Oklahoma May be Leaving the Door Open for Secession

(Graphic by Darwinek)

It’s a 2-fer! A second article in same day! Original posting link below.

https://texianpartisan.com/oklahoma-may-leaving-door-open-secession/

If you’ve been following the Texian Partisan, you might have read the recent story about North Carolina State politicians who proposed removing secession prohibitions from their state’s constitution, clearing the way for a vote on independence. Well, NC is by no means the only or the first state to have their officials openly considering this.

Enter Senator Joseph Silk. This Oklahoma politician suggested that, during the 2017 legislative session, Oklahoma remove a portion of Section I-1 of the state’s constitution. “Which portion?” you may ask. Well, in the area where it says, “The State of Oklahoma is an inseparable part of the Federal Union,” he thinks they should lose that bit where it says “inseparable.” Quoted in an article appearing on AOL, Senator Silk said, “’Clearly, our founding fathers believed that no people or group of people should be inseparably bound politically to another.’”

If such a resolution is passed, it would leave yet another state with a possible exit strategy from the Union. And while the Senator doesn’t believe that Independence is something Oklahoma needs immediately, the fact that he and a growing number of legally elected state officials are openly speaking about it and making motions in the direction of independence is a good indicator of growing general dissatisfaction in the US federal government.

Ideas like independence are typically accompanied by the usual suspects of nay-saying, people that think such things could never happen in modernity. The afore-mentioned article quotes one such person. Nevertheless, such pronouncements on the impossibility of secession seem to be more wishful thinking than informed analysis. It’s a common fantasy to believe that one is living at the end of history, standing on the pinnacle of humanity, and that our future is one of global governance rather than many national identities. No doubt, every successful civilization has had similar notions. However, it’s important to note that while human achievement and knowledge has advanced immensely through the millennia, human nature and needs largely have not. The real lesson of history is that governments come and, when the people chafe under them, they go. And the larger a bureaucracy gets, the more removed it becomes from those it governs. If the governed are acutely aware of this, it’s their tendency to prefer and seek their own governance to that of an increasingly alien power, even if that power doesn’t think of itself as “alien.” Until human nature changes, we’ll have to put off the Star Trek future for later. Sorry Scotty.

What has been common throughout history will be again. Nationalism is on the rise, and while it may not be the bloody ordeal it has been in times past (now relegated to the ballot box), it is still a common factor of today’s body politic. Consider the recent Brexit from the EU, or the fact that the world has expanded from 72 countries in 1945, to this day’s 196 (If you count Taiwan). It’s only a matter of time until this historical and global phenomenon returns to our continent. If the United States continues to govern outside it’s constitutionally granted sphere of authority, it won’t be long before the first US states decide they’d rather govern themselves than continue to outsource their sovereignty to an apparatus that doesn’t share their values or concerns and remains content to ignore them… except on Tax Day, mid-term elections, and during the race for the White House.

– Ryan Thorson

North Carolina May be Taking a Step Towards Independence

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Here’s my latest article published in the Texian Partisan!

https://texianpartisan.com/north-carolina-may-taking-step-towards-independence/

 

North Carolina has a history of chaffing under its federal yoke. Those of us in Texas definitely know what they’re concerned with, such as the disrespect Washington shows for our democratic/republican process; the way it inserts itself into our lives, even in the most mundane areas; and the way it tries to shape our values against our will. Well, NC might be making a move to solve their problems with the federal bureaucracy, and permanently. North Carolina is considering re-legalizing secession in their state.

 

Many are under the impression that Lincoln winning the Civil War, a conflict that NC found itself on the losing side, ended any question of secession. However, this is not any more accurate than it is in a hypothetical case of a local sheriff appropriating someone’s house under false pretenses. His residing there owes more to his title and the gun on his hip than to any legal or moral authority that he may have.

 

The supreme law of US is the Constitution, and it assigns only limited authority to the federal government, outlining certain enumerated powers that are its alone. To punctuate this limitation we have the tenth amendment, which states that the “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Just in case there are any politicians reading this, I will simplify it. If the Constitution doesn’t explicitly give the federal government a power over the states, it doesn’t have it. Also, if the Constitution doesn’t explicitly forbid the states a power, then the states or the individual citizenry retain that power; this would include the power to leave the Union. Seems simple, right? Well it is, the logically/legally tortured Supreme Court decision, Texas v. White, notwithstanding. And even though politicians and judges have built careers on implementing or mitigating unconstitutional DC actions, that only means the law is being ignored, not that their actions are justified.

 

There is only one way for secession to be legally eliminated as an option for the people of any state, and that’s if they themselves give it up. This could come in a form of a ratified COTUS amendment or, as North Carolina has done, in a state constitutional restriction of that power. However, there seems to be enough discontent with the overreach of the federal government that the state is possibly rethinking the wisdom of such a decision.

 

According to an article from The News & Observer, Republicans (George Cleveland, Larry Pittman, and Michael Speciale) in NC’s House of Representatives proposed a bill to create a 2018 referendum that, if passed, would remove Article I sec. 4 of their state Constitution that says, “This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation; there is no right on the part of this State to secede; and all attempts, from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve this Union or to sever this Nation, shall be resisted with the whole power of the State.” This, combined with a few other planned tweaks to the CONC, would clear the only obstacle to NC leaving the Union and reclaiming her own independence.

 

A growing amount of states and citizens are now seriously considering full or partial independence measures. With such a trend, you’d think that the US government would be more motivated to make substantial reforms of federal power, but this is not the case. In fact, it is not altogether certain that such necessary changes to preserve freedom and avert the Union’s demise through fiscal mismanagement are even possible in its current sorry state. Even top-down invasive measures like Obamacare, far from being repealed already as was thought likely, the conversation has turned to how much of this unconstitutional law will the new Republican government retain.

 

As the US government seems locked-in to an authoritarian track, more and more states are realizing that their best option for preserving their freedom and economic solvency is independence. If North Carolina moves ahead with reviving the option of secession, for lack of true reform in DC, I guarantee that it won’t be the last.