Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


March 25, 2013

Stumptalk: Can secession come to America?

CROSSVILLE — If states seriously threatened secession, the President would send troops in faster than President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock in 1957, so legal secession cannot happen here even though the Declaration of Independence encourages it and nothing in the U.S. Constitution forbids it. But since Mr. Lincoln especially, presidents have rarely been bothered by the Constitution. They do what they have to do to keep power. To most presidents as with most career politicians, power is the highest good.  

Another equally powerful force against secession is the federal government’s money. Citizens and states depend on Social Security, military pensions, highway funds, education funds, and other programs of federal largesse. Dependence upon federal money would dampen secession sentiment faster than armed troops. No matter how citizens may feel about the current state of affairs in the nation, they cannot afford legal secession.

But Americans also cannot afford the out of control government now moving inexorably towards financial ruin. So, even though secession cannot happen in the near term, its feasibility is worth discussing. Contrary to what the history books teach, the first secession did not occur in the 1860s but earlier in 1775 when disgruntled American colonists decided that the king’s tax burden was too high. Compare the colonists’ taxes to contemporary America’s and some might ask, “What were they fighting about? They had it good.” Nonetheless, following the dictates of the Declaration of Independence, American colonists seceded from Great Britain and formed their own nation.

Then, following the precedent established by the nation’s founders, southern states began the secession movement that led to the War of Northern Aggression. Secession was constitutional; attacking seceding states was not, but Lincoln showed little concern for the rule of law. Lincoln, who succeeded famously in thwarting secession, killing 800,000 Americans in the process (800,000 is a new scholarly estimate based upon continuing research) is considered America’s greatest president by many. That’s a historical rule: kill more people; earn more praise; see more monuments to yourself built.

A kind of secession does exist, however. Like our continuing de facto racial segregation, de facto secession has been with us for some time. As Pat Buchanan writes, Americans are seceding from each other. The Red State/Blue State divide is real and a cultural, more than a political phenomenon. Red America is religious, culturally conservative, family oriented, hard working and frugal. Citizens of Red America believe in God’s objective moral truth (that is, the Natural Law or the Moral Law, explained simply and eloquently by C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity). This truth is permanent and unchangeable and continues regardless of what human beings may think from time to time. Citizens of Blue America, on the other hand, are moral relativists, where truth is a plastic or malleable idea and changes in accordance with convenience and fashion. This difference of viewpoint creates a cultural chasm too wide to breach. More than anything, this contributes to the continuing in-migration of Americans from Blue Nation to Red Nation.

Most Americans who migrate to Red States say they move for economic reasons like lower taxes and lower housing costs. Others cite quality of life: less urban congestion and lower crime rates, but the unstated (and politically incorrect) reason argues most convincingly: people prefer to be those with whom they share common moral and cultural characteristics. The diversity police of course apply the racist label to Red America.

Enlightenment propaganda notwithstanding, human beings are tribal creatures. History and contemporary culture shows that tribalism trumps everything. What is happening in America is what happens everywhere: Balkanization based on ethnicity, religion, and race. We are now two Americas: non white and white, and as years pass, the tensions that once existed between non-white and white ethnic groups will end as each isolates itself from the other. Tensions among non-white ethnicities will increase, as is now happening in Los Angeles between African Americans and Latinos (and which, for obviously politically correct reasons, is never reported by the MSM). History shows that these tensions will escalate as white Americans, who will one day be outnumbered, withdraw to protected enclaves in Red States.

Secession is here to stay. 


Text Only
  • Lion and the Lamb: Our war on women

    Jimmy Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, has had quite an impressive career as an author. His first book was published in 1975, and he has now written a total of 37 books, 23 of them after his presidency. He has set a high example for other past presidents, especially those who would like to find ways of being as beneficial to their nation as possible in the days after their retirement.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tidbits: "Selfie" destruction

    Technology continues to profoundly impact our daily lives, from the Heartbleed Bug that put hundreds of thousands of websites at risk of compromising customer usernames and passwords, to the little light that tries to tell me I'm about to run out of gas. Technology also impacts our language, with new words being created to describe the latest gizmo, gadget or trend.

    April 21, 2014

  • Stumptalk: It depends on what you mean

    A writer’s headline asks, “Do we really believe in democracy?” To which I answer, “What do you mean by democracy?

    April 21, 2014

  • LION AND THE LAMB: Four ways to demonstrate opposition

    Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan mention in their book, “The Last Week,” that Roman-occupied Palestine during the first century was under the control of Pontius Pilate who lived in the coastal city of Caesarea. Each year at the beginning of the Passover observance when Jews celebrated their liberation from Egypt, Pilate feared that they might be getting ideas about revolting from Rome, so he would come with additional soldiers on horses to beef up the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. 

    April 15, 2014

  • WE THE PEOPLE: Is it (new) party time?

    The Democratic and Republican parties are toast, according to Joe Trippi. The Republican Party is coming apart at its Tea Party seam. Democratic candidates struggle to celebrate President Obama’s health care successes, while responding to criticism of his failed promises, e.g., government transparency.

    April 15, 2014

  • TIDBITS: I found it at the library

    I have such fond memories of going to my local library as a child, searching through shelf after shelf and finding a book that would make me a Little Princess in World War II England, or bring me along as Nancy Drew solved the Secret in the Old Attic.

    April 14, 2014

  • STUMPTALK: The reason words have meaning

    If words did not have accepted meanings we would not be able to communicate effectively and civilized society would not exist.

    April 14, 2014

  • Lion and the Lamb: Do we really believe in democracy?

    The recent Supreme Court decision, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, is in a long line of debates about power in a democracy. Should power be in the hands of all the citizens or should it be in hands of those who have greater wealth and social position?

    April 8, 2014

  • We the People: Public education or business opportunity?

    A month ago, we followed the money trail left by a ‘think tank’ to the major sources funding an attack on our traditional, locally controlled public schools. We saw that a handful of billionaires provide major support to many organizations lobbying for change.

    April 8, 2014

  • Stumptalk: Just another government lie?

    There is a vault located in Fort Knox, Kentucky. It was built in 1936 and encased in 16 cubic feet of granite and 4200 feet of cement. The door is made of 20-inch thick material that is immune to drills, torches and explosives.

    April 7, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice