Secession: Timing Is Everything

by Russell Longcore

Not so long ago, secession was a taboo subject for discussion in polite society. It was almost un-American to thoughtfully consider a state leaving the Union for any reason. Everyone thought that Lincoln’s War settled that issue. But today’s America is a seething cauldron of resentment toward Washington and the “Mobocracy Looter Minions” that populate the District of Columbia and its suburbs.

If you watch any news service for seven days, you’ll learn that the dollar is weak and growing weaker. You’ll learn that other nations are preparing to disconnect from the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. And you’ll learn that America is in big trouble, at home and around the world. (wonder why Chicago didn’t get the Olympics? What countries like the USA right now?)

Over half of the American states have passed legislative resolutions exerting their rights under the Tenth Amendment. That’s nice, and symbolic…and somewhat unusual for slaves to stand up to the plantation owner. But it’s not really necessary.

So when is the best time to actually pull the trigger and secede from the United States?

I believe that states should be making concrete plans right now for secession. States already have intricate plans in place in case of natural disasters and such. Should not a state have a plan in place in case of political disaster?

The United States Federal Government is a dying monster. But is still possesses political might, military might and potency. Dying monsters quite often thrash about and injure those that are too nearby. So at this point in time, while Washington still APPEARS viable, state secession would not seem to be a wise move.

After all, why would a state willingly take the chance of incurring the wrath of Washington? It would be like in the Tolkien movie “Return of the King,” when the good guys presented themselves at the Black Gate to divert the gaze of Sauron’s all-seeing eye. Washington might turn its fury on a seceding state to make an example of it, in order to discourage any other state from trying secession.

Washington is working 24/7 to produce substantive changes in American governance and culture. And, at some point, some state might decide that enough is enough. But I believe that it will take an event that happens outside of Washington to bring about Washington’s collapse.

The most likely event is the worldwide rejection of the US Dollar as reserve currency, and the worldwide use of any other currency as reserve. Even the change of the dollar as the currency of choice of any major petroleum bourse¹ will spell disaster for the dollar.

Iran has already formed an oil bourse, which uses the Euro, the Iranian Rial and a basket of other currencies as the settlement currency for petro transactions. Its first day of trading was Monday, October 26, 2009, on the Free Trade Zone Iranian island of Kish. Iran, having the world’s second largest gas reserves and third largest oil reserves, is trying to play a more active role in oil and petrochemical transactions in international markets.

Between the rejection of the dollar worldwide, and the selloff of US Government securities by nations like China, combined with runaway money printing by Washington and the hyperinflation that MUST follow, the dollar has nowhere to go but down…and precipitously.

The value of the dollar will tumble against other currencies….very soon. It will happen as other nations scramble to get rid of American currency and securities holdings and protect the very survival of their own nations. Washington has been passing bad checks for too long, and the nations are stepping to the pay window.

It is at this moment in time, when the dollar freefalls, that the states will have a golden opportunity to secede. States must do what it takes to assure their own survival, and not as a slave state to Washington. But a secession alone won’t solve anything. The heavy lifting just begins when a state secedes.

First there would have to be a Provisional Government installed until the formal government could be designed and brought into being as a legal entity.

The very next thing that MUST be settled is the issue of money. If a new nation adopts the very same banking environment that America has right now, the new nation will be doomed to fail. The new nation MUST have a 100% gold/silver standard. It must also prohibit by law fractional reserve banking. Both government monopoly on monetary policy and fractional reserve banking are counterfeiting by another name. It must be prevented before it starts.

Monetary policy and banking worldwide is failing. A new nation needs to go another way, and that way is to return to sound money. Most of the other challenges that a new nation would face will be easier if the new nation has money backed with precious metals at 100% reserve. But you cannot counterfeit your way to liberty and prosperity.

Timing is everything. If states secede at the time that Washington is drowning in worldwide debt and the financial markets worldwide cause the collapse of the dollar, Washington may be powerless to stop secession. Ask Moscow how well they stopped the secession of the Western Soviet republics in 1989.

I know I’m getting to be “Johnny One-Note” about monetary policy, but that should tell you how crucial it is. Remember that no nation in the history of the world has survived that counterfeited its money. Not one. Ever.

But also remember that the Byzantine empire, on a gold standard, lasted over a thousand years…until it debased its own money.

1. A bourse is a commodities exchange in oil, petroleum and natural gas.

8 Responses to Secession: Timing Is Everything

  1. Dean Striker says:

    For sure, Americans need to take some action. I am not opposed to secession, and if it comes 7to that, I will support it. I’m now in Texas and shared your article about Texas seceding, but it would definitely be better to include several others states to make this more powerful, thinking Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma.

    Another civil war is a huge concern, and I keep striving for the path to accomplishing DumpDC completely, and without war and bloodshed.

    Believing that we cannot help but collapse in due course, and that that collapse will be the end of this government and it’s already-beaten Constitution, we will have a period of anarchy during which hopefully we can create a voluntary nation and strike the word “govern” from the vocabulary. That means Force would be no longer accepted.

  2. Dean Striker says:

    Inevitable, yes. I keep wondering at what point the majority will say “enough”? My gosh, it’s one thing after another. Will the House passing this healthcare mess be enough”? Doubtful. I have another website which have been discussing this for months and making bits of progress, but it’s a long struggle getting people to think about how Force is destroying Liberty. Frankly, I think to most people Liberty is just a good word, without needing to think about what it really means.

  3. Please be in touch with me re what VT is doing
    to move toward secession…..

    Dennis Morrisseau
    Second Vermont Republic [2VR]
    VERY Foreign Minister [VFM]

    802 645 9727 W. Pawlet, VT
    dmorso1@netzero.net

  4. Dean Striker says:

    I am working on Personal Secession, triggered by an article by Russell Longcore – two parts – first part nobody has ever signed to be a “member” of any government, second part about Texas and secession.

    I believe each of us individually can secede along with our families, perhaps allied with friends and neighbors, from ALL levels of government if we so desire.

    2nd draft now explaining, plus a draft Declaration,
    http://no-ruler.net/blog/withdraw-d2/

    • Dean Striker says:

      Above link no longer draft,
      now http://no-ruler.net/blog/secession/

      Have yet to complete work on the related declaration, but realizing that such will of course vary with each individual, so it will always be in “draft” format with suggestions.

      I’m hoping that readers here will assist by forwarding that link to their friends and perhaps “enemies” as well.

  5. jim says:

    In today’s world, secession would be suicide for most states. (except maybe Texas and California)

    However, the threat of it by several states with the precession of nullification, would certainly get the attention of the socialist leadership of the country.

    Getting the legislatures and governors notified of the populations desires is what is important.

    I have written our governor(Nebraska), and he did respond, the jist of the response was that all of the possibilities are under consideration. (political response)

  6. Dean Striker says:

    Secession by states will be perhaps too slow – that depends on how this economic collapse actually proceeds. Groups of states would be preferable. A problem with state secession is that it seems more likely to merely replace FedGov with a NationStateGov which would in the long run prove to be little different.

    Secession would be less “suicide” than revolution.

    Personal secession could spread resisters across the country quickly, and make martial law scattered and less effective.

    If not now, When?

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