Secession. (Am I really writing about this?)Posted: November 13, 2012
I do not claim to know what motivates individuals, those who I would call strangers, to make the decisions they have made. So I will not judge the people who have signed petitions to exclude their state from our Union. It may be a joke to some people, but others are taking this idea seriously. People are being lead to believe that they can live a better life by breaking their bonds with the rest of our country. Dissolving our union would not be a happy affair and would be ruinous to all involved.
- There is no such thing as a peaceful secession.
- The United States of America is a perfect union.
- Approximately 625,000 citizens died during the Civil War. 2% of the United States population.
- A similar scale today would be 6,000,000 citizens dead.
- The United States military can project it’s power across the globe, it can definitely protect it’s power within it’s own borders.
- Civil War era rifles and cannons are not similar to M-16 rifles, M1 Abrams, and F-22 Raptors.
Andrew Jackson on secession:
But each State having expressly parted with so many powers as to constitute jointly with the other States a single nation, cannot from that period possess any right to secede, because such secession does not break a league, but destroys the unity of a nation, and any injury to that unity is not only a breach which would result from the contravention of a compact, but it is an offense against the whole Union. To say that any State may at pleasure secede from the Union, is to say that the United States are not a nation because it would be a solecism to contend that any part of a nation might dissolve its connection with the other parts, to their injury or ruin, without committing any offense. Secession, like any other revolutionary act, may be morally justified by the extremity of oppression; but to call it a constitutional right, is confounding the meaning of terms, and can only be done through gross error, or to deceive those who are willing to assert a right, but would pause before they made a revolution, or incur the penalties consequent upon a failure.
Abraham Lincoln on secession:
We find the proposition that, in legal contemplation, the Union is perpetual confirmed by the history of the Union itself. The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of all the thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778. And, finally, in 1787, one of the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution was “to form a more perfect Union.”