Secession Agreement

I recently received an email from a friend proposing a “Divorce Agreement” between American socialists and conservatives to peacefully “divide up the country” because the “two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree.” This was credited to a young law student by the name of John J. Wall.  I agree with Mr. Wall’s suggestion and offer below my version of his idea as a “Secession Agreement”:

To American leftists, liberals, Marxists, socialists, progressives; and other angry, resentful, troublesome people:

Whereas: We had stuck together until the 1860s for the sake of an illusionary Union.

Whereas: Increasingly over the past 150 years our political and cultural differences have become intolerably disagreeable.

Whereas: Those differences are irreconcilable, we propose to revoke our former alliance and go our separate ways.

Therefore: We the traditional, conservative Americans intend to occupy the Southern States. All other States so inclined may join our new Confederacy based on peaceful coexistence, goodwill, and agreement with our principles.

We agree not to interfere with your choices of unconstitutional public policies and disruptive lifestyles in other States, but we will no longer accept them being imposed on us in our States.

We hereby nullify burdensome federal tax, regulation and social justice policies that threaten our livelihoods, property and personal freedoms—as stated in the U. S Constitution and its first ten amendments. We hereby reaffirm Amendment X as the guiding principle of our government. We intend to repeal the first sentence in Section 1. of Amendment XIV.

We do not recognize federal powers not enumerated in that Document.

We agree to pay our fair share of the costs of legitimate national defense, the Interstate highway system, and federal programs only that benefit all American citizens equally, but we will not accept any federal debts or deficits incurred; and we will end all economically disruptive Federal Reserve banking activities in our States.

We will accept all Christians and Jews and protect them from radical Islamists. Our States will be sanctuaries for all who respect our history, honor our traditional values and support government officials that will pledge to secure our unalienable rights to life, liberty and property. Freedom of religion will be respected, but people who use the pulpit to foment hate and violence against others will be stopped.

We will vigorously protect our borders from foreign invaders, but will not meddle in the affairs of other sovereign nations. We will no longer support the United Nations, “foreign aid” or military bases in other countries. Immigrants screened for their abilities to contribute wealth and other important values to our society will be admitted if they agree to assimilate into our culture, be self-sufficient and work toward citizenship.

We will strengthen the Militia in each State and post units on any borders subject to invasion by foreign aliens.

We will support capitalism, but oppose cronyism. And we will allow natural resources industries to explore and develop those resources that will benefit our citizens. We will not subsidize any business with public funds or give privileges not allowed to all. We will repeal “corporate income” taxes, “minimum wage,” and labor laws that inhibit business growth. All regulations will be required to pass intense cost-benefit scrutiny, and all lawsuits will be subject to loser-pays law. Legal contracts will be reciprocal across our State borders.

We will honor American history and all symbols respecting those Americans who fought against tyranny for freedom and liberty during and since the first American Revolution. Our education institutions will no longer be sanctuaries for radical activist leftists—no more divisive “diversity” minority and gender segregation programs.

We will allow all of our citizens the right of self-defense regardless the method they choose to protect themselves and others. We will not tolerate violent criminal activity by street mobs. We will no longer provide “public housing” that segregates our citizens. Social programs that contribute to government dependency and dissolution of the traditional family will be eliminated.

Those American citizens who agree to these principles and conditions are welcome to join our Confederate States of America. Those who do not are free to leave.

Peace on you.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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