I have a request of you. It’s a simple request. But simple doesn’t always mean easy. Quite to the contrary, this simple request could actually prove quite difficult in the long run. In fact I believe it will require you to face scrutiny the likes of which you may never have encountered. Should you choose to heed my request, the least concern you should have is temporarily losing favor amongst your family or friends. They may begin to think you’ve gone off the reservation. They may begin to refer to you as the crazy uncle. They may even begin to avoid conversations of a certain nature because they are so disgusted by your position. Also among the less troubling ramifications of complying with my request is banishment from social media sites as punishment for your impudence against conventionally accepted and approved beliefs. These are not pleasant little pieces of fallout, but they are not altogether life shattering either.
Further down the spectrum of your concerns, toward the realm of truly worrisome repercussions, you’ll find consequences such as possible disciplinary action at your place of employment (up to and including termination), public ridicule aimed at your reputation and your family, and even outright accusations of racism and treason. I even encountered one guy (who up until that point I knew and respected) who called for my execution as a traitor!
Well I’ve certainly built this up. Are you ready? Here it is: this year on the 4th of July, while you enjoy the festivities of Independence Day, try not to use the vernacular phrase, “happy 4th!” That phrase (and even the official title of the day, Independence Day), tend to shift the focus away from the real significance of the day toward a more centralized, nationalistic connotation.
Instead, when conversing with your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family, I ask that you use the phrase “Happy Secession Day!” After all, 240 years ago when the 13 colonies of the American continent declared their freedom and independence from Great Britain, they put secession into practice. But when we say “happy 4th,” or “happy Independence Day,” we do ourselves a great injustice by failing to emphasize secession as the instrument of our relative political and social happiness.
And just as important, when the 13 colonies seceded from Great Britain, they did so as 13 independent States. They did not secede as a single unitary body of America. They clearly retained their individual rights to self government. In fact the Declaration itself asserted,
…they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
Does that sound like the colonies seceded as a single unit? Certainly not. This is definitive proof that the States — sovereign — preceded the eventual Confederation of States which came to be known as the United States of America.
Furthermore, in 1787 upon dissolving the Articles of Confederation and agreeing to form a new Union, the States once again asserted their sovereignty and singularity by seceding from the old union and joining the new union in a fashion unmistakably decentralized: voluntarily and one-by-one.
Today as the 4th of July again approaches, I find it almost humorous how uninformed my friend was all those years ago (the one who called for my death). His reasoning was that in calling for secession, I had made allusions to and possibly committed treason, which is a capital offense. But how does one define treason? Well we need not worry about that. The Constitution defines it for us. For the purpose of our current Union, treason is defined as such:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
As is the American tradition, an act of secession was again attempted in 1861. But tragically President Lincoln took it upon himself to levy war against the States in order to prevent an act that had always been understood as perfectly legal and within the rights of sovereign States. So we must ask a glaringly obvious question: when we think about those who have betrayed our Union, who should come to mind? Those who call for the American tradition of self-determination, self-government, and secession? Or those who wage war upon the States, forcibly centralize governing power, and completely subjugate entire peoples? Abraham Lincoln may be the most well-known example of traitors to the American tradition, but there are countless others. The point is this: most people today understand loyalty to the American system exactly backwards. They support the tyranny of violent subjugation over peaceful self determination. Who has really betrayed our Union?
So when you’re calling on fellow Patriots to remember and praise the events of 1776 — as you’re putting our founding fathers on a pedestal — try to keep in mind what they actually did. They seceded. It was right and just in 1776, and it’s right and just in 2016.