Saturday, July 3, 2010

Celebrating Secession

I invite everyone to read this article by Thomas Dilorenzo, in which he reminds us that Independence Day is a celebration of our first collective attempt at secession.

Our revered founding fathers were all at one time patriotic Englishman who recognized that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and whenever that consent is withdrawn, it is the right of the people to "alter or abolish" that government and "to institute a new government."

Our second attempt at secession was tragically unsuccessful, but God rest the souls of the brave men of the South who had the vision to foresee the future -- that triumph of the Yankee ideal would lead to materialism, greed, and Empire displacing agrarianism, thrift, and the hardy virtues of the old Republic.

Americans look around them today and see the ruins of this failed ethic. We trumpet making the world safe for democracy even while we watch it crumbling here at home.

We are a people founded and schooled on secession and we would do well to remind our leaders in Washington to tremble as we light fireworks on the 4th of July.

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