Oh, But You Are Whistlin’ Dixie!
According to a Rasmussen poll on the Federal government, over 51% of American’s believe that the government is more of a threat to individual rights than a protector of them, with 15% undecided. In an even more recent poll, over 24% believe individual states have the right to secede from the United States . In 2010, the percentage was only 14%. A year later, the percentage was up to 21%. See a pattern? The numbers are growing.
That means 59% still think states do not have the right to secede and 34% see the government as more of a protector than a threat to individual liberties.
What this tells us is that the majority of Americans see the federal government as a clear threat to individual liberties and one in four Americans believe states have the right to withdraw from the union and form their own government.
Wow. May the tribe increase!
So why the growth in belief of states rights? Maybe, just maybe, people are waking up to reality and starting to re-examine what they were taught in the indoctrination factories known as public education. The fact that the majority are now seeing the federal government as a clear threat helps.
For those who are still undecided on both issues, let me try and put this in perspective.
In 1781, the original 13 states entered into an agreement with each other. They called it a ‘Confederation’. In that confederation document were articles agreed upon by all. The Articles of Confederation were our first constitution. Article II says this:
Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States
In other words, these 13 sovereign, independent states were willing to join together as the “Unites States” (note the plural, not a single nation but 13!) They also agreed to give this union certain powers for everyone’s protection but kept all other powers (states rights) to themselves.
When the Revolutionary war ended, England and the Unites States signed a peace-treaty using these words:
His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz. New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, to be free, sovereign and independent States
Note that England made peace with 13 independent states – not the confederation!
To the Convention that considered a new Constitution, Virginia said this:
The powers granted under the Consitution, being derived from the people of the United States, may be resumed by them, whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression.
In 1861, Virginia, along with other seceding states “resumed” those powers.
You see, the “Union” was for the protection of the whole – for the protection of each, sovereign, independent state. And, for the record, the word ‘state’ means nation and is used and understood that way not only by the original states but also by foreign entities. That’s a topic for another day. The point is, the Union was to protect the states, not rob them over time of individual liberties and rights of freedom.
Understanding this, let me posit a scenario for you.
Let’s say you live in a city or town and everyone understands that the purpose for the existence of your local government is to protect you and your family and possessions. How would you like it if, somehow over time, that purpose was blurred and that local government began slowly usurping authority neither you nor your neighbors gave up. What if that local government decided to dictate outside of their given sphere of authority and took family matters into their hands and intruded upon you, your family and your possessions and liberties as a free citizen?
That is precisely what has happened in this country. The idea of independent sovereign statehood has been usurped by a power-hungry centralized government which has no Constitutional right or authority to do so.
In the 1860’s, when under that Constitution-destroying tyrant Abraham Lincoln reached out for more and more power and began meddling in the affairs of the confederated states – then states rights became all important. It is why Southern states in the South began to secede – as was (and IS!) their right under the Constitution.
There clearly is a growing number of people today who have begun to recognize now what the South saw immediately in the 1800’s. That a centralized, power-grabbing, rights-usurping monster we call Washington is unconstitutional and detrimental to the life and liberties of a free people.
It’s also the reason many of you are now whistlin’ Dixie.