Independence, yes; secession, no?

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The above meme was apparently from Tumblr, but I found it here.

The point it makes is obvious, and it was on my mind the other day, in the midst of the annual Independence Day hoopla. This year I confess I wasn’t feeling very festive about celebrating our evanescent ‘freedoms’, and I was also feeling the irony of so many comments on various blogs, condemning the idea of secession as ‘treasonous’ or at best, wrongheaded.

The point has been made by many people that our forefathers’ decision to declare independence from the British crown was secession, regardless of whether it was labeled as such. Our forefathers were subjects of Great Britain and they chose unilaterally to remove themselves from that political body and to become an independent, sovereign people.

Somehow, though, by 1863, the powers-that-be in this new nation ‘of, by, and for the people’ discovered a new principle: that for a constituent state of the Union to depart peacefully was ‘treason’ and that it must be punished by armed invasion and open warfare on the people who were, the day before, fellow Americans and who were stil kinsmen.

And the dogmatic, rigid Unionists of today, most of them Northerners, still insist that the South committed treason and that they had to be brought back into subjection by armed force — and taught a harsh lesson under the Orwellian-named Reconstruction.

To add more irony to irony, many of the same ‘conservative’ Americans who cheered the Brexit result, and applauded our British cousins for choosing to leave, rejected talk of ‘Texit’ or any secession movements in this country.

And ‘we’ think only liberals are a bundle of contradictions.

 

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S.C. Governor sued

From NumbersUSA, we learn that Governor Nimrata Randhawa, I mean ‘Nikki’ Haley has been sued over refugee resettlement in South Carolina. Good. Some of the governors and others involved in this nefarious business, which violates both states’ rights and the ‘will of the people’, should be sued. This should not go on uncontested and unchallenged.

The comments section at the article link is somewhat surprising in that the commenters express disgust that Governor Haley reneged on her promises regarding immigration and Syrian refugees specifically. Someone also mentions that she has done her bit to perpetuate the ‘nation of immigrants’ mythology. Well, of course she would; even people who identify with their immigrant ancestors from several generations back tend to be full of sympathy for all immigrants, and those people are often the biggest proponents and apologists for open borders. In part because our society has filled us full of emotional stories about immigrants coming here to find the ‘American dream’, about how all our forefathers were immigrants (not true),  most people have come to identify with the ”poor immigrant” and his noble desire to become an American. Maybe this kind of manipulated emotion is finally starting to be seen as the destructive thing it is. As long as we sentimentalize and romanticize immigration per se, and tell ourselves that ”we are all immigrants”, we will continue to be suckers and pushovers for the liberal/open borders/globalist mind-conditioning.

But people of recent immigrant stock like Governor Nimrata, as well as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz can hardly be expected to think or see things as do those of us who are ‘generational Americans’ or old-stock descendants of colonists. They seem to have a knee-jerk reaction on the subject of immigration — why wouldn’t they? And they come from groups that are much more ethnocentric and clannish than those of us whose families were here since, say, before the Revolution. Our families fought, sweated worked, suffered privation and shed blood to make this country, as well as to make it the prosperous and free country it once was. What have the recent immigrant stock people invested in this country? I am not just referring to monetary investment, but what can this country, its people, and its history and heritage mean to them? Obviously not much, or they would not be in favor of opening the gates wider, which inevitably changes this country irrevocably.

A bit off topic, I see that Donald Trump has been declared the winner of the GOP primary in Governor Nimrata’s state. I am surprised because a state that re-elects the likes of Lindsay ‘Grahamnesty’ Graham and elects Governor Nimrata — as well as giving so many votes to the two Hispanic candidates — lacks healthy ethnocentrism. It appears that the South Carolina citizenry put more stock in ‘party loyalty’ than loyalty to the South, or to their folk. I suppose it’s just a microcosm of the South, which has been colonized heavily by people from north of the Mason-Dixon line for some decades now, and more recently, by people from the four corners of the globe. Change the people, change the place.

Governor Nimrata understands that.