According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, 24 percent of Americans believe that states have a right to secede from the union. It’s not surprising that this number is ten points higher than it was in 2010, given the Obamaviks’ march toward an all-powerful, all-controlling central government.
Should Obama manage to retain power in 2013 (through the elective process or otherwise), that number will rise significantly — and quickly. But it’s doubtful we’ll have any proof of it, because you can bet the government will repress poll results that aren’t to its liking.
The 24 percent figure on secession should not be surprising, given what happened in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Governor Scott Walker won his recall election by eight points — 56-46 — in a very liberal state, so one would like to think it’s a sign that more and more Americans are waking up to the reality that they fall into the category of the subjectively defined “rich” — those who were put on this earth to support the lifestyle of the far-left’s voting base.
In all honesty, I believe that regardless of who is in office in 2013, the 24 percent number will continue to rise. But will it matter? After all, we already fought a war — America’s bloodiest, by far — over that issue, and the federal government won. Abraham Lincoln, we are taught, fought the Civil War to free the slaves, but any well-informed student of history knows that is not true.
Lincoln made this crystal clear in a letter to Horace Greeley in 1862, when he wrote, “My paramount object in this struggle [the Civil War] is to save the union and it is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the union without freeing any slaves, I would do it. If I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.”
Even so, the one good thing that came out of the Civil War was that blacks were given their freedom. But the truth is that the war was fought primarily because the Southern states, whom the Northern states had continually burdened with stifling tariffs and levies, wanted to secede from the Union.
What Lincoln really accomplished in bringing about America’s deadliest war was to reestablish government’s superiority over the individual (i.e., that individuals had to belong to the country whether they wanted to or not). And since the North’s victory, the issue of the federal government’s authority over all people within its borders has never again been seriously challenged.
So, while the 24 percent figure is encouraging, the fact is that the people of every state already have a natural right to secede from the union, regardless of what the polls say. Where things will start to get dicey is when that figure begins to approach 50 percent.
This time around, however, secession is a much more complicated problem, because even in the most anti-big-government states, 25 to 40 percent of the residents are hard-core progressives, or worse. Which means that any state that tried to secede from the rule of the feds would also have to fight against many of its own citizens.
But don’t despair. The way things are going, it’s possible we’ll all be citizens of the Chinese Empire by then, and at least China is moving in the right direction.
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