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Stirrings of Secession

Yan5 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 12:58 PM
The Civil War certainly settled the question for the time being; though it is not a question that can ever be permanently settled. Force is certainly one factor that answers the question. Force helped answer the implicit question posed in the Declaration of Independence: 'when in the course of human events it becomes necessary....' The colonists that penned and lived by those words believed that time had come; England obviously felt otherwise. The contest between the 2 views was settled largely by force. When does it become necessary to separate? That depends. So long as there is no world court able to determine when an allegedly consensual contract is permitted to be revoked by one of the parties, war will mostly decide.
"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ..."

So begins the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies from the king and country to which they had given allegiance since the settlers first came to Jamestown and Plymouth Rock.

The declaration was signed by 56 angry old white guys who had had enough of what the Cousins were doing to them. In seceding from the mother country, these patriots put their lives, fortunes and honor on the line.

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