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Choice News TUESDAY, NOV 13, 2012  |  180 comments
The petition to let Texas secede from the U.S. to be reviewed by the White House

As of 3:40 p.m. ET, more than 25,000 Texans have already signed the petition on The White House website to let Texas peacefully secede from United States of America and “create its own NEW government.”

The petition, created on Nov. 9, argues for secession.


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News Item11/15/12 4:19 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Very easy... did the Constitution delegate or prohibit this power? It did mention growth after all (i.e. accession)... Look Neil, you've got a great argument ... foreign aggressor attacks US soil ... US wins war and territory ... why chase all these other dead-ends? In any other area of law, if we used forced, perpetual accessions to mutual contracts, "universal law," no catch-all phrases... we'd be in a world of hurt
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News Item11/15/12 4:10 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Marty wrote:
(2) "The powers not delegated to the US by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the Statez respectively, or to the people." Now, where the confusion for you?
(3) How are my comments about Lincoln Ad Hominem? If a person engages in sophistry ... that person engages in sophistry. Where's the hiccup?
"Sophist" is an abusive term used the way you do, although the term can be neutral in a philosophical context. Anyway, you seem to be assuming that a power reserved to the States includes unilateral secession. How can you claim that w/o committing the same inferential error you attribute to Mr. "Universal Law" Lincoln?
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News Item11/15/12 4:06 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
(1) I don't disagree with your final point.
(2) "The powers not delegated to the US by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the Statez respectively, or to the people." Now, where the confusion for you?
(3) How are my comments about Lincoln Ad Hominem? If a person engages in sophistry ... that person engages in sophistry. Where's the hiccup?
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News Item11/15/12 3:51 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Marty wrote:
Actually, a withdrawal clause isn't a dissolution clause. You have a partnership ... one partner leaves ... partnership can continue. This isn't advanced legal theory. Logic was cruel to Lincoln, hence his affinity to sophistry
Now it's my turn to play Logic Referee: Abusive Ad Hominem & Petitio Principii. Please show me where the 10th Amendment says or implies [Universal Law?] anything about withdrawl. What's this "Catch-All" stuff? Too vague. Or what Federal power abuse did the South have in mind regarding President-Elect Lincoln?

Or let's say, proper Ad Hominem, that your construction is correct & Lincoln was wrong. Then the South in effect became an enemy power by initiating hostilities. You start a fight, don't whine "foul" if you get a bloody nose.

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News Item11/15/12 3:51 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Oh, and divorce isn't forbidden, so why does that example help you?
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News Item11/15/12 3:49 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Actually, a withdrawal clause isn't a dissolution clause. You have a partnership ... one partner leaves ... partnership can continue. This isn't advanced legal theory. Logic was cruel to Lincoln, hence his affinity to sophistry
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News Item11/15/12 3:42 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Marty wrote:
Neil,
The 10th employs "catch-all" language. Going into the Constitutional Convention, the States were the Sovereigns. At no point did they surrender sovereignty in a total way. Read the document, the grants of Federal power are clear. If they had given up secession power, Lincoln would supply us with an exact reference to instead if vague references to "universal law." How convenient for him to use a law that no one can read or hear. He is the oracle of universal law for all mankind.
Lincoln argued correctly that it is not in the character of ANY human government to describe legal means for its own dissolution. Governments are perpetual. Thus it does NOT need to be expressly stated, Q.E.D. Now you may not like such reasoning, but don't call the man a tyrant.

Let me put it this way: Should married couples include divorce provisions in their marital agreement? I've never heard of Christians doing this, anyway.

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News Item11/15/12 3:40 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Neil,

The 10th employs "catch-all" language. Going into the Constitutional Convention, the States were the Sovereigns. At no point did they surrender sovereignty in a total way. Read the document, the grants of Federal power are clear. If they had given up secession power, Lincoln would supply us with an exact reference to instead if vague references to "universal law." How convenient for him to use a law that no one can read or hear. He is the oracle of universal law for all mankind.

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News Item11/15/12 3:29 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Marty wrote:
Neil,
Tenth Amendment predates the war. Because of the tenth, secession is implied. Racism might be the motive, but targeting a motive instead of an argument is an informal fallacy (i.e. appeal to motive).
I never offered racism as an argument against secession, only as an explanation of motives as to why the South would be so irrational as to secede to solve the "problem" of Lincoln's legitimate (not revolutionary) election. Again, he did *nothing* to warrant any such thing. But if you like, I'll drop it. Nonetheless, where does the 10th Amendment imply secession as a right? Or is it about the Fugitive Slave Law, which was one of the reasons cited by the seceding states?

The Articles of Confederation were closer to the sovereign body concept, but that's not our basic law anymore because it failed.

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News Item11/15/12 3:24 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Neil,

Tenth Amendment predates the war. Because of the tenth, secession is implied. Racism might be the motive, but targeting a motive instead of an argument is an informal fallacy (i.e. appeal to motive). All that aside, take off the post-war glasses. Before the war, states were considered the sovereign bodies (much as today's European Union). Finally, the legal precedent of Occidental history would suggest someone doesn't give up a right unless it is willing given (high std of proof).

