Secede or not to secede? That is the question that is being bantered about in all aspects of media and the cyber-sphere. I was on Mark Shea's blog today were he had a post (with spirited comments in the comboxes) regarding "nutjob secessionists".
Knowing Mark's style, he was not saying all secessionists are nutjobs. As with any category, there will be people who want to take the extreme. Secession is no different. But how do you see past the clanging gongs of the faux secessionists?
First off; secessionists do not want anything to do with slavery and the reinstitution thereof. This was a dying institution in 1860 thanks to the Industrial Revolution, and if nothing had happened, whether secession or not, slavery would have self terminated. So, "no" to slavery!*
Secondly; real secessionists do not want war!! We do not have common beliefs or values, so why force a union where no one is happy? Oh, but we're Americans and we have the same roots and history, etc...., to which I say, "so does Canada, but they're not a part of the USA, now are they?" And we're great friends with Canada..they trade with us, enforce their side of the border with us, and they leave us alone to our affairs and we do likewise (I think). "If the South secedes there will be another war..." Okay, who's gonna start it, because it will not be us. We didn't start the last one (we really didn't...we warned the Union troops ahead of time and made sure no one was in the fort once firing started..and no one died) and we most certainly are not interested in starting another. In fact, when General Lee found out that Stonewall Jackson wanted to go to Washington DC, Lee stopped him because he said we were looking for independence, not conquest. No to war...any war!
Thirdly; we do not want to establish our own nation in the model of the United States...and no we do not want to model it after the Articles of Confederation either as they stated the United States would be in "perpetual union"...a term absent from the current Constitution of the United States. Our union will not be one of dictatorship, American "democracy" or monarchy. It will be one of a federal-based representative republic, which was in place prior to the 1850~60's, when it was replaced by the American Democracy style of government.
Fourth; and this is the crux if it all, "we just want to be left alone" as per Jefferson Davis.
I could go on and on, but you get the point. Ninety percent of what the United States government does violates the 10th Amendment, but no one says anything...and if they do, they're shouted down as a hater, ignorant, a Confederate or whatever.
Sadly, there are some who share our desire of secession...but want to pursue it via the sword and not the tongue. This is not our goal. Independence, not conquest. We just want to be left alone to work, go to church, play and enjoy our families and our free time, without drones or Big Sister (of subsequent Brothers) looking over our shoulders.
To the people of the North who want to stay aligned with the DC government; you do what you feel is best for you, and we will do what's best for us. We will not impose our values on you, and you please do likewise. We can co-exist as separate nations that can openly trade with each other and we'd all be a lot happier.
Think about it!
* Some of you will say, so "no to slavery, CP, but what about blacks and other minorities, like Hispanics?" Good question; let's start with blacks. No slaves right? Of course not! Blacks are free people and will be treated as equally as whites. With that being said, it means what it means. No affirmative action, no quotas, no forced de-segregation, none of the federal social engineering garbage that has destroyed the black family unity over the past 45 years! They are citizens of their respective State and will be subject to the laws of those States, just like everyone else, they want to go to work, live peacefully and go to school just like anyone else, so let them. Hispanics? First question: are they legal? If yes, everything I said about blacks can also be said about Hispanics. If no, then the laws that many States passed, like Arizona, Alabama and Georgia, will be enforced, unencumbered by a federal leviathan since it will not have the authority to interfere. However, a Confederate government would enforce it's laws and protect it's borders since this would be a national concern, but recognising no system is absolute, if State jurisdictions have to get involved, they will not be interfered with by the central government.