Declaration of Secession

Before we’re done we will, by necessity, have to secede from the present abusive union known as “The United States of America”.  It is the only way we can release ourselves from the bonds of economic and political slavery presently imposed by a distant and unresponsive capital.  Our forefathers were secessionists not once, but twice…once they succeded, and once they failed.  It is now our job to win this third round and declare our freedom, for ourselves and our posterity, in perpetuity forever.

I can come to no other conclusion than that, in order to assert our liberty, we must first assert that we are not property – that we are not slaves to be apportioned, abused, and disposed of at will.  We will need a good house-cleaning at the state level… and will have to go down the road of nullification through the state legislature and courts…although in the end that will only attract greater aggression from Washington DC to be focused upon our fair state.  And when the federal government exerts direct control over the citizens of a free state against their will, and  by circumventing the protections of said sovereign state as constituted by the people who lawfully reside therein, then secession becomes the plain, necessary option.  But will enough citizens of North Carolina support such a path?

More appropriately, the question is, “what will it take for the citizens of North Carolina to wake up and demand that our state legislature and judiciary do their jobs – protecting us from an over-reaching federal authority which violates our sovereignty and usurps our freedom?”  To wit, I answer only this: the longer it takes for the citizens of North Carolina to come to terms with this situation and its necessary resolution, the more painful will be the path back to Liberty, and the longer it will take to restore our God-given freedoms.

It seems that the topic of secession has been receiving quite a bit of attention lately in the alternate media.  My interest in this topic is not new – those who know me have been hearing my views on nullification and secession for over a decade, now – Our founding fathers were successful secessionists, and in this we find a tradition which recommends itself to our present situation, as well.  It is then appropriate to look at what has been done before, and to consider how it might be done again –

NC Ordinance of  Secession – AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of North Carolina and the other States united with her, under the compact of government entitled “The Constitution of the United States.”

We, the people of the State of North Carolina in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance adopted by the State of North Carolina in the convention of 1789, whereby the Constitution of the United States was ratified and adopted, and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly ratifying and adopting amendments to the said Constitution, are hereby repealed, rescinded, and abrogated.

We do further declare and ordain, That the union now subsisting between the State of North Carolina and the other States, under the title of the United States of America, is hereby dissolved, and that the State of North Carolina is in full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State.

Done in convention at the city of Raleigh, this the 20th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1861, and in the eighty-fifth year of the independence of said State.
Source: Official Records, Ser. IV, vol. 1, pp. 335-336.

Kentucky Secessional Declaration – Whereas, the Federal Constitution, which created the Government of the United States, was declared by the framers thereof to be the supreme law of the land, and was intended to limit and did expressly limit the powers of said Government to certain general specified purposes, and did expressly reserve to the States and people all other powers whatever, and the President and Congress have treated this supreme law of the Union with contempt and usurped to themselves the power to interfere with the rights and liberties of the States and the people against the expressed provisions of the Constitution, and have thus substituted for the highest forms of national liberty and constitutional government a central despotism founded upon the ignorant prejudices of the masses of Northern society, and instead of giving protection with the Constitution to the people of fifteen States of this Union have turned loose upon them the unrestrained and raging passions of mobs and fanatics, and because we now seek to hold our liberties, our property, our homes, and our families under the protection of the reserved powers of the States, have blockaded our ports, invaded our soil, and waged war upon our people for the purpose of subjugating us to their will; and

Whereas, our honor and our duty to posterity demand that we shall not relinquish our own liberty and shall not abandon the right of our descendants and the world to the inestimable blessings of constitutional government: Therefore,

Be it ordained, That we do hereby forever sever our connection with the Government of the United States, and in the name of the people we do hereby declare Kentucky to be a free and independent State, clothed with all power to fix her own destiny and to secure her own rights and liberties.

And whereas, the majority of the Legislature of Kentucky have violated their most solemn pledges made before the election, and deceived and betrayed the people; have abandoned the position of neutrality assumed by themselves and the people, and invited into the State the organized armies of Lincoln; have abdicated the Government in favor of a military despotism which they have placed around themselves, but cannot control, and have abandoned the duty of shielding the citizen with their protection; have thrown upon our people and the State the horrors and ravages of war, instead of attempting to preserve the peace, and have voted men and money for the war waged by the North for the destruction of our constitutional rights; have violated the expressed words of the constitution by borrowing five millions of money for the support of the war without a vote of the people; have permitted the arrest and imprisonment of our citizens, and transferred the constitutional prerogatives of the Executive to a military commission of partisans; have seen the writ of habeas corpus suspended without an effort for its preservation, and permitted our people to be driven in exile from their homes; have subjected our property to confiscation and our persons to confinement in the penitentiary as felons, because we may choose to take part in a cause for civil liberty and constitutional government against a sectional majority waging war against the people and institutions of fifteen independent States of the old Federal Union, and have done all these things deliberately against the warnings and vetoes of the Governor and the solemn remonstrances of the minority in the Senate and House of Representatives: Therefore,

