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If At First You Don't Secede
By Richard Girard
" It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence. The Negro all over the South must come to the point that he can say to his white brother: 'We will match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. We will not hate you, but we will not obey your evil laws. We will soon wear you down by pure capacity to suffer.'"
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929--68), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Letter, October 28, 1957.
The most common mistake that people make on the subject of rights is that they mistake freedom or liberty for license, i.e., permission to do whatever they want.
We don't talk much in this country about morality in political decision making any more, we speak much more about expediency. And because of this, we have fallen into the bad habit of believing that just because we want something, that action is justified morally.
This is the reasoning of a spoiled child. And on the subject of secession, the pro-secession forces are--at least from my perspective--motivated by the selfishness of a six year-old brat; giving high taxes, government programs they disagree with, and Barack Obama's re-election as the reason for their desire to leave our union.
For myself, the sentiment expressed about secession by Thomas Jefferson (in an 1809 letter to the Connecticut [Democratic-]Republicans) is still the final word on the subject today: