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. Just the same way you sound like a typical feeble minded waspy white trash bigot like the rest of the Paulbot base in Texas

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  2. USSA? Really, now? You want to form a new country? Just because Obama is president?

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  3. *your

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  4. spoken like a man that knows freedom and tyranny both.... if ya dont understand its ok though! you can stay on the govt tit and be ruled in every aspect

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  5. Spoken like a good Zionist.

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  6. Figures Texas would take the lead, they have the most inbred ignorant morons

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  7. You're fuckin retarded so you're offspring don't have to worry about being eliminated by genocide they have to worry about being passed down a sub par IQ

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  8. I'm surprised no one has called for CSA 2012(I'm Not Calling for it.). I mean Liberals switched banners before, now their in charge of our Stars and Stripes.

    Look at these petitions I was expecting people to threaten to secede from the U.S. after the election.

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  9. I will be listening to all of your weekly addresses... (possible to improve the sound quality?)

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  10. rushersftw :"His true goal was to awaken masses and deliver the message of liberty. He's accomplished that." wrong our goal was to awaken the masses we've been doing that from 2008 and four years after. Ron Paul's goal by his own admission was to take it all the way to the White House and represent us. All Paul did is take the money and run. You need to wake up and call a spade a spade. Ron Paul screwed US !

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  11. Thank you based god

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  12. Thank you, Dr. Paul.

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  13. No, we will not "all be greyish brown in 500 years." Blacks and asians are allowed to be black and asian. Only white a targeted with this "we'll all be greyish brown in 500 years" crap. It's genocide. It's a way of getting whites to accept their genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

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  14. Who cares about white? Get over it... we'll all be greyish brown in 500 years. If you're holding on to color... you're in the stone age, time to join us in the present.

    Genocide involves killing not fucking so quit acting like a whining little bitch and enjoy the variety of hot vaginas the world has to offer.

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  15. Blacks don't have to worry about becoming minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. Asians don't have to worry about becoming minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. Why would they? "Diversity" is never enforced on them. "Open borders" are never enforced on them. They will not "disappear" because they are not being targeted for genocide. Only whites are targeted with these policies. It's genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

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  16. When the good states leave the union, im moving for sure to whichever state has the lowest taxes/no taxes.

    I want a world with no income tax and no property tax.... a world where *gasp* you work and SAVE and invest in a future instead of perpetually getting deeper into debt just to be able to afford to keep what you already earned ten times over.

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  17. Ron Paul for the 2013 United SOUTHERN States of America

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  18. I never said that it did, tool. Learn to read in-between the lines.

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  19. Is it me or is user DooUC a troll?

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  20. I am simply pointing out your incorrect assumption of the Libertarian viewpoint on states rights. I am an American and I love this country. This is why I educate myself on what's going on with our country and how our tax dollars are being spent. If you are too lazy to educate yourself please don't talk shit to the people who do and are trying to make our country a better place to live. Who's advocating the destruction of anything? Libertarians aren't the ones dropping bombs in Iraq.

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