Time to become nations again.
By Russell D. Longcore
From the 1600s until 1776, Great Britain had colonies in North America. The first colony was Jamestown, established in 1607 by a private English company to look for gold. Over the next 150 years, another twelve colonies were formed by various groups for various reasons.
The three forms of colonial government in 1776 were provincial, proprietary, and charter. These governments were all subordinate to the king in London, with no explicit relationship with the British Parliament.
New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia were provincial colonies, and they were governed by commissions created at pleasure by the monarch.
Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland were proprietary colonies. They were governed much as royal colonies except that lords proprietors, rather than the king, appointed the governor.
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, and Connecticut were charter colonies. Charter governments were political corporations created by letters patent, giving the grantees control of the land and the powers of legislative government.
But remember that the people in the colonies were considered free Englishmen and were subjects of the King. By 1776, the monarchy had sufficiently taxed and regulated the colonies to the point that they did not consider themselves free men any longer. The Declaration of Independence was written and signed by the members of the Continental Congress, and the War for Independence ensued.
The colonies won. You remember…it was in all the papers.
In the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783, King George acknowledged that the Thirteen Colonies were free, sovereign and independent nations, of equal stature with Great Britain, France or Spain in Europe.
Again from Wikipedia:
The nation/state is a state that self-identifies as deriving its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign entity for a country as a sovereign territorial unit. The state is a political and geopolitical entity; the nation is a cultural and/or ethnic entity. The term “nation-state” implies that the two geographically coincide, and this distinguishes the nation state from the other types of state, which historically preceded it.
The American nation/states formed an alliance in 1777 under the Articles of Confederation, establishing a loose government with very limited powers, protecting the sovereignty of each nation/state.
Unfortunately, that Confederation only lasted until 1789 when the US Constitution was ratified and supplanted the Articles. How sad that the men who defeated the world’s greatest military power in battle could not defeat the forces that longed for a strong central government.
Twelve years of sovereignty. Not much to show for the Herculean effort to be free.
Since the Constitution was ratified, the new American government has been chipping away at state sovereignty in favor of that strong central government. Central banks were established, then dissolved, then re-established to stay. An Amendment was passed to cause senators to be elected by popular vote, not appointed by State legislatures (17th Amendment). An income tax was enacted. Nation/states abandoned the power of the purse and the power of the sword in favor of Washington holding both purses. But the general tendency over the last 230-plus years is toward more and more government power, and toward less and less liberty for the very people the government was supposed to serve and protect. At this point, Washington has become so power-hungry that it even ignores the very Constitution that provided so much power to be a strong central government. DC now recognizes no limit to its power to tax, regulate and destroy.
The sovereign nation/states of old have willingly given away their sovereignty, and have become colony/states once again. I’m not sure of an exact date that it occurred. Some would say at the end of Lincoln’s War. Some would say sovereignty died when the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified. But that hard-won sovereignty has been dead lo these many years.
It’s time once again to take the words of the Declaration of Independence seriously. Jefferson said that when government becomes destructive, it is the DUTY of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government that once again secures their Creator-endowed unalienable rights.
“Alter” can mean nullification. But nullification cannot prevail when colony/states are no longer sovereign nation/states. They no longer possess the very things that define sovereign nation/states…the power of the purse and the power of the sword.
“Abolish” can only mean one thing in the present day. It can only mean to secede. To abolish the government can only mean that the colony/state asserts its independence once again, and ceases to acknowledge that the US Federal government has any legal jurisdiction over it and the individuals living inside its borders. The people of the colony/state “throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security.” It is not possible to disband the Washington Federal government. It is only possible to opt out of it and leave the Union.
Seceding colony/states can once again become sovereign nation/states…if they want liberty once again. But as Jefferson said in 1796, “timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
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