The Right of Secession

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Do we all agree with this?

If so, how can anyone say that secession is illegal?

If secession [dissolution of political bands] is a right of Natural Law, the Federal Government acted unlawfully in upholding the Union in the War Between the States.

If such is the case, how can some hold the leaders of the Secessionist Movement aka the Confederate States of America as anything less than patriots?

It’s right there in the Declaration of Independence. Either it’s correct or the DOI is null and void from the beginning and we had no right to secede from the British Empire.

I’m assuming that you, the reader, are familiar with the Declaration of Independence. Therein lies the right/legal avenue for leaving the Union. It states clearly in that most fundamental of founding documents that “political bands” can and should be dissolved when the State/Compact/Federal Gov’t is longer working for the good of the people. All of the people or some of the people. It matters not which.

Read it again:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

There it is in fairly plain English. Having read that, how is it possible that some declare that there is no legal avenue or no right to secede. Secession is an act upon which this country was founded. The[se] United States of America are/were born out of the clear and divine right to secede from an undesirable Union.

We have forced nations to accede to secession of minorities and other groups. We forced Czechs to allow Germans to return to Germany. We forced those same Germans earlier to leave the German Union and join the Czechs. We forced the Ottomans to allow groups to secede. We forced Poland, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, China and others to allow secessionist groups to depart from their sovereignty after World War II. We are forcing Israel to allow the Palestinians to secede from Israel. Many International Groups are attempting to force China to allow Tibet to secede even though China’s claim to Tibet goes all the way back to Khans Jingghis and Kubalai.

Whole parts of the Soviet Union seceded from that Union and we supported it and pressured Russia to allow it. The Balkans is a horror story of secession.

We created Panama by forcing it’s secession from it’s Union with Nicaragua.

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the various territories over which these three tribes fight are a story of secession from a Union that lasted centuries.

We took territories from Mexico. We took territories from Spain. Those were acts of lawful and unlawful sanctioned acts of secession and accession by THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

How can one say that there is no legal basis for secession when it has been the norm for Nation States since before the Fall of Rome which was one continuous act of secession that lasted for two or three centuries.

Secession is in the Bible. The Tribes of Judaea were a Confederacy which broke apart. That was a “Biblical” Act of Secession.

Secession is a right of natural law. According to our most cherished founding document. It is the act upon which the Founding Fathers laid the foundation of the Republic. How, then, can it be illegal?

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