This article was from 2012 when many Oklahomans and others began seriously considering secession. The so-called “experts” all poo-pooed the idea saying it couldn’t be done. Here are a few examples.
“It’s ridiculous, the states cannot secede. We saw that in 1865. Six hundred something thousand men lost their lives to prove that the union is indissoluble. It can’t be done,” Historian Bob Shalhope said.
“It has got to be the federal government or congress saying it’s okay, agreeing to it, but you know that is slim to none,” Political Scientist Michael Hirlinger said.
“It’s empty talk and rhetoric, nothing is going to come of it. It lets them blow off their emotions and blow off steam,” Shalhope said.
“The power of secession is not a power reserved to the state. It’s not worth discussing,” Shalhope said.
That last one is pretty rich. This pompous ass blows off the anger rising in America against the federal government by saying that secession isn’t a power reserved to the states. Hmmmm. This idiot doesn’t seem to realize that all the things the federal government is doing that we are pissed about are NOT powers reserved to the FEDERAL government.
So, let me get this straight. Just because secession isn’t written into the Constitution, when the federal government becomes tyrannical and exceeds its authority, we’re supposed to just sit back and take it?
Perhaps you remember when a group of colonies were being oppressed by a tyrannical king. Did the colonies have the power delegated by King George to secede? Nope. But they RIGHTLY did it anyway. Perhaps I should remind these simpletons of the words penned by our founding fathers in our Declaration of Independence.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The Constitution is a CONTRACT between the states and the federal government. The government has violated the terms of that contract, thus rendering that contract null and void. We have EVERY RIGHT to secede, and on our current path it is not only our right, but our duty if we want to preserve any shred of our liberty for ourselves and our children.