Be it further ordained, That the unconstitutional edicts of a factious majority of a Legislature thus false to their pledges, their honor, and their interests are not law, and that such a government is unworthy of the support of a brave and free people, and that we do therefore declare that the people are thereby absolved from all allegiance to said government, and that they have a right to establish any government which to them may seem best adapted to the preservation of their rights and liberties.
Source: Official Records, Ser. IV, vol. 1, p. 741.
[Adopted Nov. 20, 1861, in Russellville, by a group of Kentuckians styling itself as a “Convention of the People of Kentucky.”]

Our own liberty was first placed under assault when our state’s second act of secession was curtailed by the federal act of waging unjust war upon our legitimate and sovereign state government, and upon the successful culmination of said unjust war, our fair state was “reconstructed” without our consent, so as to establish our serfdom and slavery to the federal tyranny in perpetuity.

Our forefathers would have observed plainly that, “that federal decree which, in its over-reach, cannot be nullified by the legislature of a sovereign state, constitutes abject tyranny, and so demands secession by said sovereign state, for the protection of its lawful citizens, without regard to any secondary interest which may be at issue.  The assurance of Liberty, being the singular and ordinal purpose of a legitimate state government as constituted by the body politic, said assurance must surpass all other issues, lest the government be separated from its foundational legitimacy, and so lose the faith and  popular support of the people.  As the result would be anarchy, every means available, including freedom’s last bastion which is armed resistance, should be undertaken with great fervor, and made the centerpiece of every public conversation, and the focus of every productive activity, until such objective shall be achieved.”

We shall soon be called to choose – and we shall be held in account of our choosing by our God, and by our progeny.  On May 20th, 2012, we again have a choice, as we do every day.  Will we continue to submit to tyranny, or shall we rise to the call of Liberty?
How shall ye vote when the call of Liberty comes – YEA or NEA? 

Count my voice YEA for Liberty, now and always!

~ Those who discard Liberty, do so at their own peril!

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12 years ago

Can’t happen too soon. Posted.

12 years ago

Two and a half years ago, I sent the following history lesson to everyone in the NC Legislature … I received not a single comment or reply …

In the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote in response to the hated Alien and Sedition Acts:

“The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government”


“where powers are assumed [by the federal government] which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them”

In short, nullification means this: The state is taking a position that a particular federal law is unconstitutional, and thus, the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as that state is concerned.

But nullification is much more than just mere rhetoric. To nullify a federal law in practice requires active resistance to it by the people and the state government.


In the Virginia Resolution of 1798, James Madison wrote of the principle of interposition:

That this Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.

Here Madison asserts what is implied in nullification laws – that state governments not only have the right to resist unconstitutional federal acts, but that, in order to protect liberty, they are “duty bound to interpose” or stand between the federal government and the people of the state.

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12 years ago
Reply to  Hans

As we used to say in military school, “Don’t fell pregnant Hans.”:) When the Holden travesty occurred, I sent numerous posts to them and the rag with zilch results.

NC Corrupt Governor Alert
My great great grandfather, The Father Of The NC Bar, words below. He turned down requests from both parties for representation.
“Holden’s impeachment is demanded by a sense of public virtue and due regard to the honor of the state. He is an exceedingly corrupt man and ought to be placed before the people as a public example of a tyrant condemned and punished.”

Larry Porter
12 years ago

I’ve been associated with the grassroots organizations on several levels for the past 4 years. They are not going to do a thing. And I don’t see anyone else in the country who will except perhaps the radical militias who may start a civil war. But I don’t believe they are very well organized as a whole either. So who is going to join the party? I don’t see more than a handful right now who are ready to sacrifice anything let alone their lives. We are unfortunately a society who has gotten fat, rich, and lazy and are easily being led to slaughter and/or chains.

12 years ago

I see this as an option that sends a powerful message to Washington…4yrs ago I would have thought this impossible to consider..North Carolina can lead the way and most other states will follow..So how can we organize this?….I refuse to live under a Dictatorship of greedy politicians

Jared Myers
12 years ago

If individual states would take the 10th Amendment seriously and be willing to call out their national guards and militias to defend state sovereignty, secession would be unnecessary and the Union could be maintained the way the Founders originally intended it to be. But if you can’t come up with the votes to elect those kind of people into office (as Governors and state congressmen), then you definitely won’t get the votes to support secession.

Floyd Hasrdee
11 years ago

Where is the petition? I know lots of folks ready to sign it, but need info.