The term “secession” today is strongly associated with inbred rednecks, racist KKK members, and “neo-confederates” who would like to revive the Confederate States of America. Yet, as Ron Paul points out, secession is a uniquely American principle. I say uniquely because the most successful secession in human history was the original secession of the American States — which quite literally resulted in the first American Civil War.
We aren’t fond of calling the American Revolution a civil war, but indeed, it was the first American Civil War, and it ended with complete independence from Great Britain for 13 independent countries, also known as States at the time — which is very different from the sub-unit we’ve come to associate the term state with today in America.
In any case, I would like to take it one step further than Ron Paul and point out that there was no other time in American history when secession was considered so evil, so “impossible”, so impractical, so “unpatriotic”, so treasonous, as the time leading up to and during the first American Civil War, the American War for Independence.
And do you remember what the result of that treasonous secession was?
The founding of the greatest country on earth: a union of States founded on the supremacy of man the individual … of individualism … of the unalienable, individual, non-contradictory rights of man.
Notice any parallels today? A country in political chaos? Everyone pissed off, angry, confused, and not sure who to direct their anger at? Not to mention our strong flavor of tyranny and oppression — income tax at the threat of a gun, the acceptance of military slavery on principle “just in case”, mandatory fiat currency … shit, your right to exist is now arbitrary.
Oh, what’s that? You want to produce and consume your own food and violate the rights of no one?
Yeah, do it as we say, or you’ll be fined and imprisoned. Resist — meaning defend your life — and be shot.
And people call secession unpatriotic … ?
— Anthony Dream Johnson