What Europeans Can Learn From the Secession Movement in the U.S.

Since the re-election of Barack Obama earlier this month, calls for secession in the U.S. have intensified. Nearly all states have filed online petitions to grant them the right to withdraw from the United States and create their own new governments. Texas is leading the secession movement with over 116,000 signatures, far exceeding the 25,000 necessary to invoke an official response from the White House. The Texas petition reads:

“The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the U.S. suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect its citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”

For those of you who are not familiar with the concept of secession, it simply means to “withdraw formally from membership in an organization, association, or alliance”. Americans are arguably most familiar with this concept, as the nation’s very founding was based on secession from the British Empire. The Declaration of Independence adopted this principle, stating:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

So will the White House allow individual states to secede from the Union? Unlikely. Besides, in light of the events that marked the founding of the United States, the idea of asking for permission to leave the U.S. sounds a bit silly. Certainly the founding fathers would have chuckled at the idea of asking the Crown for the right to secede from Britain. So if the states are serious about forming their own governments, it will require more than online petitions to get that process started. Undoubtedly most of the signees would agree with that. The petitions do, however, send a clear signal to the federal government that the people are very dissatisfied with the policies pursued by the government. So much so that they will express it any way they can.

And that is exactly where the parallel can be drawn with the situation in the European Union, or as I like to call it: the European Soviet Union – see my previous post here. In recent months we have seen massive protests break out in major cities all over Europe. This unrest can be traced back directly to the European superstate and all of its tyrannical institutions and policies.

Moreover, when it comes to being controlled from afar by an oversized bureaucracy whose policies pose a serious threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Europeans are even worse off than Americans. At least Americans still elect their leaders to “represent” them. On the Old Continent this principle of representative democracy has already been abandoned, in Brussels and even on a national level in the case of Italy and Greece.

All the more reason, therefore, for Europeans to stay up-to-date with and learn from what is happening with the secession movement in the United States. So should petitions for secession now be sent to Brussels? Well it turns out those petitions would go to the paper tiger that is the European Parliament, so it is doubtful that that would have any significant impact. Nonetheless, Europeans can start by asking themselves if the European Union in its current form (i.e. a centralized political union) is really the best means of establishing common ground among Europeans and boosting national economies. Much of the current developments with the austerity and increasing taxes will serve to help us with forming our opinions on that. Then after we have thought the idea through and made up our minds, we can start the intellectual revolution.

As for me, I suggest we make this December EU Tyranny Awareness Month.



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