In the aftermath of petitions from all 50 states to secede being posted on the White House website and signed by over a million Americans, Congressman Ron Paul addresses the secessionist movement sweeping the nation.
Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election or perhaps something deeper? Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures. Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn’t hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union.
Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States? Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War. On the contrary, the principles of self-government and voluntary association are at the core of our founding. Clearly, Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825 he concluded that states “should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left are the dissolution of our union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.”
Keep in mind that the first and third paragraph of the Declaration of Independence expressly contemplate the dissolution of a political union when the underlying government becomes tyrannical. Do we have a government without limitation of powers yet? The federal government kept the union together through violence and force in the Civil War, but did might really make right?
Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some thought it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots. There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents. That is what our revolutionary war was all about and today, our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform. In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo.
If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties, and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it. Consider the ballot measures that passed in Colorado and Washington state regarding marijuana laws. The people in those states have clearly indicated that they are ready to try something different where drug policy is concerned, yet they will still face a tremendous threat from the federal government. In California the feds have been arresting peaceful medical marijuana users and raiding dispensaries that state and local governments have sanctioned. This shouldn’t happen in a free country!
It remains to be seen what will happen in states that are refusing to comply with deeply unpopular mandates of Obamacare by not setting up healthcare exchanges. It appears the federal government will not respect those decisions either.
In free country governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed. When the people have very clearly withdrawn their consent for a law, the discussion should be over. If the feds refuse to accept that and continue to run roughshod over the people, at what point do we acknowledge that that is not freedom anymore? At what point should a people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government? And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free? If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government they cannot truly be considered free.
Personally, I already “seceded” on January 1st of this year. You can read why I felt the need to publicly declare my independence by reading my post here:
Personally, I’m not waiting for Texas for some other State to secede from the Union; I am making my own declaration of secession right now—today! Below is my idea of what a personal declaration would look like. I encourage others to make this same declaration and add or subtract any statements you deem relevant. Or write your own. Make copies and distribute to friends and relatives, encouraging them to do likewise.
By this act of secession, I hereby declare absolutely no reverence or respect for that political entity known as “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” nor its self-declared ruling body known as the “Federal Government.” I will from this time forward view both with suspicion and as dangerous predators, preying on the lives, fortunes, and liberties of free individuals.
In a recent interviewed, Jon Rappoport from No More Fake News said people need to secede from the medical establishment’s control over their lives… and I agree… we need to “secede” from all FALSE AUTHORITY! This is a key point that needs to be understood (and it is really a spiritual principle).
As Jon pointed out, many people have already withdrawn from the official “party line” when it come to their own health… and after doing that, it becomes easy to withdraw support from a corrupt political system. People who are asleep (unaware) keep participating in the system… on the other hand, there are the AWAKE and they are slowly bring their participation in the system to a halt. Max Igan talks about this often, he calls it the principle of Non-Compliance and he maintains it is the only way to bring this corrupt New World Order system to a FULL STOP.
A revolution (from the Latin revolution “a turnaround”) is the same idea as the word “repent” in the Bible (it was a military term that meant “about face”). We were marching in one direction, but in an instant we turnabout face and march the other way. How does this happen? It is a paradigm shift–the death of an old belief system, an this is what we are seeing unfold right now. Every revolution is really just the end of belief… I’m hoping this will be a revolution (a turning away) from the idea that we need government to take care of us… and a revolution (a turning away) from our own fears. As Nelson Mendala said,
“As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
It’s not enough to merely raise your own level of spiritual preparedness; true redemption involves helping others find their path to redemption as well. This does not mean arm-twisting people who aren’t ready to embrace reality, of course. It’s far better to meet people where they are spiritually and then invite them to explore new directions when they are ready.
I’m in the process of reading The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, the Teacher, Healer and Visionary, by Angeles Arrien, PhD. It explores paths to wholeness and empowerment from the perspectives of indigenous societies and shamanic traditions.
In her research, Arrien discovered a pattern of human archetypes that are consistent across cultures, seemingly universally embedded in the mythic structure of societies. When we learn to live these archetypes within ourselves, we can tap into their wisdom and begin to heal ourselves and our fragmented world.
The principles of the Four-Fold Way, based on the four archetypes, are:
1. Show up, or choose to be present. Being present allows us to access the human resources of power, presence, and communication. This is the way of the Warrior.
2. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning. Paying attention opens us to the human resources of love, gratitude, acknowledgment, and validation. This is the way of the Healer.
3. Tell the truth without blame or judgment. Nonjudmental truthfulness maintains our authenticity, and develops our inner vision and intuition. This is the way of the Visionary.
4. Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome. Openness and nonattachment help us recover the human resources of wisdom and objectivity. This is the way of the Teacher.
The first archetype explored in the book is that of the Warrior. The theme is about accessing the quality of courage, and to claim full leadership. This is not about being a rebel without a cause, it is about being an example for others to follow. For me, Ron Paul provides that example of courage. As a Warrior who bravely fought for the principle of liberty in the political arena, Dr Paul recently gave his farewell address to Congress. I encourage you to watch it in full.