Would States Secede to Protect Their Citizens?

By Alan Caruba

Many, if not most, Americans are unaware that the nation is composed of separate republics with their own constitutions. They are, of course, the individual states.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved respectively, or to the people.” – Tenth Amendment

By tying compliance with federal laws and regulation to receiving funds, the states have been coerced to accept programs that limit freedoms enumerated in the Constitution and the passage of Obamacare is but one example. Some twenty states have refused to set up the mandated insurance exchanges. Obamacare grants the government complete control over the provision of medical care that every American has formerly received from the free market health system that it destroyed. It gives the federal government control over our lives in terms of who lives or dies.

As noted on the website of the Tenth Amendment Center: "The Founding Fathers has good reason to pen the Tenth Amendment."

“The issue of power – and especially the great potential for a power struggle between the federal and the state governments – was extremely important to the America’s founders. They deeply distrusted government power, and their goal was to prevent the growth of the type of government that the British has exercised over the colonies.”

“Adoption of the Constitution of 1787 was opposed by a number of well-known patriots including Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and others. They passionately argued that the Constitution would eventually lead to a strong, centralized state power which would destroy the individual liberty of the People. Many in this movement were given the poorly-named tag ‘Anti-Federalists.’”

“The Tenth Amendment was added to the Constitution of 1787 largely because of the intellectual influence and personal persistence of the Anti-Federalists and their allies.”

Their worst fears are coming true as the nation heads into 2013. In just four years, the Obama administration, through its profligate borrowing and spending, has brought the nation to the brink of financial collapse and, as we have seen, the refusal of the President to negotiate anything than the current Band-Aid to avoid the “fiscal cliff” for another two months, has brought the nation to a point where the collapse of the U.S. dollar is not just imminent, but likely.

When that occurs the individual states may elect to secede in order to avoid having the federal government nationalize their National Guard units or take control of their state police to enforce whatever measures it might take to control the population. Individual state law enforcement authorities in cities and towns would need similar protection. Reportedly, massive amounts of funding have been directed to them to ensure their cooperation.

It would be a means to protect their citizens insofar as state constitutions grant the same rights as found in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. It would not surprise me to see Texas lead the way. Others would follow.

You know things are bad when historians like Arthur Herman, writing on the January 3 Fox News, says that “Washington’s Republicans and Democrats alike have become the toll collectors on the road to serfdom.” Citing recent riots in Argentina, Herman said that “Argentina reveals who really suffers when those who create a nation’s wealth get mugged by those who spend it—as just happened this week in Washington.”

If the private sector manages to rally this year, it may buy some time before the midterm elections in 2014. A letter to the editor in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune summed up the problem neatly. “Let's look at what we have learned from this election: Twenty-one of 22 incumbent senators were re-elected, and 353 of 373 incumbent members of the House were re-elected. The American people have re-elected 94 percent of the incumbents who were running for re-election to an institution that has an approval rating of about 9 percent. This indicates, as an electorate, we are a nation of idiots. We're now stuck with the useless, dysfunctional government that we deserve.”

The U.S. Constitution was written in the wake of the failure of the Articles of Confederation, the first attempt to unite the states for the common good of the growing nation. It is the product of some of the finest minds, the most dedicated advocates of liberty, to gather in one place at one time. It is the oldest, living Constitution in the world. It was adopted on September 17, 1787 and ratified in June of 1788.

On December 17, 1791, the first ten amendments—the Bill of Rights—were ratified. It is a list of immunities from interference by the federal government and the fears of the Founders are now being borne out by a government that is too large, borrows and spends too much money, and has departments such as the Homeland Security that threaten the rights of free speech, travel, and other freedoms. Every U.S. citizen is now subject to government surveillance more typical of a totalitarian government than one that respects and protects their personal security and rights.

This is why the United States could find itself in a rebellion that will rival the causes of the Civil War, itself a state’s rights conflict in addition to the issue of slavery that had hung over the Constitution since its ratification; an effort to “kick the can down the road” the Founders agreed to in order to get it ratified.

It is not beyond the imagination that a deliberately created crisis would prompt individual states to withdraw from the Union to protect themselves and their citizens, otherwise known as “the people.”

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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Comment by Richard Buck on February 3, 2013 at 11:22am
I sure hope so.i hope all 50 secede
Comment by ward edwin lawrence on January 9, 2013 at 9:42pm

All political power is inherent in the people and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. Article 1 section 2 of the Texas Constitution of 1876. It is up to the people and not the governors or the politicians of their respective states as to whether or not a state secedes.   Ward Lawrence, Texas Nationalist Movement

Comment by Paul Szemanczky on January 9, 2013 at 4:24pm

Let Texas lead the bloody revolution and 20,000,000 of us from outside Texas will rip Washington DC and those Bas*&%#* apart. We will choke them off literally.

