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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Happy Fouth of July!

Happy Secession Day!

Secession is as American as apple pie! What was the Declaration of Independence if not an expression of a people's right to secede? See, e.g., "Happy Secession Day" by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. Readers might also be interested in DiLorenzo's "Lincoln’s 'Second American Revolution'", which includes the following passage:

After Thomas Jefferson was elected president the New England Federalists plotted for over a decade to secede from the Union. Their efforts culminated in the Hartford Secession Convention of 1814, where they decided against secession. The movement was led by George Washington’s Secretary of War and Secretary of State, MassachusettsSenator Timothy Pickering. All during this time, no one questioned the right of any state to secede because this was the Revolutionary generation, and they revered the Jeffersonian dictum that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Senator Pickering announced that, because of this belief, secession was 'the' principle of the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence was, after all, a Declaration of Secession from the British Empire. Lincoln’s war destroyed this fundamental tenet of the Declaration.
Readers might also want to take a look at section I ("The U.S. Civil War – the Revisionist View") of chapter four of Jeff Riggenbach's new book, "Why American History Is Not What They Say: An Introduction to Revisionism" .

Additionally, readers should note that there is a relatively active, modern-day secession movement in Vermont. See, e.g., The Second Vermont Republic, the Middlebury Institute, and "Secession: How Vermont and All the Other States Can Save Themselves from the Empire" by Thomas H. Naylor (reviewed here).

Live free or secede!

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