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 Posted: Sat Apr 22nd, 2006 01:19 am
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Maybe the Confederacy did not believe in "right of secession, I disagree, however here is someone who did believe in it.         The revolutionary right of secession is based on the Declaration of Independence and the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Locke, that

whenever any form of government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, . . .
These words come directly from the Declaration of Independence. This passage was also used, verbatim, in South Carolina's Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.

Jefferson used much of Locke's views in drafting the Declaration of Independence.

One other person who had an ultimate interest in the Civil War held a similar opinion: A similar sentiment was expressed by Abraham Lincoln in 1847 on the floor of the United States House of Representatives: Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.2   

    2Abraham Lincoln, 1847 Congressional debate in the United States House of Representatives in John Shipley Tilley, Lincoln Takes Command (Nashville: Bill Coats, Ltd., 1991), xv. Tilley's source, as stated in footnote #4 on page xv, was Goldwyn Smith, The United States: an Outline of Political History, 1492-1871 (New York and London, 1893), 248.

Seems Mr. Lincoln had a change of heart four years later. If  Mr. Jefferson, who penned the Declaration of Independence, and Mr. Lincoln, a lawyer and President, were of the opinion that there was a right of secession what is there to agrue about?

Add the fact that most, if not all, the thirteen colonies in their ratification of the Constitution state that they reserve the right to resume the power of government. Again I am waiting for someone to show me where in the Constitution secession is forbiden. If it is not in there it is a States right since anything not granted the Federal government in the Constitution is reserved to the States.




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