Why I Wrote 'The Secessionist States of America'

Douglas MacKinnon
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Posted: Oct 07, 2014 12:01 AM
Why I Wrote 'The Secessionist States of America'

Because of the recent independence referendum in Scotland, secession is all the rage. Both in Europe and even here in the United States. With that subject in mind, the Reuters news agency commissioned a poll and found that one of four Americans would be open to secession. One in four.

When you stop to realize that equates to about 84 million people, that’s a red flag number if ever there was one. Tens of millions of Americans are rightfully fearful of where their government and country are headed, and are quickly losing all hope.

Former Congressman, Presidential candidate, and Patriot Ron Paul just added to the growing controversy when he said there should be more Secession movements in The United States. Said Mr. Paul in part: “It’s something that I think is going to grow, because the failure of the federal government is going to get much worse…I think it’s inevitable people wanting to leave will be there, and the numbers will grow.”

He could not be more correct.

For me, the subject of secession is one that I have researched off and on for years. That said, it is one thing to research it, and quite another to put your name on a book that most will consider controversial at best, with some even considering treasonous. Especially considering that I worked in the White House and Pentagon.

As I was writing the book, my wife, family members, and a few close friends implored me to at least use a pseudonym instead of my real name. I considered the suggestion but quickly cast it aside. Exactly because of the controversial nature of this book, I very well may pay a professional or even personal price for writing it. I understand that but felt strongly that my real name had to go on the book, for two reasons. The first is that precisely because of the precarious situation of our nation and the world, I felt it important to try to begin a dialogue that would resonate with those who cherish traditional values. The second reason is that because of my professional and real-life experience, I felt my name might add some credibility to the effort.

So, how does one begin a discussion regarding the highly controversial subject of seceding from the Union? Well for me, it began about four years ago at an outdoor café at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. I had gone there to catch-up with a friend recently back from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like me – and tens of millions of other Americans – he was conservative and a strong believer in traditional values. Also like me and those tens of millions of Americans, he felt our nation was turning its back on the values he held dear.

Our discussion then – and now – centered on the question of what any citizen can do when a growing number of our leaders seem determined to erase our borders, do away with the rule-of-law, expand the nanny state into a theology, bankrupt or punish American companies in the name of fighting climate change, do away with the 2nd Amendment, censor or demonize the history of western civilization and replace it with multiculturalism, give every kid a trophy and turn them into wimps, continue to support the completely unfunded public-employee pensions which are destroying the financial solvency of cities, counties, and states across our nation, add billions every day to our $17 trillion in debt, destroy our health-care system to substitute socialized medicine, vilify fossil fuels, and attack all faith in God with a particular and unhinged bias against the Christian faith.

The more my friend and I talked about the problem, the more we wanted and needed to talk about possible solutions. As we did, over the following months, we expanded our group to include a constitutional law expert, two former military officers, two former diplomats, a minister, another special operator, and experts on banking, energy, farming, and infrastructure.

We quickly decided that in least in theory, the solution which made the most sense was to draft a blueprint to leave the Union. Hence, The Secessionist States of America. A book which outlines the why, where, how, and when such a new republic based on traditional values could be established.

We are fully aware that the three states offered up as the land mass for this Traditional Values espousing nation along with its new name, will be very controversial to some. For that reason and others, the book will either be ignored, censored, or vilified by most on the left and most in the mainstream media.

Knowing that, I simply want those who believe the downward spiral of our country is irreversible, to know that an option to preserve their values does exist. That some folks with a great deal of real-world experience felt it was their responsibility to at least explore the possibility of secession.

It was a controversial solution about 240 years ago and it is no less so now. Until that also is taken from us, it is still our right as Americans to discuss what many people truly believe to be our last hope.