Secession Hill
0 comment Saturday, November 15, 2014 |
Abbeville, SC is the birthplace of some of my ancestors, and also the birthplace of Southern icon John C. Calhoun.
It's also known as the 'birthplace and deathbed of the Confederacy'. On November 22, 1860, there was a meeting at Abbeville which drew up a Declaration of Secession. A month later, South Carolina became the first state to secede.
From the Declaration of Secession:
In the year 1765, that portion of the British Empire embracing Great Britain, undertook to make laws for the government of that portion composed of the thirteen American Colonies. A struggle for the right of self-government ensued, which resulted, on the 4th of July, 1776, in a Declaration, by the Colonies, "that they are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; and that, as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do."
They further solemnly declared 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 a new government." Deeming the Government of Great Britain to have become destructive of these ends, they declared that the Colonies "are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Postscript: on the webpage for Abbeville which I linked above, you may notice a ''Preserve America" graphic. It has the following text:
''Preserve America. Explore and Enjoy Our Heritage." We read that
In January of 2008, First Lady Laura Bush designated Abbeville as a Preserve America Community. This initiative recognizes those communities that demonstrate they are committed to preserving their cultural and natural heritage. The City of Abbeville was honored by this prestigious award and we will continue to make sustainable historic preservation a priority.''
A hint to our rulers in Washington: if you care about preserving America, stop fostering foreign invasion by another name, and preserve The People. Another hint: The People ARE America. You can't exchange us for Mexicans or Somalis and expect to ''preserve America'' or anything remotely resembling America.
Ironically, in 2008, it's looking more and more as if the only way to preserve America might be through --- secession.

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