Thursday, May 26, 2011
The South desired secession. Were they wrong?
In the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, it was written:
"well-regulated" - requiring both the possession of the proper weapons and equipment and proper training - was a more likely guarantee of being effective in the People's fight to remain free, should they need to resist their own government once more. It did not limit "the People" to only those individuals in the militia. It simply stated that such a militia would not even be possible if the people were disbarred the ability to keep and bear arms.
So, the Founders knew that a "long train of abuses" with no relenting by government demanded a change. The South felt the need for a change as well. As I have posted before, it had little to do with slavery and much to do with the tariffs and unfair trade practices (so much for the Commerce clause) that the Federal government was imposing upon the Southern states. They did not seek to use force to stop the Federal government from imposing these restrictions and fees. They did not seek to force their vision of proper government upon the Northern states. They simply wished to separate, and form their own union.
HM lists a long train of current abuses that indicate why he thinks we would indeed have benefited had the South been successful in seceding. Please read his post at:
Consider bookmarking and following his blog. He writes well and often posts things we all need to read, things that will open your eyes to important ideas that you might otherwise have missed.