You Want the Alternative to Secession?

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:

 

Matthew 28:19-20

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.

15 thoughts on “You Want the Alternative to Secession?

  1. “The first duty which is at this time imposed upon those who direct our affairs is to educate the democracy; to warm its faith, if that be possible; to purify its morals; to direct its energies; to substitute a knowledge of business for its inexperience, and an acquaintance with its true interests for its blind propensities; to adapt its government to time and place, and to modify it in compliance with the occurrences and the actors of the age.”

    -DeToquevile Democracy in America

  2. Joe, this may be your best argument yet. insightful, rational, and well referenced. also as you said, if we secede we will surely fail again. but try, always try to do good and live with a moral code. self deprivation is the enemy of man, and we will always be lured by our selfish nature. when our government is no longer held accountable to the laws they enforce on the people we have become slaves to the governors.

    • Tony,

      First, thanks :*)

      Second, I have found that it is infinitely more difficult to hold meaningful discussion in the blogosphere than it ever was in my liberal philosophy or sociology classes. Part of this stems from the fact that, without the immediate feedback of tone and body language, we miss vital clues that — try as I might — don’t seem to translate well in the written word. One of those things people miss — at least where I am concerned — is that I can make ANYONE’s argument.

      In this case, I actually am sympathetic to the secessionist movement, but I also understand it will not work. I was just doing my best to make the case as strongly as I can, and I will actually continue to do so as it serves to focus our attention on the real problems we face in this current political mess we call the USA.

      Now, if only our Leftist friends understood that, contrary to what they want to believe, I could write a similar post arguing their position so well that they would want to make me president — as long as they didn’t know I wrote it, that is. The only problem for them is that, because I know it well enough to do that, I also know it is all BS that can be dismantled with a few tugs on the bottom jenga block of their liberal house of cards. :-)

    • I got it and I even replied. Look for it and let me know if you did not get it. Thanks to a family squabble, most of my email accounts are now in a state of electronic flux. I may need to replace them — ALL of them :-(

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  4. The Secession Petitions are a reflection of widespread dissatisfaction with the Status quo. About that most on blogs such as this would agree. The opperative word is..”Widespread”.

    The sentiment….the energy …..of this reaction to the election can and should be Leveraged…..not necessarily for Secession….but as an ongoing abiding expression within a large part of the American populace of the Clear desire for Liberty. As with Santelli’s comment….this Secession sentiment and upsurge should be harnessed towards 2014.

  5. No. My only e-mails are from Daddy. Thank goodness one of the RNL boys loves me.

    How the hello does a family squabble cause your e-mails to go into a state of electronic flux? That would be a funny dance; the Electronic Flux. I believe I’ll have to get FL to join me in the Electronic Flux. Unfortunately, I think people will believe we’re referring to Venuzuelan voting machines. Ya know; the ones that we purchased and used for this election?

  6. I Agree. First of all, we who are believers in God’s morality and truth must first search our own hearts, pray to God to show us the sin in our lives and ask him to lead us to repentance. Then after we have gotten right with God, we must show our neighborsby example arighteous life and whenever an opportunity presents we must tell them the gospel of a free salvation through the Saviour, Jesus Christ. If we can do this faithfully, who knows what God may do? Then there may be hope once again for America.

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