If you can’t think of reasons that state secession is a better solution for liberty than working within "the system," consider the record of the Federal Government of the United States.
Sure, you can ultimately lay the blame on all of us, since we are the ones who allow the atrocities of Washington to continue. But for now, let’s look at Washington’s record of achievement over the last 150 years.
War of Northern Aggression – 1860s: The North wages war on a confederation of seceding states who left lawfully. Over 600,000 men died on both sides.
Reconstruction: 1860s–1870s. The North plunders the South...
Spanish-American War – 1898: "Remember the Maine?" A complete lie told by newspaperman WR Hearst, bought by the public and Washington to go to war.
Federal Reserve: established in 1913. For 96 years, it has mismanaged the economy and counterfeited currency.
IRS and the Income Tax (16th Amendment): 1913. What starts out as a small tax becomes a leviathan. What starts out as a small division of the Treasury becomes the most feared weapon of Washington.
World War 1: 1914–1918. 117,000 dead Americans, 205,000 wounded. The US had no business in a European family war but President Wilson had other ideas.
Depression I: 1929–1940s. The Federal Reserve caused it.
New Deal: 1933–1936. FDR’s massive government jobs program, plundering the wealth of the USA. Fascism by another name.
World War II: 1941–1945. Another European war, we had no dog in this fight. FDR baited the Japs into attacking Pearl Harbor, giving him political cover.
Cold War: The US and the USSR escalate preparations for war to new heights, spending hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons.
Korean War: 1950–1953. 36,000 Americans dead, 96,000 wounded.
Viet Nam: 1950–1975. 58,000 dead Americans, 303,000 wounded.
Creation of three letter agencies: HEW, HHS, CIA, FDA, FCC, DOA, DOD, EPA, and the list goes on...
New Cabinet bureaucracies: Energy, Education, Homeland Security, etc.
Grenada invasion: 1983. 19 Americans dead, 116 wounded.
Panamanian invasion 1989: 23 Americans dead, maybe 3,000 civilians killed.
Bosnian War: 1992–1995: US sends troops under UN flag, millions of civilians made refugees.
Gulf War: 1999. President George HW Bush commits a massive force to Kuwait. 379 Americans die, 776 wounded in a 100-hour war.
Iraq: 2003–present. About 5,000 Americans dead, over 35,000 wounded (that they’ll admit to). That doesn’t count casualties of our mercenaries...I mean contractors.
Afghanistan/Pakistan: 2001–present. About 1,000 Americans dead, over 4,500 wounded. That doesn’t count casualties of our mercenaries...I mean contractors.
TSA: 2001–present. Domestic airline travel done "the government way."
Let’s not forget...
Counterfeiting, bailouts, nationalization and massive inflation: Just another way that Washington says "you belong to me."
Regulation of every facet of human life: Try to think of a second of your life that is not regulated in some way by Washington. Quick answer: that second does not exist.
Two-party political system: two sides of the same coin, both Washington cheerleaders and sycophants. Both want to spend unconstitutional money. Out of control military, bases in 130 nations.
Here is the point to this litany of tyranny. The government of the United States of America has screwed up the entire planet through their actions over the last 150 years. The events of currency collapse and inflation in our not-too-distant future will reverberate throughout every nation on earth.
States of the United States that choose to secede will certainly be affected by the implosion of the Washington government. But, could any new nation ever match the "Hall of Shame" listed above?
New American nations, formed from the seceding United States, would be little pinpoints of light and liberty. If their only guiding principle was to not make the same mistakes that the US government made over the last 150 years, they would be destined for success.
How could they fail?
Monday, November 16, 2009
This by Russell D. Longcore, who writes the secessionist website DumpDC.com, via LewRockwell.com. Reprinted in full because I couldn't decide where to cut it, except for a little redundancy.