Which do you love more: The U.S., or liberty? Whether you like it or not, I think the time has finally arrived where we all have to make this decision. The divide in this nation has reached a point where it can no longer be bridged. The divide is simply too great. Half of the country now lives off the other half and has no reason to change. Instead, they have every reason to increase their oppression of the half being forced to support them. Slavery has returned to America – just as Franklin said it would as soon as the people realized they could vote themselves other peoples’ money. What’s more, the half who are now the slave masters have rationalized their actions: they’re convinced they are morally justified in trampling the rights of others – especially the minority groups they created (i.e. “the rich,” “Conservatives,” etc). And the resulting policies have bankrupted the nation and will soon drag us into total collapse and, finally, ruin – which is exactly what the leaders of these new slave masters say they want: the destruction of this nation as founded. The only way to save the union is to eliminate the new slave masters and their leaders, and there is no way to do that without massive bloodshed on both sides. So, I ask you again: do you want to stay with a doomed nation merely for the sake of keeping the union together, or are you ready to face the hard reality that preserving individual rights and liberty will mean facing the reality of secession?
An RNL reader recently had a discussion with me about what we do when the government finally gets around to coming for our weapons, and I told him I no longer thought we were the people we would need to be to successfully defend ourselves. I still don’t – not if we’re talking about the nation as a whole. Taken as a national populace, any attempt to defend ourselves from such a government transgression would end in the French Revolution, not the American. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There doesn’t have to be any violence at all. Those of us who still embrace the ideals and principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the rule of law that is our Constitution can take both and go our separate ways. The rest of the nation, the part that believes in big government and social justice would then be free to go theirs. This way, there would be no cause for violence – unless one side wanted to affirm the accusations of the other and resort to the aggressive use of violence to force the other side to stay with the union (a la President Lincoln).
So, I propose that we do just this: vote – State by State – on secession. It’s actually permitted by the Constitution. The founders – you know, they guys who actually wrote the document – said that the States retained the right to leave the union (incidentally, this is a direct condemnation of Lincoln). Those States whose people want to retain their government welfare; social justice and government-granted privileges can vote to remain with the Union. Those whose people chose to retain a constitutional republican form of government as well as individual rights and liberty can vote to secede. Both sides will then hold themselves bound to the results. After all, if the States are sovereign, they have the right to control their own destiny – including whether or not they secede from the union. The only thing the people of those States that vote to secede need to understand is that they will NOT retain their government welfare programs in the new nation formed by the States that’s secede. If an individual wishes to continue drawing social security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, etc, they will need to move to one of the States that remain in the union. Conversely, those citizens who did not wish to remain in the union would have to move out of its border. In both cases, this might require them to abandon any property they may own in whatever region they are fleeing. Every citizen will need to factor all of these things in to their personal decision as to which side they choose.
There would then be an added benefit to this move. After the vote is made and the people move according to the results of the vote and their personal desires, we could then assume that each new nation will be composed of like-minded people. This should provide an immediate measure of harmony in each new nation. Presumably, this should end the conflict between each side that now exists in our society. But more importantly, if one side should then seek to force its will on the other, that side would have to initiate the use of force against the other. At that point, the character of each side would decide the outcome of the conflict, and here is where things would have changed from the way they are now.
If those of us who wish to retain the ideals and principles of our founding are correct, we will suddenly find ourselves in a much different society: a society where we actually live our ideals. We would have a better understanding of the principles of liberty, as well as our duty to our society imparted by those principles. What’s more, if attacked by the people of the old union, we could then legitimately claim the right of self-defense in resisting that attack. And, if we are correct about whom we claim to be as individuals, we might even be of sufficient faith and character to succeed in defending ourselves. And if we did, it would be a righteous use of force as we will not have started it, nor would we continue the violence should the other side withdraw. It would be they who start the violence.
This is where I think we are as a nation, and this is the only solution I can see that offers any chance of a peaceful resolution. Trying to “educate” the masses is not going to work. There is no time left, and – even if there were – the organization we face is too firmly ensconced. They control the very social institutions we would need to change the hearts and minds of the next generations, and they will not relinquish that control without a fight: a fight I am specifically trying to avoid. So, the choice is clear. Do we stick with a doomed nation for the sake of nostalgia, or do we face the reality in which we live and start petitioning our State governments to vote on secession?
I am dead serious about this.