indefinite detention without a trial and search of private property without a warrant is constitutional?


  • Why should they get arrested for wanting to secesseding. What about freedom of speech? and bombing them? Yea cuz thats exactly what we need more war.

  • i detect a troll, surely.