The United States of America was founded upon the right of secession. The founding document of the New American Order – the Declaration of Independence – invokes this right. Thomas Jefferson’s below words, of course written in the year of our Lord 1776, will echo into eternity:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”
Now, of course the British Empire rejected the invocation of this right. They called the British colonists turned American nationals rebels and traitors, and waged war on them, and lost. The United States of America was thus born onto the world stage as an independent nation, capable of conducting its own commerce and alliances, including with England’s nemesis France, without the permission of King George III. The continued existence of American government and civilization is, undeniably, founded on the original invocation of this right.
In fact the Declaration of Independence is recognized as one the foundation of organic law in the United States. (1) It is part of the “fundamental law, or constitution, of a state or nation, written or unwritten.” (2).
In 1861, after the passing of so many rich historical events outside the relevance of this blog, the Union of American States faced a crisis. Slavery of course was an issue, though it was not the only issue. This crisis prompted eleven Southern States to invoke the right of secession, and declare themselves as part of a new order, known as the Confederate States of America. Abraham Lincoln rejected this right. He considered the Constitutional Union as undissolvable. He said, “The States have their status in the Union, and have no other legal status.” (3) He determined the states to be in rebellion, and invaded the South to maintain the Union. The Confederacy fiercely resisted, considering themselves in the right, as many of them believed they were fighting a Second War of Independence. After all, Americans had been called rebels and traitors before.
Of course the Confederacy lost. A full analysis of the arguments, of the Union and Confederacy, that led to this war is not completely pertinent herein. Regardless, though the president before Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, called the slave states “sovereign states”, and explicitly stated, “it is beyond the power of any President… to restore peace and harmony among the States…” (4), Abraham Lincoln had a different opinion. The Union’s victory and Reconstruction thereafter set in motion a course of American Doctrine that the States do not have the right to secede.
It is believed the Civil War settled this dispute forever. Those who question this are demonized by academia, the press, the government, and people in general. They are called extremists and white supremacists. They are called worse. The idea is promulgated that the District of Columbia’s plenary control of the American landmass is a fixed star like the North Star. It is as permanent as Rocky Mountains and Pacific Oceans. It is unquestionable. Only reprobates question the illegitimacy of secession.
Of course I disagree. After all, government is an abstraction. It is a relationship between men and women based upon words and ideas. Well, times change. Ideas in the minds of men and women change. Because the American Union, at its essence, is not a real thing in nature, but an abstraction based upon ideas in peoples’ minds, of course it can be contemplated, questioned and, yes, even changed.
And let me be clear. I am not a neo-Confederate. I don’t think the South will rise again. I am not a white supremacist, and I sure don’t believe in slavery – the notion that people can be treated as commodities – in any form.
So, did Lincoln’s war forever answer the question of secession? No. Of course it did not.
Now, I am going to avoid the nuances of legalese wrangling around the Constitution that Abraham Lincoln and other skilled lawyers could perhaps embarrass me with. Perhaps such avoidance is impertinent, immature, immoral and downright stupid. But hear me out. Let me speak.
Are a people forever obligated to suffer under tyrants?
Are they forever obligated to suffer endless violations of their most sacred rights to life, liberty and property at the hands of their government, even though the prime directive of American Government is to secure those rights, as per Jefferson’s above words?
Are they forever obligated to suffer arbitrary and ultimately depraved dictates completely outside constitutional legislative processes, that all serve the purpose of radically undermining their religion, their morals, their values, their traditions, their families and all semblances of a good life?
No. Of course not.
Look, I’m not trying to be Thomas Jefferson. If you’ve never read The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, you should. You should read his perfect articulations of King George III’s violations of law and order that caused the American War of Independence. They are great history. They also demonstrate that I could never attain his intelligence and wisdom.
But you don’t need to be Thomas Jefferson to understand that when a government begins to act in a manner similar to the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany or Maoist China, a people, regardless of whatever spellbinding words lawyers and politicians contrive to make their tyrannies and depravities seem legitimate, do not have the obligation to suffer under such literal hell. They have a right to secede from a depraved order. They have a right to protect themselves, and all those they love, from a Hitler or Stalin or Mao. If secession is the only way to do this, after all other attempts have been exhausted, of course they have this right.
