Monday, June 15, 2009
States' Rights and the Future of the Republic(s)
Some time ago a former KGB agent predicted the breakup of the USA. At the time I scoffed at his prediction, and wrote it off as a bitter rant from someone who wished the USSR was reunited and a global power. Yet after some thought (and reading Watchmen) I realized that there is no magical quality to the USA. There is absolutely no reason why the empire could not falter and dissolve. Here are some real organizations and signs about the roots of a new secession/States' rights movement not seen in my brief lifetime.
1. The Wall Street Journal on the dynamics of liberty and secession, and the future of the States in America.
2. The Christian Exodus, a secessionist movement based in S. Carolina. In their words: "The initial goal was to move thousands of Christian constitutionalists to South Carolina to accelerate the return to self-government based upon Christian principles at the local and State level."
3. The Patrick Henry Caucus was formed to organize legislators and find ways to strengthen the 10th Amendment. In their words: "We affirm that the federal government may exercise only those rights and powers that are specifically granted unto it by the Constitution and no others. We reassert the sovereignty and rights of the individual states."
4. The Free State Project was organized to concentrate the efforts of liberty-loving folk in one state, and use the political system to preserve and reinforce self-government. In their words: "...the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty, and property."
5. The Second Vermont Republic is, in their words, "... a nonviolent citizens' network and think tank opposed to the tyranny of Corporate America and the U.S. government, and committed to the return of Vermont to its status as an independent republic and more broadly to the dissolution of the Union."
There is a common thread in all of these organizations. Many Americans still identify with the concept of self-government. If there is one principle that the USA was founded upon, it is self-government. There is a strong undercurrent of conservatism in the USA. Democratic states (Vermont) and Republican states (New Hampshire) both desire to preserve their right to self-governance. The WSJ article makes a compelling case that things would be better if what we know to be the Union were broken up into several nation-states. I tend to agree.