Is Secession Now a Serious or Silly subject?

The South Shall Rise Again!

The South Shall Rise Again!

Folks in several states have been signing  petitions supporting secession, mostly since the election. This has been largely ignored, and assigned a tinfoil hat when it hasn’t. So is this worth some attention or is it nonsense? Well, it may not be very realistic; the last batch of  citizens who tried it lost the Civil War…but there is certainly a reasonable argument in American history and legal documents. Surprised?

President Lincoln was the last Chief Executive to face the issue and we know his view; he spent enough money and lives making that clear. And we mostly consider that the end of the matter. But is it?  The seceded South, defeated, was forcibly reinstated in the Union and the official position since has been that the South never really left. Sort of. A little murky there. If the South never left, where did the Union get the authority to occupy and administer the defeated South and especially, take charge of its property? Constitutionally protected property, surely? Hmnn… carpetbaggers, huh? Yeah…

Then too, the pesky Declaration of Independence says people have the God-given and so unalienable right to change or replace their government. Doesn’t that cover secession? America certainly seceded from the British Empire, didn’t it? If a state can’t secede from the U.S, then how did America secede from Great Britain? History is famously written by the winners, right? I suspect that, if America had lost its revolutionary war, we’d be reading that its secession attempt was illegal.

One of the more unfortunate aspects of this secession thing is, a leading candidate with lots of petitioners, is Texas. Whereas there’s hardly a peep out of say, California. Texas has a decent, fairly hard-working and productive economy while California supports more welfare dependents than anywhere else and continues to spend more than it takes in  despite increasing taxes. That’s a reflection of the states’ union overlords, unions whose leaders are elected by members, not by taxpayers in general. The state’s constitution doesn’t allow deficits, so financial reporting there is economic science-fiction, or so it seems to me. A lot like its big brother in Washington… So, if you had to give up more solvent Texas or dead-broke California, which would you prefer to lose?

Still, it’s hard to blame Texans who don’t want to subsidize California welfare generosity. But in any case, you can see the forces levering the states apart. And levering at least some of them apart from Washington. States with larger percentages of churchgoers are being driven away from Washington too, by the Administrations’ current attacks on Catholic and Jewish religious practices re matters of birth control, abortion, gay marriage and, more quietly, circumcision. Federal attacks that seem to ignore the Bill of Rights.If you have heard that a tax on tea triggered the American Revolution, you might see in some of these current events, similarly inflammatory material.

We know Congress expects massive civil disorder; that’s why it has empowered the military to round up and imprison citizens without charges or due process. In such a clime, political ties loosen and economic strictures may interfere with significant reaction from the state. There’s no doubt our government is broke, operating only with borrowed and printed money. As economic conditions worsen and the Federal power is financially weakened, it seems reasonable that secession, laughable as that now appears, may take on a new reality. Or not. But the subject doesn’t seem quite so silly as it once did…

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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