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Secession: is it right?

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A response to the article titled, "This is what Civil War in America will Look Like."


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Secession, a word that has been bandied around since the beginning of this nation of individual states and rights, something many take lightly, and others believe to be wrong. Why a state would secede from this great Union of States, and is it even legal, is the question being approached today.

Prior to the Revolutionary War our nation's founding fathers got together and decided to write a letter to the King of England who at the time was the rightful ruler of this country. These same founding fathers decided that for many reasons we had the right to separate from our parent country of England and become our own nation. One reason was as follows, "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance" and another "He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power." Now some of you may say that we need certain things to make other things go tick. I say no we do not- in fact we as citizens of this nation are supposed to be the greatest of the powers and not the president or senate or even judges.

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According to the Declaration of Independence the following applies, "That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States" that is right- free and independent States! The paragraph continues as follows, "and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.", not as a solidified country, but as free and independent states. The principles of this nation, the founding documents make it clear that this is a country of and Peoples' rights with a Limited Federal Government. When the founding fathers were amending the Constitution and writing it, they made it clear that certain principles must be followed.

The Tenth 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." Easily one of the most ignored and yet most important of the amendments today. Abraham Lincoln attempted to destroy the freedom of the individual state by waging an illegal war against states that rightfully and legally seceded. While I disagree wholeheartedly with slavery especially in this nation, I cannot disagree rightfully with the Southern States and their legitimate complaints and even more legitimate secession. You see what is often ignored by modern Americans is the simple fact that the South seceded not just for slavery, but also to keep more of their money. The Northern states had levied massive tariffs and taxes against only southern goods being delivered to northern factories, and yet did not levy the same against the northern factories.

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