I had this saved in a Word document under the title “Gov’t Theory and Secession.” It was obviously intended as an informal, easy-to-understand defense of my feelings about secession, though I don’t remember the exact reason I wrote it. I cleaned up some of the informal terminology, but I may have missed some. It is not at all something I meant to publish, but it will do for now.
“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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Pretty much sums up the purpose and theory of government right there.
Now for our federal government:
“We the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” -Preamble, U.S.C.
Seems legitimate. Let’s read on. Amendment X, U.S.C: “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.”
List of federal agencies: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a
That list is WAY too long to be justified by the 17 enumerated powers in the Constitution. So, we have a violation of the tenth amendment (part of our Constitution, which was ordained and established to HELP us, not hurt us, as the preamble states). We also have the Declaration of Independence saying that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” So, it is our right and our duty to throw off unconstitutional government, which is what we have now. Interesting.
Texas Constitution, Article 1, Sec. 1 and 2: “Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.
Sec. 2. INHERENT POLITICAL POWER; REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”
Texas is subject only to the Constitution of the United States (not the federal government), which reserves all rights not delegated to the federal government to the states or the people. Since the federal government has violated the Constitution, its rules no longer have any bearing on us. At the very least, unconstitutional rules can be nullified or interposed upon. At best, we can abolish our government (secede) and institute a new one. So…what are we waiting for?