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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Secession From The Union Could Have Protected America's Liberty From Federal Tyranny

A fellow Tennessean over at Tennessee Sons of Liberty e-mailed me a very interesting quote from p. 272 of "The Real Lincoln" by Dr. Thomas Dilorenzo:

"Lincoln's admonition that secession would lead to anarchy and destroy democratic government was pure sophistry. Had the South been permitted to go in peace, as was the wish of the majority of Northern opinion makers before Fort Sumter according to historian Joseph Perkins, democracy would have continued to thrive in two nations. Moreover, the act of secession would have had exactly the effect the founding fathers expected it to have; it would have tempered the imperialistic proclivities of the central state.

"The federal government would have been forced to moderate its high-tariff policies and to slow down or abandon its quest for empire. Commercial relationships with the South would have been continued and expanded. After a number of years, the same reasons that led the colonists to form a Union in the first place would likely have become more appealing to both sections, and the Union would probably have been reunited.

"After that, knowing that secession was a real threat, the federal government would have stuck closer to its constitutional bearings."


  1. It's me with another nit-pick... your title should read "National Tyranny". The goal of Federalism, as in our Articles of Con->Federation, was to prevent a strong central authority.

    A review of the Anti-Federalist Papers will give clear insight into the fears held by our ancestors about government encroachment upon individual liberty under the proposed new Constitution.

    The philosophic difference between the North and South only 75 years later is relevant today on many levels. The struggle over States Rights and the defeat of the secession forshadowed the evaporation of Liberty under progressives of the early 20th century.

    I don't have a precise historic reference to cite, but I believe J.H.Thornwell delivered an address on March 4 1850 (discussion in Congress) where he claimed:

    "The parties in this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slave-holders -- they are atheists, socialists, communists, red republicans, Jacobins on the one side (north)and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other (south). In one word, the world is the battleground ... and the progress of humanity is at stake."

    We have fallen a long way from the ideals of Liberty in the age of our Declaration of Independence. The 'beloved' Constitution was a subtrefuge, a platform of indistinct limits, which enabled and launched the National government now being used as a tool to bankrupt and destroy States and citizens of this once great nation.

    Can you say "Cloward-Piven" ? ... crisis, crisis ...

    Raleigh, NC

  2. "could have protected."

    Hey, it still can. Nothing's stopping anyone but their own cowardice.

  3. Hans, your "nit picking" is a very enriching and welcome addition to this site. Please do keep setting me straight when I need it!

    Rolund- good point! If the great states of Texas, Alaska, or New Hampshire were to secede from our Union, I'd be on my way there in a heartbeat!


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