A line in the sand some would not cross
By Russell D. Longcore
Taking a position is always fraught with peril. One may not necessarily find danger to one’s person, but certainly taking a position can cause others to be uncomfortable with one’s position. It can cause estrangement between old friends, allies and family. But for some, not standing for something is to stand for nothing.
Back in 2010, some of the brightest thinkers in South Carolina…or anywhere, for that matter…got together and began pondering how they could advance and promote the idea of South Carolina secession. The founded the Carolina Friends of Liberty.
Another was Kirkpatrick Sale. In 2004, Sale and members of the Second Vermont Republic formed The Middlebury Institute which is dedicated to the study of separatism, secession, and self-determination. Sale is Director of the Institute. Sale is considered “the intellectual Godfather of the secessionist movement.”*
At that time, there were also four others whom Smith and Sale respected for their interest in secession and their prominence in the community. Their first objective was to draft a position statement. Over a six-month period, the group had many meetings with many revisions written and rewritten. They had wanted to finish the statement so it could be read on June 28, which is Carolina Day. However, they were not able to make that date. Once the statement had been completed, the four other members of the group decided they could not sign such a statement as it might damage their reputation by promoting such ideas.
Think about that. Think about the quality of a reputation that could be damaged by promoting the words in the Statement that are quotes from the Declaration of Independence. Imagine the content of a person’s character (thanks, MLK Jr.) who refused to take sides against abject tyranny. Consider how low the standard must be when your reputation is found in the minds of despots. The mind fairly boggles.
The Statement is provided below in its entirety. I believe that this Statement should become a template for secessionist positions for any colony/state in America that seeks liberty, and for any group around the globe that wishes to launch out onto the tempestuous sea of liberty.
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All men and women are endowed by their creator with equal and unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Governments are instituted to secure these rights.
Governments derive just power from the consent of the governed.
Whenever any government becomes destructive of the above, the People may alter or abolish that government, and institute new government they feel seems more likely to secure these ends.
On July 4th, 1776, representatives of the thirteen original colonies, asserting themselves as a confederacy of free and independent states, charged future citizens with the DUTY to throw off any government which produces a long train of abuses and usurpations resulting in a despotic system harmful to citizens and, should throwing off such government become necessary, provide new guards to secure equal and unalienable rights. It is more than ever necessary, given the crises of these present times, to reflect upon that duty today.
For today, we are constrained to acknowledge, South Carolinians suffer under a system of state government, a legacy of the 19th century that has accepted a subordinate position to the Federal government and made a mockery of its claims to sovereignty. Acting in concert, and over a long period of time, the state and Federal governments have entered into a symbiotic relationship of negligence that has failed the citizenry through its incompetence, corruption, incivility, and indebtedness, making South Carolina a virtual Third World country ranked for decades near the bottom of almost all national economic and social surveys.
South Carolinians aspire to rise above this reduced position. To end this long period of patient suffering, the citizens of South Carolina, we feel, must contemplate restoring their sovereign independence, through nullification of innumerable unconstitutional acts of the Federal government and other legal and legislative steps if necessary; for as Thomas Jefferson said of unconstitutional acts of the central government: the states, “being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infractions; and that a nullification by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under colour of that instrument, is the lawful remedy.” This justifiable pursuit is undertaken with the understanding that if such nullification does not bring about the desired liberty and self-determination for this state, we would keep other options available in the event current and pending crises necessitate a discharge of the duty set forth by the representatives of 1776.
In the course of establishing such independence, it is necessary to distance ourselves completely from that institution of human bondage that the Founding Fathers left in place in 1776 and from the legacy of intolerance and divisiveness that has marked too much of the time since its elimination. At present the scars of that past are well on their way to healing completely, except as they are exploited too often by too many of our elected leaders who seek to empower themselves by promoting divisions and inflaming resentments. We are pledged to overcoming such abuses and bitterness by celebrating the rich South Carolinian culture of language, food, religion, customs, manners, and tone of life that was created by those of both African and European descent, which we believe can be done to the fullest only by an independent South Carolina, liberated from its vassalage to a heavy-handed and intrusive central government in Washington and dedicated to serving as a sovereign beacon of tolerance, reconciliation, and racial friendship.
Carolina Friends of Liberty intends to provide a forum whereby all Carolinian voices, those of the impoverished as well as the comfortable, the powerless as well as the connected, the educated and the merely wise, may be heard and fruitfully considered in a discussion of South Carolina independence.
Our MEANS will include (1) an investigation of the central government’s usurpation of our liberties to a point where South Carolina has been reduced to little more than an administrative colony of a remote and arbitrary power; (2) an exploration of the benefits to be derived from overcoming the subordination to an intrusive central government that has become aggressive abroad and despotic at home; (3) defining a vision for what an independent South Carolina has the potential to become (including economic viability, democratic governance, just social welfare, and appropriate defenses), and comparing it with other sovereign states from around the world of similar size and resources that are flourishing political societies; and (4) research on how to implement such methods, including nullification and interposition, by which our state might strengthen its sovereignty and independence.
Our GOAL is to raise the level of awareness and engage citizens through discourse on the implementation of more effective governance. Through such action, we believe South Carolinians will be in a position better to fulfill the blessings of liberty for the benefit of themselves and their posterity. We aim to provide an exemplary model that inspires the citizens of our state, as well as those from other states in America and throughout the world, to restore and improve those frameworks best able to secure unalienable rights. We trust such a model will emerge from an open and candid look at the alternatives to submitting to an overwrought empire, and concomitantly at the advantages of genuine political life on a more human scale that we believe a free and independent South Carolina might afford.
We invite all peoples to join us in advancing this vision, looking toward that day when we may inhabit an independent state truly dedicated to securing the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all her citizens.
If you would like to join with us in this endeavor, send us an email identifying yourself and your affiliations to: SignOurStatement@CarolinaFriendsOfLiberty.com and we will add your name as a signatory to our list of supporters.
We the following, support this Statement of Carolina Friends of Liberty:
Ronald Holland, Swiss Confederation Institute
Jack Hunter, The Southern Avenger
Russell D. Longcore, DumpDC.com
William Miller, SecessionNews.com, SecessionUniversity.com
Kirkpatrick Sale, Middlebury Institute
Tom Utley, Third Palmetto Republic
Michael Cushman, Third Palmetto Republic, League of the South
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We here at DumpDC.com are delighted to throw our enthusiastic support behind our brethren in South Carolina, and encourage readers to (1) send an email of support and (2) send this article to like-minded individuals as well as seekers of truth.
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© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
*Chris Hedges, The New Secessionists, (at LewRockwell.com, April 26, 2010.)