Secession: The Redress of Grievances

by Russell D. Longcore

(Editor’s Note: I wrote this in 2009, revised for today.)

Secession is much in the thoughts and on the lips of many Americans today. We have all witnessed the rise of the Tea Party across the nation as people expressed their disgust with government and confiscatory taxation. Four years ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry actually made comments in favor of Texas secession. He was widely derided by the national media.

Look back at the plight of the American colonies in the 18th century. They experienced oppressive taxation and ever-increasing regulation from King George. Their individual rights as English citizens were trampled or ignored. In individual colonies, small groups of colonial citizens banded together to seek independence from England.  Only after repeated abuses from the King, and repeated entreaties to the King went unheard, did the colonies band together and secede, each colony declaring that it was a sovereign nation.

All through the first 60 years of the 19th century, state secession was a recurring topic. During the Andrew Jackson presidency in 1832, South Carolina advanced the concept of nullification, stating that it had the right to nullify high Federal tariffs, and that it also had the right to secede from the Union. Jackson fought and won this battle over nullification and secession.

But secession reared its head again in late 1861 when the eleven Southern states did secede and form the Confederate States of America.

In each instance, patriots sought peaceful and legal means to resolve their differences.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he wrote that “they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” He wrote that “Governments long established should not be changed for light or transient causes,” but that they had a “duty to throw off such government.” Much of the remainder of the document was the listing of the tyrannical acts of the King, and the actions of the colonies to gain a remedy. Then he says that “Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.” Finally, Jefferson summarizes by asserting that each state is, and by right ought to be, free and independent states.

In the coming days, some American states may actually give secession some serious thought. Along that line, I make the following observations.

State legislatures that intend to give serious debate and credence to the idea of secession from the United States of America must not do so lightly. Rick Perry of Texas was not serious about a new Republic of Texas. He was simply entertaining a crowd with hubris and applause lines. His words simply kept his name in the headlines for a few days of free publicity.

A State that is serious about secession will likely begin by creating a “paper trail” showing all of the “petitions” they have made to Washington that were answered by repeated injury. They will make additional petitions with the expectation that additional injuries will ensue. This should not be a difficult task, but merely a time-consuming one.

I do believe that the Federal government will collapse, and then from that collapse will emerge sovereign nations. Washington will collapse when the world forsakes the US Dollar as the world reserve currency. But that eventuality is radically different than the 1776 or 1861 secession.

I do not believe that there is any one American state that will ever secede from the Union prior to the collapse of the Dollar. I do not believe that that brand of courage exists anywhere in America.

But I do believe that once the Dollar collapses, secession and state sovereignty may appear to be the only logical choice for survival.

4 Responses to Secession: The Redress of Grievances

  1. Choir Loft says:

    The end of the US dollar as world reserve currency has already begun. This is no internet conspiracy theory. The change portends price hikes and shortages for all imported US goods and services.

    In late November 2015 the IMF voted to add the Renminbi to the Special Drawing Rights global financial basket. Admission to the SDR is the first real substantial step toward substituting the Chinese Yuan for the dollar as reserve currency. Nations, which have until now, been enslaved to the dollar and the policies of the western financial cartel will run, not walk, to embrace the Chinese.

    The Yuan will not assume control of services and goods overnight. In fact the SDR decision doesn’t take effect until the fall of 2016, yet the impact of this change has tremendous potential. China WILL dictate more and more of the world’s financial condition. Russia has already switched a large amount of loans and assets from dollars to Yuan. Other BRIC nations may do so before year’s end (2016). The Renminbi is a King in waiting. The US dollar is a monarch at the end of its reign.

    and that’s me, hollering from the choir loft…

    • dan314159 says:

      Thanks Russell for posting the original message, as well as Choir Loft for pointing out more evidence of the fragility of the dollar.

      I have a little bit of a discordant note to sing here, or at least a few cautions.

      One is that a country can apparently go through at least a small currency collapse without breaking up into more reasonable sized pieces. Argentina did this — with a monthly inflation rate peaking at 10.4% in April, 2002. There’s a wikipedia article on this, at

      The second caution is that a dollar collapse is not inevitable, and our rulers are not fools (there’s just not putting American interests first or even second). They’re willing to sink trillions of dollars into foreign intervention, but if they feel America is about to conk out, they can reduce, temporarily, what they’re doing in order to let the overworked engine (that is, us) recover a little, and then have at it again.

      That is, an economic collapse need not be sudden and complete. You can see some signs of this in, e.g., the freeze on Social Security benefits for 2016 [which means a cut since there has been some inflation]. So it’s definitely a hit on the standard of living, but an incremental one.

      A third caution is that although most people will be much better off in smaller countries whose destiny they can control, a few won’t be, notably the MSM. Right now a few (about 6) companies control nearly all newspapers and tv and radio stations. This is true even in Texas (is there a single large independent Texas newspaper not owned by a company in New York?).

      That means there’s an extremely effective propaganda machine working against secession/right-sizing full time. (No space to get into this right here, but when was the last time you saw any rational or remotely neutral coverage of a secession movement from the MSM?)

      Ultimately of course all empires fall, and that includes ours if we cannot manage to dismantle it first.

      And the right thing to do is of course try to keep it in discussion as both of you are doing.

      But i think the seeds will take time to germinate.

      • dumpdc says:

        Dear Dan: Your comments make the assumption that DC will be master of its destiny. I believe that the BRIC nations along with the Saudis will pull the plug on the Dollar. The process is already underway. And this could take a decade or more, or could happen tomorrow. Thanks, Russ

  2. dan314159 says:

    Russ, thanks. I sure hope that you are right and that i am wrong. The sooner we hit the bottom the sooner we can reconstruct. dan

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