Our almighty Federal overlords in the White House have responded to the petition begun by Michael E of Slidell, asking the President’s permission for Louisiana to “…peacefully secede from the union”. The response predictably quotes some gibberish from Abraham Lincoln while asserting that like the prison Island of Alcatraz, from the American Union, there is no escape.
What amazes me is the celebration of this “finding” from Louisiana’s hoi polloi which is easily accessible by browsing over to the NOLA.com website1. There are equal number of carpetbaggers from prison camp states north of the old Mason Dixon Line taunting pro-secessionists to “(sic) Go already…I get a little tired having a bunch of redneck deadbeats sucking the money South” which I take to mean that our welfare recipients are a drag on precarious northern finances. But that misses the point entirely, why should ANY state receive what appears to be jackpot winnings from the Washington Casino?
I have personally met with Michael E who wishes to remain anonymous and inquired of his motivations for the petition. He told me that “I had to do something…SOMEONE has to do something to stop this out-of-control national government.” I have spoken to Michael today and after reading the White House’s response asks me to convey a few things I am happy to say I agree with AND are part of the actual historical record. Most intriguing is ol’ two faced Honest Abe’s opinion on secession BEFORE he was elected President “Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better.”2
Michael also wonders as do I why folks wish to stay in a “free country” where the freedom to choose your form of government is said to be enforced by threat of war? If that’s freedom & self government, please help explain tyranny and bondage?
On January 12, 1848, Abraham Lincoln, in an address before the United States House of Representatives, stated:
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable — a most sacred right — a right, [p270] which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”