Comment by Ryan McKenzie on January 9, 2013 at 4:21pm

Defending your rights is not rebellion, Steve.  The liberal revolutionaries are in rebellion against God and the Constitution. 

Comment by Steve Wilson on January 9, 2013 at 4:19pm

The governors are, bye and large, too "In bed" with Washington.  As states, most get the majority of funding from the Feds.  Over the years, Washington, in effect, bought total state compliance with grants and federal funding that many states - especially the liberal idiot ones, such as Californina, Illinois, NY etc, need for survival today.  The governors, whether they like it or not, do not have the courage to take the steps necessary to make succession a reality. 

So, I guess what I am saying is, NO, states will not secede to protect their populaces - at least not without the rebellion - i.e. "War" that I fear is imminent. 

As was so correctly stated, we truly are, "A Nation of Idiots."  This has become a country of sheep, people that do not want to think for themselves and do not want to bother doing the inconvenient work.  This is now a country of feeble sheep that WANT to be led - even if that means being led to slaughter....

Comment by Scott Kelley on January 9, 2013 at 12:35pm

The time to start taking over state governments has begun, and I expect the Great State of Texas to lead the charge.  We need to start taking over every city, state and county office and work from that direction.  When other states see what we've done, they will follow suit. 

It's 2 minutes to midnight folks... pull up the Drudge Report right now and see...

Comment by Donald Mack Flippin on January 9, 2013 at 10:57am

Ed Wilson,

It may never come to it, but IF Texas ever votes to secede from the Union, I believe (as I have

stated before) that a host of other state will follow in quick order.  If that should begin to happen,

only the liberal states that are presently going bankrupt would be left to worship at the alter of

evil (Washington, D. C.).  And ___ once the taxpayers of those remaining states get a good, old-

fashion taste of Marxist utopia (where the working members of society have to foot the bill for the

lay-abouts and welfare rats), THEN (I would suppose) they too will probably begin clammering

for the freedom that they once knew.  In the end, the only welfare states remaining might well be

Washington, D. C. and Puerto Rico.  And ___ with no one else left to support their welfare sys-

tems, they would probably get tired of going hungry in short order ___ and even they might come

around.  If so, then, at that time, we well might have a United States Reborn!

Could be!!


Heartland Conservative,

I know and understand where you're coming from.  For some folks, it is virtually impossible just

to pick up and leave.  And I have known so many truly conservative people in rural areas of very

liberal states.  It seems that country folks are mostly conservative people wherever one finds them. 

In the meanwhile, stay locked and loaded, and keep your sights black!

Semper Fi!

Comment by Robert Camp on January 9, 2013 at 10:36am

Alan, I was so disappointed that John Bohner was reelected as speaker.  There were over 80 Tea Party advocates that were elected in 2010 but most of them were quickly bought off by the establishment.  I thought that there were enough patriots left to defeat Bohner.  I hope Michele Bachman got her 40 pieces of silver from Bohner for her vote.  That is one vote that completely floored me. How could she vote for him knowing what he has done to our Republic.  I will never support her again or give her a dime.  There are many Tea Party people that promised us a smaller and less expensive government but abandoned us when we needed them.  IF WE WANT TO SAVE THE REPUBLIC WE HAVE TO ABANDON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.  There is not a cup of spit difference between the Republicans and Democrats. GOD SAVE THE REPUBLIC

Comment by Heartland Conservative on January 9, 2013 at 10:16am

Donald Mack Flippin,

I am sure you know that is exactly what I was leading to, and you said it perfectly. It is unfortuanate that I live in an extremely liberal state in the middle of the Country, and it is easier said than done to move out at this time. I am not a revolutionary fighter, but I will stay armed. Because I live in a Rural area, I am surrounded at least by mostly conservative people. By the use of the wording Semper Fi, we both know of our training.  

May we ours survive the next 4.


Semper Fi

Comment by Ed Wilson on January 9, 2013 at 8:48am

I believe in my country and I have the up most respect for our constitution. Our fore fathers were definitely on the right track when they set this government up. However how in the world could they have foreseen that political partys could and would find ways to use our bill of rights and constitution to become groups of some of the most corrupt politician reprsentatives on this planet. Our forefathers could have never foreseen this or they would have built in protections. Clearly the protection of the people was they`re main focus. I for one among many I know feel that our government is in need of a complete flushing. If secession is the answer for a resetting to get this country back on track then I am all for it. Hopefully it would be a peacefull event for everyones sake. But irregardless, peaceful or not something must be done to regain control of the cesspool out- of control in Washington. The power must be returned to the people if the United States of America is to survive as we use to know it.

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