"We the people" have our marching orders, the only question is, do we still have the backbone and grit of the Founders
How to Secede and Prosper
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“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them 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.”—The Declaration of Independence, 1776
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” —Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865),16th President of the United States
“We [the people] own this country.”—Clint Eastwood (August 31, 2012)
Reportedly, all fifty states now have petitions to secede from the bureaucratic monstrosity that goes under the name “The United States of America.” In point of fact, “we the people” have no need for any petitions—our “permission” to secede is written into the “Declaration of Independence” (see above).
“We the people” have our marching orders, the only question is, do we still have the backbone and grit of the Founders—who did not just talk the talk, but walked the walk. “With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence”, they pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor—and they backed up their words with actions. Does anyone still consider honor to be sacred? Is anything sacred?
Basically what has torn our country apart are the irreconcilable differences between the Makers (conservatives) and the Takers (liberals); between the moochers and producers. It is the Makers—the small business men and women, entrepreneurs, and risk takers—who are the backbone of any free-market economy.
When you take away the incentive to produce from the Makers through excessive rules, regulations, and taxes, then the only way to ensure that they continue to produce is through force. Failed experiments in collectivism have shown us this truth—violently, cruelly, bloodily—time and time again. The Takers refuse to see it.
Many of the Taker class do very well for themselves as a result of being employed in what Evan Sayet terms “The Rhetorical Industries”—that is, they are master manipulators of rhetoric, of words—such as media pundits, politicians, journalists, academics, and so on. They have polished the art of bulls—t to such an extent that it dazzles with its sheen. Because all they produce is words, when they are wrong (as they often are) they pay no price for it—but “we the people” pay for their mistakes, and do we ever.
Many of “we the people” are fed up with the Taker’s BS, and have said enough is enough. About a year ago I wrote a short series of articles on the topic of secession (”Time to Break Apart the United States?,” “Breaking Apart the United States: Part II,” and “Breaking Apart America: Map of the CSA and FSA”). It appears that now might be a good time to briefly revisit the topic.
Although the idea of leaving the Takers to stew in their own juices has more than a passing appeal, I am still not sure if secession is the best route for “we the people” to take—that is, if tearing apart the union is the way to go. What I am sure of is that (as I mentioned in my previous articles) game plans should be in place for the formation of a new country should things fall apart—game plans ready to be implemented at the drop of a hat.
It is all well and good for Texas, for example, to talk about secession, but why stop there? Would not a new country that extends from Texas to (and possibly through) Alaska, and has ports on both coasts, be a much more powerful and therefore defensible proposition? I believe it would behoove all concerned—whether states or provinces—to have mutually beneficial pacts or agreements in place, should the need for a united front arise.
Leave most of the Northeast and the “left coast” to the Takers—they are a financial drain on the Makers anyway. Leave them Detroit, Chicago, and a few other choice spots of real estate as well. “We the people” would be well rid of them—boy, and how.
But the same cannot be said of the Takers. Without the producers the moochers will starve. This is why any Maker nation that might arise must have strong defensive walls to keep the Takers out. “We the people” once had such “walls”—the “Declaration of Independence” and “The US Constitution”—but we let them fall into disregard and disrepair, did we not? We must not allow that to happen again.
In any event, I say keep the petitions for secession coming, but know that if push comes to shove, “we don’t need no stinking petitions”—we already have our marching orders, and “we the people” should be prepared to march on any given day.