Independence Day is not often associated with secession even though it celebrates our secession from the British Empire.
Technically, the Fourth of July marks a declaration of secession from Great Britain. But you don’t often see that acknowledged in the mainstream media.
So, it is surprising to see the stalwart nationalist, Patrick J. Buchanan, suggest that the current American situation might soon lead to secession. But he did in his column today, “Is America Still a Nation?”
Pointing out that the Declaration of Independence refers to “one people,” Buchanan asks who those people were. He lets a Founding Father answer the question:
In Federalist No. 2, John Jay writes of them as “one united people … descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs…”
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In an age when so many are objecting to any enforcement of immigration laws, this is obviously a politically incorrect statement.
So what should we do? Buchanan does not push for anything but he doesn’t shrink from the implications of the change that has occurred in American culture (emphasis added):
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them…”
Are we approaching such a point? Could the Constitution, as currently interpreted, win the approval of two-thirds of our citizens and three-fourth of our states, if it were not already the supreme law of the land? How would a national referendum on the Constitution turn out, when many Americans are already seeking a new constitutional convention?
All of which invites the question: Are we still a nation? And what is a nation?
Patrick Buchanan loves America and does not want to see it end… But is he right that we are headed in that direction?
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