Wednesday, June 6, 2012

American Support For Secession Increases 10% in Just Two Years

Don’t look now, but our message is catching on. From CNS News:

Nearly one-quarter of Americans believe that states have the right to secede, according to a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports — up 10 percentage points in two years.

The latest poll is just one of many that shows that Americans have “serious and growing concern about the federal government,” according to Scott Rasmussen, founder and president of Rasmussen Reports.

There’s only one way to react: This is big.

"10 percentage points in two years"? That means ANOTHER 30 million Americans have changed their minds about the right of secession since the last Rasmussen poll.

This sea change in public opinion can’t be attributed ONLY to the efforts of organizations such as the League of the South, the Second Vermont Republic, and the Tenth Amendment Center. Nor can it be said to be entirely the work of tireless advocates such as Dr. Michael Hill, Dr. Thomas Woods, or Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo.

No, as much as these worthy groups and individuals have done to spread the word, the real cause of this dramatic change in attitudes toward secession is DC itself. It’s the central government that’s spending us blind, that’s asserting the right to wiretap, imprison, and even assassinate its subjects at will while illegally waging war on innocent civilians abroad. The truth of Robert E. Lee’s prediction that a centralized government will be "aggressive abroad and despotic at home" can no longer be denied.

This is not what the American people want. As the CNS report makes clear, only 1 in 5 Americans believe the federal government has the consent of the governed. The same Rasmussen survey reveals that a majority of Americans – 51% – now sees DC as "a danger to liberty."

Rightfully so. As noted political scientist and author Ed Sebesta has observed, "Secession is back as an issue in politics." How long until secession goes from a political issue to a political objective? To quote Robert E. Lee again, "It is history that teaches us to hope."

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