I just realized, the States do not have to secede. In fact, those who claim we can’t are correct, but I wonder whether they understand why they are correct (if you already understand this, please forgive what follows).
Well, I was thinking about how we can re-claim our liberty last night when it dawned on me. I started out with a continuation of my recent posts on natural rights and the social contract. I was thinking that the States don’t have to secede because there is nothing to secede from: the federal government broke the contract by encroaching on all the restrictions set forth in the Constitution. So, in my way of thinking, this means the union was dissolved and the States are already free. Then it dawned on me, and I immediately realized I should have seen and understood this long ago. We can no longer secede because we are no longer a union, no longer a federation. The States have been nationalized. In essence, we were conquered, and it goes back to Lincoln.
So I now understand: we do not need to secede because you don’t secede from tyranny, you have to free yourself from it. But the path to freeing ourselves from the tyranny in which we now find ourselves is very much the same as the path of secession. The States simply need to “quit” the national govt (note: I did not say federal govt.). Just quit. Tell their citizens they do not have to pay taxes or obey federal law, then defend against the govt. if/when it tries to enforce its will. If they stand ready to come to each others’ aid, all the better.
Just quit. And yes, it is that simple — if you have the courage to defend your liberty, that is. If you don’t… Well, in that case, you’d best get comfortable with those chains.