Saturday, September 24, 2011

Triggers to Ohio independence

Yesterday, I suggested that the likely result of an Article V Constitutional Convention should be a trigger to Ohio independence. Here is a more complete list:
  1. Replacement of the U.S. Constitution, or any amendment thereto that reduces the rights enumerated in the first ten amendments (Bill of Rights).
  2. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within any state without the consent of the legislature of that state;
  3. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a military draft, for anyone of any age, except in punishment of crime (13th Amendment).
  4. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to a corporation or a foreign government.
  5. Federal Reserve Bank policy that induces a hyperinflation (a depreciation of the U.S. dollar at an annual rate of 20% or more).
This list is based on a state sovereignty resolution introduced in South Carolina in March 2009.

Update Sept. 24: Russell Longcore at DumpDC offers a concurring opinion. He believes that it will take a trigger like the ones listed above to enable a state to secede successfully. The one he considers most likely is #5.

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