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Constitutional
Amendment to Secede

from the United States of America


1. Federal taxes and regulations are too burdensome. We agree in principle to the common defense but the USA has been a warmonger since 1812 and lied its way into two World Wars, engaged in undeclared wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Somalia and is even now engaged in imperialist misadventures around the world, none of which justify the death of even one American. This cannot be borne either financially or morally.

2. The U.S. legal system is of lawyers, by lawyers, for lawyers with lawyers on the bench, on ethics review panels and in our pockets. This legal system is cruel and inhuman punishment and cannot be endured by a free people who value justice.

Therefore, whereas the United States of America is a voluntary association, it is resolved that any state may secede from the union by the same procedures by which they originally joined.


Would any colony have agreed to join the Union if it had known it would have to fight to get out?

The Union was a creation by the states, not the other way around. The United States is a voluntary association created by the states and states have and had every right to secede. The Declaration of Independence itself provides for secession - "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 abolish it, and to institute new Government..."

Jefferson Davis in his inaugural address stated that, "the American idea [is] that governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established." Similarly President James Buchanan in his annual message to Congress in 1860 said, "The fact is that our Union rests upon public opinion and can never be cemented by the blood of its citizens...If it can not live in the affections of its people, it must die."

 


ARIZONA is considering the "Abolish Federal Government; State Sovereignty" measure sent to the floor of the Arizona House on a 9-0 vote by the Rules Committee. Earlier, the Federal Mandates and States' Rights Committee passed the bill, 3-2 on January 26, 2000.

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Karen Johnson, chairman of the federal mandates panel, and Dean Cooley, both Mesa Republicans.

"The many violations of the Constitution by the federal government include disposing of federal property without the approval of Congress, usurping jurisdiction from the states in such matters as abortion and firearms rights and seeking control of public lands within state borders," it says.

Under Article V of the Constitution, it notes, three-fourths of the states may abolish the federal government. Under the precedent established in Article VII, it said, fewer states can withdraw.

 


If a state or region wanted to secede, that would be the public sovereignty or democratic decision. The will of the people should be respected.

Furthermore, there is nothing in the Constitution preventing states from seceding - so a Constitutional Amendment should not be necessary. According to the Tenth Amendment, all non-specified rights belong to the states.

Several states delayed ratification of the Constitution and three states made clear their position regarding sovereignty by stating that "the powers of government may be resumed by the people whensoever it shall become necessary to their happiness."

Eventually, all 13 of the independent states ratified the Constitution and joined the new Union while retaining their sovereignty as states.

The states made the new central government sovereign only to the extent that the states delegated it limited and specific powers.

The Constitution is a "treaty among sovereigns" and under treaty law when one party violates its terms the other parties are automatically released from its obligations.


LINKS

War of Southern Independence

For a registered political party that wants to secede, see The Southern Party

The California Independence Party

The Hawaiian Nation

The New England Confederation

The Alaskan Independence Party


1. The 13 original colonies would not revert to English rule which they renounced in the Declaration of Independence of July 1776 or even to the Articles of Confederation but to their natural state of independence as during the Revolutionary War.

2. Hawaii would revert to being a Kingdom from which was illegally annexed.

3. Texas would again become an independent country. The 1848 Treaty of Annexation it signed was fulfilled and therefore no longer a valid issue, not the least because the Texas nation that signed it has ceased to exist.

4. The former Spanish areas like Florida, California and the Southwest have no problems since Spain has renounced its claims and Mexico's claims are derivative of Spain's.

5. Britain has renounced its claims to the Northwest, Oregon and Washington, so there is no problem there.

6. Finally we come to the Louisiana Purchase and Alaska which were bought by the United States. The United States being the sole owner may therefore dispose of this property in any manner it wishes. The Amendment is such a disposition.


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