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4/19/12

The First Shot in a New Rebellion?

The signs are becoming more clear that some of the states have had enough of the destruction of the US Constitution. There already have been a number of states who have sued the federal government to halt the implementation of certain provisions of Obama-care. A few more states have sued over various other policies concerning immigration and other issues. Several others have informally begun the practice of non-cooperation with the DEA regarding the laws prohibiting the use of certain substances, usually marijuana.

But yesterday one state, Virginia, formally made it state policy to refuse to cooperate in the enforcement of a new unconstitutional US law that essentially revokes the right of  Habeas Corpus.

In fact, as one news release, from the Young Americans for Liberty, has it,
 
"On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that forbids state agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act."


It could possibly be the start of something I have thought about for a long time. I have posed the question to myself by asking, "what might happen if some states essentially seceded from the union by ceasing dealings with the over-reaching and rights-violating federal government?"

No blood, no violence. Just a "Keep your money, enforce your own laws, collect your own taxes, and we'll take care of our own business" policy. End cooperation and maybe even formal communication. Would the President send troops? To do what? Shoot the Governors? Imprison all the people?

I think the Congress and the President would blink first. Passive resistance has worked in the past, so it's not as crazy as it first sounds. The USSR was defeated without a shot being fired. Gandhi and Martin Luther King had success using non-violent non-cooperation as well.

If even one state did this, might Congressmen and Senators finally understand what's going on? Might they start to seriously consider the overwhelming debt burden the country is starting to collapse under? Might they take the destruction of the value of the currency seriously then? Do you think this might be a huge issue on the front page of every newspaper in the country? The lead story on every network and cable news show?

So is this the first shot in a new non-military civil war? I for one hope so, even if I'm not predicting it will happen. I'm guessing that plenty of folks might think I'm crazy. Some already do.

But what's crazier, watching the end of our liberties without a whimper? Or lifting a finger, the middle one, to fight for our constitutionally guaranteed rights? Legislators in Virginia have taken the first step even if some of them don't realize it. I'd rather be thought crazy than know I did nothing as the whole thing degenerated into tyranny and chaos.

Feel free to comment about what you think we should do about the situation, if anything.

3 comments:

Jim at Conservatives on Fire said...

A while back I did a two part post on "What there was a Red State rebellion" along the same lines you are talking about. It may be the only way that we get our country back.

Brian Jennings said...

After the election you had a really dark perspective Grant, while I was a bit more positive, citing the animosity that will soon foment over peoples' personal confrontation with the new federalized healthcare aparatus as one of many motivating forces that will awaken America from it's slumber. McCain & Graham's recent attack on Rand Paul have forced me to reevaluate. When an elected senator is attacked by his own party for supporting due process, one must surely question the continued viability of the founder's vision. One can only imagine what horse swap Obama offered these two bums to ensure they viciously attempted to smear the justness of Paul's cause.

Grant Davies said...

McCain and Graham are "conservatives." Most people think so anyways.

There will either be a new libertarian GOP, or there will be no more GOP. Either way is OK with me. If it's to be survival as the only possible real opposition to the "progressive" politics, then the party will need to attract Democrats.

Dems don't vote for people like McCain or Graham. It's basically Rand Paul or goodbye.

I have spent much of the last three years introducing Rand Paul to people on my blog. Almost all of them never heard of him before. They will know him very well by 2016.

Then it's choice time. So maybe....but I'm not predicting anything.