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Secession: Is it Possible...

Updated on September 19, 2009

The talk of secession has been in the news of late. Is secession a possibly; constitutionally legal or just another political gamesmanship? Governor Perry, of Texas, hinted at such a bombshell during one of the Texas “Tea Party” events last summer. If one would read the United States Constitution; is there clear indication as to the legalities of such a separation of individual states. Did the Civil War or the War for Southern Independence, depending on your view point, settle the issue or was this conflict used to promote an agenda by a select few to resolve old political disagreements.

Many nationalists’ movements will reference the Tenth Amendment as the legal clause to justify such action for the states to separate. Is this enough and should such a drastic action take place in order to “form a more perfect union”. Are we to believe that we as Americans invented the term secession or had such actions happen in the past , as well as, in modern times. Did the mighty Roman Empire split and form two distinct kingdoms around 395 AD and did Moses lead his people and secede from the Egyptian Pharaoh because of tyrannical rule. India and South Africa finally separated from Great Britain. The satellite countries of the former USSR have all broken from or seceded from their Union.

From the most famous document in the world our own 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.”

Did this apply only one time in the course of human history? If all thirteen colonies voluntarily entered into the legal agreement of the constitution do they also have the right to voluntarily leave such an agreement?

Please leave your comments and discuss your opinion on the subject and place your vote in the poll.

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