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The Function of Secession

The Function of Secession

by Bill Miller There was a time—beginning with the founding of this Union—when our States believed in limited government, and if the central government exceeded its delegated authority, these feisty independent sovereigns had no qualms with either nullification or secession as a possible remedy. But once those eleven Southern States finally did secede in 1861, […]

Arizona — The New South Carolina?

Arizona — The New South Carolina?

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. I guess it really didn’t. Still, I was shocked and appalled all the same. I had just set down to lunch with my daughters at Hamburger Heaven in Homewood, Alabama when I heard the news from the TV overhead and behind me. The federal judge had, for the most part, ruled Arizona‘s illegal alien […]

Why Celebrate Independence Day?

Why Celebrate Independence Day?

Some 230 years ago the American colonies declared their independence, the necessity of consent of the governed, the premise of Divine endowment of inalienable rights, the purpose and end of government, the invalidity of tyranny, their grievances of abuses under the British crown, and each their individual sovereignty. Their cooperation therein implicated the association between them […]

Treasonous Secession

Treasonous Secession

Is secession an act of treason? by Bill Miller One of the most frequently voiced arguments against the right of States to peacefully withdraw from the Compact is that secession is treasonous and un-American. Interestingly enough, the Constitution contains a precise legal definition of treason, and before flinging the charge, an understanding of the term […]

The Guaranty of Republic Government

The Guaranty of Republic Government

Does Secession Require Republican Government? This argument is no longer seriously advanced by anyone, but since Lincoln offered it as one of his justifications for using force to deny the States their right to withdraw from the Union, it needs to be addressed. It is also another great example of Lincoln’s skill at constitutional jujitsu. […]

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