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For What It's Worth
For What It's Worth
I have seen and heard numerous reactions to the recent vote by the people of France against the Constitution of the European Union. Here is my two cents, for what it’s worth.
When the Federal Government of the United States of America was formed, it’s sole powers were to establish and enforce laws pertaining to interstate trade and commerce between the member States, as well as provide for the common defense of the Union.
Most of the States that joined the Union had provisions for withdrawal established as part of their entry into the Union. However, these provisions were ignored by the Federal Government in July 1861, when the forces of the Union invaded the Sovereign State of Virginia and engaged in battle at Bull Run.
Historians still debate the validity of the US Federal Government’s right to ignore the provisions of withdrawal in the States charters of admission. However, keep in mind that the forces of the Union DID INVADE States that HAD NOT seceded from the Union …
Here are the articles of Secession from the State of Missouri, constructed and enacted 3 months after the battle of Bull Run;
An act declaring the political ties heretofore existing between the State of Missouri and the United States of America dissolved.
Whereas the Government of the United States, in possession and under the control of a sectional party, has wantonly violated the compact originally made between said Government and the State of Missouri, by invading with hostile armies the soil of the State, attacking and making prisoners the militia while legally assembled under the States Laws, forcibly occupying the State capital, and attempting through the instrumentality of domestic traitors to usurp the State government, seizing and destroying private property, and murdering with fiendish malignity peaceable citizens, men, women, and children, together with other acts of atrocity, indicating a deep-settled hostility toward the people of Missouri and their institutions; and
Whereas the present Administration of the Government of the United States has utterly ignored the Constitution, subverted the Government as constructed and intended by it’s maker’s, and establish a despotic and arbitrary power instead thereof: Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the general assembly of the State of Missouri, that all political ties of every character new existing between the Government of the United States of America and the people and government of the State of Missouri are hereby dissolved, and the State of Missouri, resuming the sovereignty granted by compact to the said United State upon admission of said State into the Federal Union, does again take its place as a free and independent republic amongst the nations of the earth.
This act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved: October 31, 1861
The Constitution of the United States was framed on September 17, 1787. I would hate to think that 74 years from now, the European Union could have a similar bloodbath experienced by the United States of America. I hope the European Union can avoid the pitfalls of common governance, for such governance can grow into something completely foreign to the original peoples who brought said governance into existence. I wish you all, and your descendents, good luck.
Steps down from soapbox and exists stage left. Wondering if the f#cking post will be approved this time.
6/5/2005 8:52 pm
Hey, looks like it finally stuck!|