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Georgia Threatens To Secede, Again

by @ 7:12 pm on April 16, 2009. Filed under History, Politics, U.S. Constitution

Apparently, they didn’t quite get the message back in 1865:

It wasn’t quite the firing on Fort Sumter that launched the Civil War. But on April 1, your Georgia Senate did threaten by a vote of 43-1 to secede from and even disband the United States.

It was not an April Fool’s joke.

In fact, Senate Resolution 632 did a lot more than merely threaten to end this country. It stated that under the Constitution, the only crimes the federal government could prosecute were treason, piracy and slavery.

“Therefore, all acts of Congress which assume to create, define or punish [other] crimes … are altogether void, and of no force,” the Georgia Senate declared.

In other words, in the infinite, almost unanimous wisdom of the Georgia Senate, Michael Vick is being imprisoned illegally, Bernie Madoff should serve no time for stealing $60 billion and the Unabomber must go free. In fact, the federal penitentiary in Atlanta should be emptied of its inmates.

But wait, there’s more.

The resolution goes on to endorse the theory that states have the right to abridge constitutional freedoms of religion, press and speech. According to the resolution, it is up to the states to decide “how far the licentiousness of speech and of the press may be abridged.”

The resolution even endorses “nullification,” the legal concept that states have the power to “nullify” or ignore federal laws that they believe exceed the powers granted under the Constitution. That concept has a particularly nasty legacy. It helped precipitate the Civil War, and in the 1950s and early ’60s it was cited by Southern states claiming the right to ignore Supreme Court rulings ordering the end of segregation.

Finally, the resolution states that if Congress, the president or federal courts take any action that exceeds their constitutional powers, the Constitution is rendered null and void and the United States of America is officially disbanded. As an example, the resolution specifically states that if the federal government enacts “prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition,” the country is disbanded.

In other words, if Congress votes to restore the ban on sale of assault rifles, the United States is deemed to no longer exist.

Come on guys, didn’t you get the message the first time ?

6 Responses to “Georgia Threatens To Secede, Again”

  1. Jeff says:

    Apparently, I should pay more attention to the Resolutions. I knew all about the bills, but didn’t look at Resolutions introduced!

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  3. tfr says:

    Once again, I love the concept. Several state gov’ts declaring this sends yet another wakeup call to D.C.

  4. DR says:

    I would once again disagree with you. Is nullification or succession listed within the constitution? No, of course not, therefore under the 10th amendment “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people both are left for states to decide.” Both Madison and Jefferson were proponents of states being the ultimate interpreters of the Constitution and can “interpose” to protect state citizens from the operation of unconstitutional national laws.
    As the federal government continues to supersede its authority and place burdens upon states and citizens the idea that states would want to secede from the union should not really come as a surprise, in fact it’s a surprise that it hasn’t happened sooner. And this isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, this is a burdensome government issue on both sides.

  5. Gregg Cox says:

    I believe that it is high time the States took back their
    authority above the Federal government, and if it takes
    seceding the union to do that – then that’s what should be done. The Federal government began usurping it’s authority
    when it forced the Southern States back into the Union which
    it did not officially have the authority to do. No matter
    what you believe about the first Civil war, the real issue
    was the rights of the States above that of the Union.

  6. Mike says:

    I agree that the states should affirm their rights. I also find it very ironic that Obama’s favourite president was Lincoln and he very well may see to the destruction of the union yet again. GA and the union itself would be much better off without an interfering federal government. We have strayed far from the constitution and the only way to get back to the founding of this country is by starting over. We have the strength, numbers and tools to do so.

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