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News Item11/15/12 3:20 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
If the National Debt is say 10 trillion dollars, and let's say the five states succeed in leaving the union, does that mean that they are no longer responsible for the huge debt? I see that Texas is quite self-sufficient and has a good economy.
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News Item11/15/12 3:15 PM
Angela Wittman | SW Illinois  Find all comments by Angela Wittman
Commentary: Texas Secession is no joke:
http://www.bnd.com/2012/11/14/2394579/commentary-in-texas-secession.html#storylink=omni_popular#wgt=pop
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News Item11/15/12 3:09 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Marty wrote:
Constitution is silent as far as I know. What the @%$ is Universal Law? Lincoln wasn't appointed King or Emperor, his opinion (though costly in resources and lives) is just that, an opinion. He's engaging in sophistry to justify his actions... ethical or not. He still lacks legal standing
The South engaged in sophistry in arguing that a state could up & leave the Union any time it liked, for that isn't in the Constitution either. What gov't in history has ever had an "escape clause" for malcontents? That was Lincoln's point. And there was no good reason for it anyway. There was a bad reason, however: all the Southern blather about the Constitution was a stalking-horse for their REAL concern: that under an abolitionist gov't, black men could become their social equals, utterly intolerable for most White Men of the day (see Steven Douglass's tactics against Lincoln in their debates). But Lost Causers don't like defending such racism anymore, so I think this is why they cling to the more respectable myth of the Right of Secession.

Alex. Stevens was an early practitioner of this sort of ground-shifting; before the War, secession was over racial subjugation, but after the War, it was only about the Constitution.

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News Item11/15/12 2:54 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Constitution is silent as far as I know. What the @%$ is Universal Law? Lincoln wasn't appointed King or Emperor, his opinion (though costly in resources and lives) is just that, an opinion. He's engaging in sophistry to justify his actions... ethical or not. He still lacks legal standing
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News Item11/15/12 2:31 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Marty wrote:
Firing on the fort was justification for retaliation, but otherwise I know of no legal document that took away the right of voluntary withdrawal from a voluntarily entered union
Yet the South had no problem entering the 1847 war with Mexico on far shakier grounds. So it's hypocritical to say Lincoln should've winked at SC's naked military aggression against Ft. Sumter. No gov't worthy of the name could ignore it.

Lincoln's answer re secession, abbreviated (full speech too large to post): "I hold that, in contemplation of universal law, and of the Constitution, the union of these States is perpetual....It follows....that no State, upon its own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union; that resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally void [cf. Gov. Sam Houston]; and that acts of violence, within any State or States, against the authority of the United States [e.g. Sumter], are insurrectionary or revolutionary, according to circumstances. I, therefore, consider that, in view of the Constitution and the laws, the Union is unbroken."

and

"The States have their status in the Union, and they have no other legal status. If they break from this they can only do so against law and by revolution."

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News Item11/15/12 2:22 PM
Marty | Usa  Find all comments by Marty
Firing on the fort was justification for retaliation, but otherwise I know of no legal document that took away the right of voluntary withdrawal from a voluntarily entered union
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News Item11/15/12 2:14 PM
Rufus | Fort Worth, TX  Protected NameFind all comments by Rufus
Neil wrote:
... It was a war he never wanted, forced upon him by the South, as his writings & actions make *very* clear.
The War of "Northern Aggression" is a lie. It was a War of Rebellion. The South had no just cause, legally or morally.
The south had every cause legally and morally. A people ought to be free to be free. A people ought to be allowed to choose freely who they desire to associate with or not associate with. The war of northern aggression was not forced upon Lincoln, he could have stayed home. Instead he wanted to preserve a union by force and in the process kill 600,000+ people (most of whom were Christians) in order to preserve a union that folks in the south did not believe was worth preserving. Now that same spirit has extended upon all the nations of the world and all the nations are being joined together through coercion or force. Sovereign states were forced to become one country in the united states, sovereign countries are now being force under one world rule.
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News Item11/15/12 2:07 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
Perhaps so, JY; it is a better cause than slavery, I'll warrant.

Here are the words of Rufus's "tyrant":
"In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend it. ... We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

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News Item11/15/12 2:03 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Don't worry, John Y., the North would raise again and crush any rebellion! As I said Texas --Constitutionally-- can divide into five states and then the rebs could have perhaps a couple of states of their own.

There's no perversion like the Romish Church, John Y., Should Roman Catholicism really be classified as a Christian religion? -- No. and Are We Really Catholic Bashing? and the answer to that is also, No.

I would also add, besides no doubt the excellent sermons that SA has listed another one, God's Sovereignty Over Rulers & Nations

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News Item11/15/12 1:55 PM
John Yurich USA | USA  Find all comments by John Yurich USA
I also believe that another Civil War is in the making. But this time it will not be about slavery. It will be about freedom. States that want to secede from the union because they are tired of the liberals pushing their Satanic agendas of abortion, homosexuality and every other perversion under the sun onto every American vs states that are liberal.
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