Secession is treason? Independence is unAmerican? No. Exactly the opposite. What do you think you celebrate on July 4th, Independence Day every year? The greatest secession of them all! I suggest you reread the Declaration of Independence (you won’t have to go far, as I’ve included much of the rebellious demand for Liberty below) to remind yourself of what those original Signers and three percent fought for, because it was the principle of liberty for which they pledged, their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred HONOR. The definition of “secede” is: “To withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization.” To not be able to VOLUNTARILY withdraw membership is to be a subject…a slave. The Founders and III% would never have fought and died for such a self-imposed bondage.
Secession is unConstitutional? You mean, like the entire federal government is actually (in reality and in practice) unlawful and UNCONSTITUTIONAL?! In truth, the entire Constitution is based upon the concept of governance OF, BY, and FOR the people. The government exists to serve OUR will, not the politicians, not the elite, not itself. It is a servant of the free, independent, and sovereign states and thus are subject to them (not the other way around). ALL political power is inherent in The People.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Would you be one to claim that you know more about the Constitution and its original intent than James Madison, the Father of the Constitution? Consider his words : “Given these facts, secession is equally allowable, since this principle too can appeal to the original sovereignty of the peoples of the states. What’s more, since no power to prevent secession was ever delegated to Congress, and since secession is not prohibited to the states, it remains a reserved right of the states under the Tenth Amendment. The resolution [of 1798] of the General Assembly [of Virginia] relates to those great and extraordinary cases, in which all the forms of the Constitution may prove ineffectual against infractions dangerous to the essential right of the parties to it.” – James Madison, the Virginia Report of 1800.
Furthermore, the federal government was NEVER meant to usurp the political power of each SOVEREIGN state, nor that of The People (refer to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments above again) – and yet today it most certainly has in ways our Founding Fathers would’ve revolted against long ago. To quote Jeff Sadighi: “The federal government has refused both to perform its duties to the States and to honor the limitations placed on it by the States when they created an administrate entity with very limited, enumerated powers to SERVE them by ratifying the Constitution. A creation is never more powerful than its creators…” “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” -Patrick Henry
Independence is “entirely constitutional” as guaranteed in the Texas State Constitution:
Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.
Sec. 2. INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.
Or reference the powerful and awe-inspiring words of the US Declaration of Independence:
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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, 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. 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.
Perhaps those rebellious words words make you extremely uncomfortable. Perhaps you would never have agreed to sign such a rebel declaration then… or today. That’s okay. Be you. To be so indoctrinated in thought and enslaved mind is akin to Stockholm syndrome and is entirely historically predictable and easily understood. Every liberty movement faces its fiercest opposition from those who so desperately want to preserve their own bonds – and everyone else’s too. After all, the Founding Fathers had their Hon. John Dickinson (http://www.ushistory.org/declaratio…) and today we have….YOU?
For those you you still thinking and analyzing and studying, consider the Texas Declaration of Independence which cites SELF-PRESERVATION as a divine right:
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression.
….In such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable rights of the people to appeal to first principles, and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme cases, enjoins it as a right towards themselves, and a sacred obligation to their posterity, to abolish such government, and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their future welfare and happiness.
…The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation.
Take your pick. It’s all the same language – that of Liberty – which too many have forgotten or never knew. The right of self-determination and self-governance is the foundation of the former Republic of Texas AND the former United States of America. Both have passed away but may still yet be reborn in a spirit of Liberty, but only by those who retain the spirit of rebellion bequeathed us by our Founding Fathers of both Texas and the United States. Don’t make the mistake of accusing Liberty-loving patriots of being treasonous. That makes you a Tory and you would’ve been accusing the Founding Fathers of the same – and that would’ve placed you THEN and NOW on the WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY. And NEVER make the mistake of believing that Liberty is forbidden in either Constitution, because it is NOT.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams
Every single one of our Founding Fathers was a “traitor” to the Crown – they all committed “treason” according to the oppressive monarchy. So what would our Founding Fathers do? They would free themselves from tyranny. THAT IS OUR LEGACY.
In closing, I would remind you all of one of the lines in the Texas Declaration of Independence that I believe is as true today as it was then, with one small tweak to change “Mexican” to “American” in the conclusion:
“We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion, that the American people have acquiesced in the destruction of their liberty… that they are unfit to be free, and incapable of self government.”