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. If the government keeps trying to circumvent the constitution by every means possible, Texas should have the right to circumvent a federal government that is abusing the constitution and the executive branch's authority. Texas, primarily, due to its own clause with regards to any tyrannical & abusive federal government,,has a constitutional right to leave the USA whenever the federal government does not please them. Texas keeps Washington in check!

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  2. Territories vote voluntarily to become states and join the Union so why can't they vote to voluntarily leave? How can you say we are free if the government has the right to kill people who wish to peacefully seperate themselves from the union? I don't see a prohibition on secession anywhere in the Constitution, do you?

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  3. yes, perhaps i exaggerated a little in my anger. fair point. scratch the bombings. a purge of secessionists in state positions is certainly in order though!

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  4. Nothing about this has anything to do with race.

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  5. Why are you against diversity and in favor of everyone becoming the same?

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  6. If someone leaves a room does that "destroy" everyone else who stays in the room? You are an idiot.

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  7. Why do you like murder?

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  8. you are the enemy of the republic

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  9. The Anti-racists are the new racists now

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  10. I wish for Texas and other states to be separated from the zionist corrupted governement.

    Greetings from Canada

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  11. I love America SO MUCH! So lets secede because I hate all those evil liberals so much, then our ignorant state can become some third world backwater, a real testament to the white race and the American way

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  12. No, dude, I agreed with you ! baaah! baaah!

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  13. all this secession talk is disgusting! everyone involved should be arrested and the state capitals of all the states involved should be bombed as a warning!

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  14. Such thin skin. And since when is fact a sign of craziness? You must be one who gets all of their propaganda from the Corporate Party media. That truly is crazy. I lost that craziness when I moved overseas.

    Did you know there were several tons of iron microspheres in the 9/11 dust? That means controlled demolition. Office fires can't melt steel or iron. Did you know that WTC7 collapsed at perfect free fall for at least 2 seconds. That means controlled demolition. What's crazy is ignoring facts.

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  15. So you want anarchy? Good Texas could go back to Mejico and become Tejas again That would be such a blow for freedom

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  16. (2) PsychopathicRaptor

    RNC Scripted:
    youtube (dot) com/watch?v=f2O248VaDpA

    DNC Scripted:
    youtube (dot) com/watch?v=nxNg3u70FnY

    Erosion has spelled the death of voting and Roberts Rules of Order in both halves of the Corporate Party.

    Only a handful of stories? And if you're in one of those stories? That would suck pretty bad to be incarcerated indefinitely, killed by executive order, or tossed in prison for a decade for protesting.

    Not so bad? Goebbels whispered that to Hitler.

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  17. Yeah, those Paulbots want their freedom, liberty, rights, property and all that stupid garbage. They should just give in to the government and accept the fake paradigms thrust upon us normal sheeple.

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  18. Oh I'm sorry... I didn't realize I was dealing with a crazy person. I'll leave now.

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  19. The Bush administration showed much more force and tyranny than the Obama administration has so far. How come none of you rednecks wanted to secede back then, eh?

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  20. (1) PsychopathicRaptor

    LOL! Perhaps you haven't seen 9/11 -- Americans murdering Americans and blaming it on Al Qaeda (CIA) "terrorists." Osama didn't do it. Said as much later that month. FBI didn't have enough evidence to add 9/11 to his list of crimes on their website. And Al Qaeda couldn't have prepared all 3 WTC bldgs with controlled demolition without CIA, IRS, SEC and Bush family security company knowing about it. Oops!

    And those 2 most recent presidential conventions?

    cont'd...

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