Before what is called “law” are rights.
Rights of the individual trump the state. They are the highest standard upon which to determine the morality of the actions of all governments. The recognition of the rights of the individual as morally superseding the power of the state is one of the pillars of Western Civilization. This recognition ultimately emanates from the dignity Jesus Christ declared all men to have as loved creations of God, which lit fire to a faith that stood in defiance of Caesars, and conquered an Empire through declarations of righteousness the world had never heard before. Ultimately, as Jefferson stated, as the Bible exalts, our rights come from God. No man or woman – be they a king, fuhrer, general secretary, emperor, prime minister or president – is righteous in depriving another of his God-given and unalienable rights. Period.
The idea that the issue of secession has forever been settled in The United States of America is, essentially, to say that Americans are morally obligated in perpetuity to suffer tyrants at the District of Columbia without final recourse, because the right to secession, which is that final recourse in protecting their God-given rights, doesn’t exist.
This is idiotic. It is legalese and verbal diarrhea. It is the poison of the tongues of venomous snakes. It is Satan’s deceptive nature trying to make itself seem legitimate, even righteous. The fact is that a people undeniably have a right to protect themselves. Of course a people have the ultimate right to secede. The state is not God. God is God.
Now, of course, the disruptions to society, and the potential for hellish circumstances of civil war, resulting from secession are terrible merely to comprehend, much less experience. Jefferson in the Declaration further said, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.” Of course I agree. And I am not herein explicitly stating we Americans in this 2021st year of our Lord should actively pursue some form of secession to protect our right from the depravity emanating from the District of Columbia.
HOWEVER, talk of such is no longer unwarranted. Jefferson continues, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evince a design to reduce them (the American people) under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Vaccine passports have prompted this post. They are arguably the most depraved violations of rights I’ve witnessed in my almost 45 years of life. They are pure evil. They are the stuff of genocide. They are the essence of the Mark of the Beast. They must be resisted.
They are merely one of a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, and evince a design to us Americans under absolute despotism. This is why talk of secession is no longer unwarranted.
Of course, I believe the evil ones in control of the Federal Government are promulgating this depravity for the sake of irreconcilable division and, consequently, strife. I believe they would love to see a civil war in America so that UN soldiers could enter the fray and forever maintain the American landmass under UN, not Constitutional, law. Thus, perhaps what I am saying is falling into their trap. May God help me.
May God help us all. An appeal to heaven is warranted here.
It is my opinion that March of 2020 was the beginning of some of the most radical changes to humanity ever witnessed after the Flood. Many agree. Many disagree. Many don’t care. Many just want a return to normalcy at any price. But this is what I think.
Truly, truly, peace I crave; normalcy I crave; freedom I crave. But not at any price. Not for the price of my soul.
And that is what is really at stake for all of us right now.
- Wikipedia article on “Organic Law” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_law#:~:text=From%20Wikipedia%2C%20the%20free%20encyclopedia%20For%20other%20uses%2C,form%20of%20organic%20law%20for%20a%20sovereign%20state.
- Black’s Law Dictionary, Revised 4th Edition. Page 1251. West Publishing Company. St. Paul, Minnesota. Copyright 1968.
- Documents of American History, Seventh Edition. Volume I. By Henry Steele Commager. Page 394. Meredith Publishing Company. New York, New York. Copyright 1963.
- Documents of American History, Seventh Edition. Volume I. By Henry Steele Commager. Page 367. Meredith Publishing Company. New York, New York. Copyright 1963.
- An Appeal to Heaven. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/231951188048-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
- NOTE: A good explanation of the origin and use of the Appeal to Heaven flag can be found at the following Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Tree_Flag#:~:text=Appeal%20To%20Heaven%20The%20phrase%20is%20a%20particular,the%20theory%20of%20the%20divine%20right%20of%20kings.