Cause for Secession: A Lesson Learned from History

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Robert e Lee Secede

Since the re-election of Obama there has been much hatred arising, specifically within the conservative states, due to suffering through another four years of anti-Christian morals, unrighteous wars, abuse of a national economy, and the advancement of a secular kingdom. If you want to see where America’s destination is, look towards the east at socialist Europe. The once held Biblical principles of God given human rights has now been contorted and changed to fit a collectivist philosophy, specifically one that taxes others to provide for the lazy and needy. During the second and third year of Obama’s term, most conservatives thought Obama would definitely be thrown out of the White House, possibly even impeached before then.

However, Obama maintained his office as President and continued his power trip to remove fundamental, God given rights from Americans and give “free” benefits to those who worship the State. All of these things in conjunction have led individuals states, such as Texas, to seriously consider secession, a legal act of separating from the Union, or United States (a concept commonly overlooked and rarely remembered) because of the federal governments destructive power.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

The United States of America is a union of states, implying that state rights overrule federal rights, per authority of the 10th amendment.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” – 10th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Since the Constitution grants power to destroy a destructive government, whether it be by abandonment or by usurping, the former being the preferred means to that end, the 10th amendment then is clear as to give the states authority to secede. This is not a new idea, being that the War Between the States (northern and southern states) was due to secession. The war was not a civil war or called the Civil War, because in order for a war to be considered civil would imply that it were a nation fighting against itself. This war was between the Union and the Confederate States of America (CSA), two completely different nations that had severed all ties by secession. The federal government does not own Georgia, nor Texas, rather the federal government is in theory supposed to represent a mutual interest of the states. In our time, the most recent and probably largest movement of secession was that of the Soviet Union but most relevant to us as Americans is the American Revolution; that was an act of secession that we cherish and admire still today.

There is a massive stumbling block of ignorance, streamlined by the public school system, that is crucial to understanding and solving our problems in America today. Government schools turn history upside down, teaching and loudly defending the lie that the War Between the States (WBS) was about the abolition of slavery. The mass population is so conditioned to accept this that to even question it would be a sign of racism and bigotry. The Emancipation Proclamation, the supposed document that freed the slaves, in reality did not free slaves, on the contrary it established slavery for western states.

“And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.” – Emancipation Proclamation

The designated states listed in the previous paragraph are the states existing in the CSA, a nation that Lincoln had no say or jurisdiction in. What Abraham Lincoln did is just what our government does; polices the world, makes demands with threats of violence and props up intimidation as a means of influence. So this document didn’t free slaves, rather it was a hypocritical document that maintained northern slavery. In contrast, the Constitution of the Confederate States of America (you know the ones that seceded?) did more to end the slave trade, as it prohibited further advancement of the trade.

Section 9 – Limits on Congress, Bill of Rights

1. The importation of negroes of the African race from any foreign country other than the slaveholding States or Territories of the United States of America, is hereby forbidden; and Congress is required to pass such laws as shall effectually prevent the same.

2. Congress shall also have power to prohibit the introduction of slaves from any State not a member of, or Territory not belonging to, this Confederacy.” – Constitution of the Confederate States of America

So if the WBS was not about slavery, what was it about? The war was about exactly what we’re seeing today; a greedy, intimidating, and suppressing government that undermines individual liberty given to man by God. Secession is nothing outside of our American heritage; it is our heritage. As Americans we have always refused to submit to tyranny with vision of true prosperity and hope. Without a conviction to resist Big Brother, we will all likewise fall under the bonds of slavery to the State.

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Evan Wheeler is a seminary student at The North American Reformed Seminary and a part-time evangelist, seeking support to be full-time. Evan says, "I hope to be used by God to glorify Him in all things and that everything I write and say be pleasing in His sight."
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