Is it Time to Secede?
By Chuck Baldwin
April 2, 2002
Chuck Baldwin Live
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Dr. Walter Williams succinctly stated the constitutional
case for secession. His history is accurate and his reasoning is sound. The
bottom line is that the Founding Fathers fully acknowledged the right of
states to secede from the Union should they choose to do so. Abraham Lincoln
was wrong in 1861. The war waged by the separatist South was indeed "A War
Against Northern Aggression."
Obviously, the rightness of the Southern cause is overshadowed by its
defeat. However, the propaganda war waged against the South during the past
50 years rivals Lincoln's war, and then some.
Great Southern leaders such as Davis, Lee, and Jackson have been sullied and
denigrated to the point that even their great character and virtue have been
thoroughly expunged from the minds of the American people, not to mention
the great cause of independence for which they fought. It is the height of
inconsistency to demean Lee and his fellow Confederates while at the same
time honoring Washington and his fellow revolutionaries. The cause of one
was the cause of both. Of course, today's socialists (which are found in
both major political parties) solve that problem by repudiating both the
Founding Fathers and the Southern Confederacy.
Herein lies the real agenda: it is the goal of socialists to squash the
spirit of independence from the minds and hearts of the American people. As
long as dependence upon government is the result, it does not matter whether
one calls himself a Republican or Democrat.
It appears painfully obvious that neither political Party intends to return
America to the principles of self-government. Both of them are determined to
create bigger and bigger government, more bureaucracy, more dependence, and
Therefore, the question begs to be asked, "When is secession in order?" How
long will free men tolerate ever-increasing encroachment upon their
liberties? When will they say, "Enough is enough," and declare their
If Mormons can move in mass to the state of Utah and subsequently control
its government, could not freedom-loving people do the same in another
state? Could not that state legislature then declare itself free and
independent? If so, which state? If the causes are not sufficient for such
action now, when will they be?
Furthermore, we can no longer look to our political leaders or to our
religious leaders to help us. They have all become lackeys for the
establishment socialists who control the affairs of state. Forget the
Republican Party; it is a lost cause! At some point, the people of this
country must act for themselves.
Williams's argument for secession is as valid today as the South's was in
1861. It needs to be considered again.