November 28, 2023

The Path Toward Civil War II

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I am going to present historic accounts for readers. Please bear in mind, and try to lose your biased notions about who, what, when, where and how the Civil War began, was fought and was ended. I am presenting a historic document, that at the time, is what the State Government of South Carolina perceived to be the laws under which they agreed to in signing onto the Constitution to be one of the United States. Wrong or right, is NOT the issue here. What is at issue is WHAT THEY BELIEVED at the time, and what they were willing to undertake to stop it.

The State of South Carolina was the first state to succeed from the Union. This document is their Declaration of Causes of Succession.

It begins: “The People of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D. 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union;”

Later in the Declaration it reads: “For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the Common Government. Observing the forms of the Constitution, a sectional party has found within that article establishing the Executive Department, the means of subverting the Constitution itself.”

Slavery was a part of the reasons that South Carolina believed the United States Government was violating the Constitution, along with other treaties and agreements. The people got angry enough, knowing their succession, would no doubt, lead to war.

Today, the Texas Governor calls for a Constitutional Convention” for the purpose: “to amend the U.S. Constitution and wrest power from a federal government “run amok.”” 

“If we are going to fight for, protect and hand on to the next generation, the freedom that [President] Reagan spoke of … then we have to take the lead to restore the rule of law in America,” 

The governor is calling for nine amendments to the Constitution, two of which are:

Prohibit administrative agencies from creating federal law.

Prohibit administrative agencies from pre-empting state law. 

While it doesn’t spell out exactly, it appears the governor is seeking a prohibition on Executive Orders that create federal law. We can kid ourselves all we want in order to fulfill political agendas, but executive orders create federal laws.

It would appear that S. Carolina’s 1860 Declaration of Causes for Succession are very similar to what the Texas governor and many others are calling for.

As a country, we don’t seem to have learned about the importance of the Second Amendment, is there much reason to suspect we’ve learned more about the Civil War?

How far will pissed off Americans go?