OK, now that I have made the case for secession, let me address the alternative – as I see it. But I’ll warn you from the start, there will be many who read this who will oppose it just as strongly as they oppose my arguments for secession, and for pretty much the same reasons: self-interest.
I start by reminding you of the words of a former Speaker of the House, Robert Winthrop:
“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”
This is universally true: people will either be held in check by an internal moral compass, or they will be kept in check by the force of government. I have made this case here, but I maintain there is no possibility of morality without a common belief in a transcended Creator. By their words and their actions, Progressives have rejected any possibility of an internal moral restraint as they believe in secular humanism and new age spirituality – both of which are the negation of universal morality. This only leaves the sword to control people under a Progressive form of government.
But there is nothing moral about the socialist model of a welfare State. Utah wrote about this here. There is nothing moral about a constituency that votes for someone because that person promises to “give them stuff.” You can paint it however you like and twist your definition of “fairness” however you need to fit your purposes, but you still have to steal the labor from one person to give it to another and that is immoral because it violates natural law. Nor is there anything moral about forcing your ideology on others, but when it is done in the name of morality, it becomes evil incarnate. Forcing someone to act against their own conscience when they would otherwise leave others alone if allowed to follow their conscience is a violation of natural law. The only justification for violating a person’s conscience – or free will – is if that person has or actually is violating the rights of others. In other words, if there is no tangible harm, there is no morality in forcing someone to comply with your idea of how things should be. Democracy does not change this. This makes democracy a violation of natural law by trampling both natural rights and the rules of logic/reason.
Our founders recognized this and, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, they pinned the governance of this nation to our ability to adhere to the Biblical principles of morality and governance. Adams is only one of many who positively asserted this position:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
–John Adams, Address to the Military, October 11, 1798
However, the secular humanist view of Progressivism has led us to a point where God has been forcibly evicted from the public arena. Once God was kicked from our public discourse, it was easier to convince the people to follow their own desires than it was when society still supported each other in trying to follow the moral compass that is the Gospel of Christ. This has led us to the point where people now think it is moral to send the government to steal for them, thus turning the government against a minority of its own citizens so as to purchase the votes of those receiving those stolen goods. The sociao decay we have experienced can be directly connected to this point where we removed God from our public life. You can find the evidence here. Our founders were also very clear in warning us that, if we were to remove God and the Biblical teachings or right and wrong from our society, we would find ourselves exactly where we now find ourselves. Again, the words of John Adams:
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet’ and `Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.
Justly and legally earned income and wealth are property. The welfare state violates the property rights of those who are forced to provide for others.
Adams also said:
[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.
Those words speak directly to the “what’s right for you may not be right for me” attitude that has arisen in the vacuum caused when God was kicked out of our lives and society lost its common understanding of right and wrong. Adams was also speaking directly to the Progressive push away from the Constitution’s original checks and balances and toward a direct democracy. In short, with those two quotes, Adams summed up the state of modern America – he even told us how and why we would get here. Therefore, I submit that, if we are not to secede yet we still want to save the idea of America, we must return to our founders’ formula for successful self-governance.
So how did our founders do it? Again, they told us. In fact, they told the world. From the Declaration of Independence:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
They not only pledged themselves to each other, which means they pledged to protect each other’s natural rights and liberty, but – most of all and listed first – they appealed to God: asking for his blessing and protection. In fact, this theme is repeated all throughout our founding and our founding documents. We need but look for it to find it, but it is most assuredly there.
However, in our rebellion to God and arrogance in believing we can design a better system than the natural law by which this world was designed to work, we have created our current mess. This mess is a God-size problem. We can’t “fix it” because we made it by trying to “fix it.” No, the truth is, a God-size problem needs a God-sized solution.
What we need to do is humble ourselves, repent and seek God’s forgiveness and His promise of restoration:
2 Chronicles 7:14
New International Version (NIV)
14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This brings us to what will no doubt be the really controversial aspect of this post. If we want to save the ideal of America, then we need to pay attention to our elected officials and vote the principles of the Bible, but even more important than this, we need to return to the most important command Christ gave us:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Great Commission
19 [a]Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [b]always, even to the end of the age.”
That is our choice: either accept Progressive rule and the slavery that goes with it; secede and try to do it on our own – in which case we will most surely fail again – or evangelize and leave the rest to Christ and the Holy Spirit.