November 21, 2014

SECESSION: WHAT’S IN A NAME?

I no longer trust our electoral process; news venues; entertainment industry, schools or courts, and I darn sure do not trust our federal government

“A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just.”

“Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. …We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” (Italics added)—Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) “Letter From a Birmingham Jail

“Where a people contend not for glory or conquest; where they take every method to avoid an alternative so disagreeable; yet where they cannot preserve their lives, their liberties, their estates and their religion, without “resisting unto blood,” they are to do so. If they do not, they offend against GOD, and voluntarily sacrifice the birthright which He has given them.”—Peter Thatcher (1752-1802) “A Sermon Preached Before the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company” June 3, 1793

“Lincoln said he had taken an oath to preserve the Union, but he was mistaken. He had taken not an oath to preserve the Union, but rather an oath to preserve the Constitution, and the Constitution did not in 1861, and does not now, prohibit the secession of an American state.”—Donald W. Livingston “The Secession Tradition In America

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”—William Shakespeare (1564-1616) “Romeo and Juliet” Act II. Scene II.

I am still not convinced that secession is the best remedy for what ails us, but I have been doing some thinking along those lines, and in this article I will share some of my thoughts with you. Secession is not my idea of a good time, but there it is, and here we are.

Right down the line I have advocated measures that would put the USA back on the track toward being a free republic—short of a bloody civil war. It may well be that secession is the last chance “we the people” have for avoiding such a catastrophic outcome.

Some people shy away from the notion of secession because “it will divide people.” In case you haven’t noticed, permit me to point out that we are already a house divided,” and the divisions to all appearances are irreconcilable.

Other people oppose secession because “it would mean the end of the United States.” Here is where the above quote by Shakespeare comes in. It is from the play “Romeo and Juliet,” and has Juliet telling Romeo that she loves him, not his name —that she is interested in who he is, not what label he goes under.

As Juliet puts it, a rose would be a rose no matter what you name it. Conversely, just because you label something a certain way does not change its reality. For example, one might call the malodorous carrion plant amorphophallus perrieri “The Pink Rose of Madagascar,” but it will nonetheless still stink of rotting meat and feces. Certainly it will not “smell as sweet” simply because it has been labeled “a rose.”

All of which is by way of leading up to the fact that the name the “United States of America,” or the acronym “USA,” are just labels, and do not necessarily reflect the reality behind them—or rather, the reality that should be behind them; the reality that was originally handed down to us by those who fought, bled and died in the “Revolutionary War.”

America no longer stands for liberty, free enterprise, American exceptionalism, and God—it now stands for welfare, lawfare, warfare, Godlessness, and globalism

The name “United States of America” no longer stands for what it once did. It no longer stands for liberty, free enterprise, American exceptionalism, and God—it now stands for welfare, lawfare, warfare, Godlessness, and globalism. It stands for an ever-dwindling middle-class and an oligarchy of overlord elites. It stands for an arrogant and bloated bureaucracy lording it over “we the people” with blatant disdain and disregard for rules of law and liberty. The name, the label, “USA” no longer represents anything worth fighting for. FREEDOM is worth fighting for, not outdated labels.

The United States did not exist as such when the “Declaration of Independence” was written—nor was there any Washington DC, or US Constitution. The Founders made it up as they went along. They did not fight and die for the United States—there was no United States—they fought and died for freedom. They did not put their lives and fortunes on the line for the “USA”—they did so for liberty. They did what they did so that they could shatter the shackles of tyranny and live as free men and women. “Live free or die”—ring any bells?

I mention all this because I can envisage an argument starting over who has the rights to the name “USA.” Let the liberals keep the name if they want, and the welfare, warfare, and lawfare for which it stands—and we’ll keep the values and principles which it used to represent.

Any new republic that is to rise from the ashes of the old must be founded in liberty, and led by men and women of courage, wisdom, foresight, and vision. They must, like the original Founders, be able to think outside the box, yet have the wisdom to retain that which is time-tested and valuable from our past. Personally, I would recommend taking the “Declaration of Independence” and “US Constitution” along on any new endeavor.

I do not mean to make light of the topic—secession is a serious matter. Thomas Jefferson noted that “Prudence…will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” (Italics added)

To frame Jefferson’s words in modern language—you had better have some darn good reasons for dissolving the bonds with your existing form of government. People will put up with a lot of aggravation before bestirring themselves to take to the streets, because throwing off the chains of tyranny is a major undertaking. It took the colonists untold hardships and eight long years to throw off their shackles. God knows how long it would take us. Longer? Shorter? I have no idea.

What about working things out through give and take—working with liberals to reach some mutually agreeable compromise? That may have been feasible in the past, but any more the liberal idea of “give and take” is we give and they take. The chasm separating the Makers from the Takers; the moochers from producers, has become too wide for any further meaningful dialogue. It is what it is.

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