A decade ago, perhaps even a few years ago, this question would never have occurred to anyone. Shall the nation remain intact or shall it be divided between those who believe in and need state control of their lives and those who believe in independence, personal responsibility, limited government and liberty?
Walter Williams over at the Investors Business Daily website has considered this question. Here are his thoughts on the subject.
Does U.S. Need To Split Along Political Lines?
Ten years ago I asked the following question in a column titled “It’s Time To Part Company”:
“If one group of people prefers government control and management of people’s lives and another prefers liberty and a desire to be left alone, should they be required to fight, antagonize one another, risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences or should they be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways?”
The problem that our nation faces is very much like a marriage where one partner has broken, and has no intention of keeping, the marital vows. Of course, the marriage can remain intact and one party tries to impose his will on the other and engage in the deviousness of one-upmanship. Rather than submission by one party or domestic violence, a more peaceable alternative is separation.
I believe we are nearing a point where there are enough irreconcilable differences between those Americans who want to control other Americans and those Americans who want to be left alone that separation is the only peaceable alternative. Just as in a marriage, where vows are broken, our human rights protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution have been grossly violated by a government instituted to protect them.
The Democrat-controlled Washington is simply an escalation of a process that has been in full stride for at least two decades. There is no evidence that Americans who are responsible for and support constitutional abrogation have any intention of mending their ways.
You say, “Williams, what do you mean by constitutional abrogation?” Let’s look at just some of the magnitude of the violations.
Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution lists the activities for which Congress is authorized to tax and spend. Nowhere on that list is authority for Congress to tax and spend for: prescription drugs, Social Security, public education, farm subsidies, bank and business bailouts, food stamps and other activities that represent roughly two-thirds of the federal budget.
Neither is there authority for congressional mandates to the states and people about how they may use their land, the speed at which they can drive, whether a library has wheelchair ramps and the gallons of water used per toilet flush.
The list of congressional violations of both the letter and spirit of the Constitution is virtually without end. Our derelict Supreme Court has given Congress sanction to do anything upon which they can muster a majority vote.
It’s a measure how far we’ve come, or fallen, in just a decade. Prior to the events of the last fourteen months, people would have not believed we could come to this point—whether the union can survive or should be divided. We’re approaching similar circumstances as we did 150 years go. Who would have believed it?
If it comes to this, I'm just glad I moved to the South. Frankly, the North really isn't worth keeping anymore, with its high taxes and government control at every level. I'll continue to fight for the Republic as a whole, but if the Regressives want to leave, so be it.
The leeches need to feast on the flesh of the productive. They cannot let go or they know they will starve and die.
Yep, it's time for a divorce…