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Do States Have The Right To Secede After All?

July 24, 2011
Jim Delaney, Opinerlog
7/23/2011

The Myth of American Indivisibility

No nation is immutable; historically, nations evolve and devolve. And there’s no historical precedent which would uphold the assertion that America will be an exception to this rule.

And though our Founders had hoped their carefully crafted Constitution which created a confederated republic would remain intact in perpetuity, none deluded themselves into believing that, for better or for worse, the inherent depravity and fallibility of man wouldn’t inevitably, and likely irretrievably, alter both the nature and structure of American society and government. Thus, from a historical perspective, the reconstruction of our society and its model of governance is likely inescapable.

Today, there is a degenerative ideological struggle for the very soul of our nation, both political and cultural. The increasingly acrimonious contention between big government (centralization of authority) and small government (decentralization of authority) proponents has led to a deeply polarized American citizenry along what may be accurately described as statist/socialist and constitutionalist/capitalist lines. In truth, political, economic and cultural indications clearly suggest that this ideological divide is most likely irreconcilable. But, take heart. This in no way preordains a bloody clash of arms for these “united States” to peacefully and satisfactorily readjust to this tectonic ideological divide. Although secession is no longer merely a remote possibility, what shape this readjustment will look like in the end is anyone’s guess.

But, first, let’s very briefly examine the enduring myth that secession is illegal, unconstitutional, treasonous, or otherwise constitutionally prohibited.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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