We do not need to borrow any of the tactics from the post-WWII IRA (both Provisional and Official) because it morphed into a terroristic and Marxist cabal starting after its seduction by socialism in 1926 leading to the Troubles in the 1960s, Bloody Sunday and the final sheer exhaustion on both parts that led to the standing truce in 2005.
History shows that socialism and collectivism never lead to peace. It is no mean coincidence that socialist Presidents like Wilson and Roosevelt maneuvered America into wars and privation of liberties.
Terrorism is politically motivated violence against non-combatants. A non-starter for any successful and peaceful divorce. We will leave that kind of behavior to our rulers because that and the threat thereof is the only way they maintain power. Period. Whether strategic bombing or the tax code, the government sanctioned definition I just described is the modus operandi of our betters in the Federal government.
The storied and fabled struggle against British tyranny is in part front and center in the American psyche because of the number of Irish emigrants in America’s history and a shared language. While historical distance and sappy literature and music make for a romantic struggle as exemplified in the brilliantly written but historically challenged film “Michael Collins”, the violent aspects are certainly a last resort for America.
The important lessons to draw are in the establishment of a Home Rule movement, a shadow government and the initiation of a diplomatic corps. Each of these will in turn complement each other to achieve an overwhelming synergy movement in concert with an organized and synchronized secession mechanism.
Home Rule must become the rallying cry because the cause of secession is linguistically challenged in America thanks to decades of government education which has erased the true nature of the Second American Revolution (1861-65) and the 12 year military occupation afterward in the South. Every American except members of the US nomenklatura were consigned to plantation duty and it has only gotten worse over time. Slavery never ended, it was simply assigned to every subject in the land no matter their skin color.
Home Rule speaks to the unimpeachable observation that a township or county knows its business much better than satellite occupiers astride the Potomac issuing their Kremlinesque diktats and regulations. This is not to say that political corruption does not occur at the local and county level. On the contrary, some of the worst and dimmest in these burgs rise to the top of the political pile and until Americans discover that the fear they have of running their own lives without elected and appointed apparatchiks holding their hands or threatening their lives is unnecessary, this will continue. This certainly does not obviate the need to get yet another layer of bureaucratic parasites and looters eliminated from the vertical hierarchy.
One layer at a time needs to be disposed of and the Federal level of governance is the most important issue for the purposes of this essay; hence the necessity for a Home Rule movement. I have the utmost respect for the nerve and verve of the Texas sovereignty movements and they need to move in this direction. They need to envision not only the probable but the possible and reverse plan from there. Secession movements across the nation need to market a vision of why the Federal government must be ignored and expelled from their respective subsidiary political entities. The history is vast and rich with anecdotes and empirical examples of why the Union must be rent asunder for the sake of freedom and liberty. After a cycle of over two hundred years, we are exactly where we started on the eve of the First American Revolution but worse. The Federal leviathan has had decades to refine its techniques of oppression and control. Keep in mind that the Land of the Free is waging war on the world and itself, torture is official policy and it has a fiscal responsibility that would bankrupt it in moments in the private sector. We have hit the iceberg and we are sinking and if the states and their various political units don’t start to consider the possibility of calving off the most monstrous financial calamity in human history, it will go to the bottom with the USS DC.
Even the most challenged graduates of government schools can grasp the essential distillate of Home Rule. I will leave it to firmer adherents of the Constitution than myself to make this argument on Tenth Amendment grounds. I happen to think the Constitution is the very blueprint that got us here in the first place. If you doubt it, look around. See anything that appears to be unconstitutional? You won’t because that word has no descriptive power. This nation has turned in to the Soviet-style colossus it is under the aegis of that fabled document.
Secession is a four letter word, less so as we advance into the 21st century but Home Rule is a better word and a clearer step to get to the point where we can peacefully dissolve the yoke and fetters adorning the American citizenry courtesy of our overlords in DC. Call them Home Rule Committees or Committees of Correspondence but the Sons of Liberty need to come back.
After this has been accomplished, shadow governments must be erected. A shadow government mimics the duties and characteristics of the corresponding departments and administrative bureaucracies of the Federal leviathan. The Irish rebels did this very thing under the leadership of the slippery Eamon de Valera. For instance, the Home Rule committees would establish their own mirror image of the respective bureaucracies within sensible limits.
If we mimicked all the bureaucratic agencies, there may not be enough humans in one state to represent them. The Home Rule Committee would establish a Minister of Education who would describe how they would behave once they are relieved of the burden of obeying the Federal Department. In the best of worlds, the Minister would go on to describe a reduction and elimination plan to strike the root and privatize ALL education functions and the Minister would close the door and turn off the lights never to return. Full disclosure: I want no government remaining anywhere but I simply aim high. The same process would animate the entire coterie of shadow government representatives.
Imagine, for instance, a shadow government in the state of Texas with the role of Secretary of the Treasury. During the hugely unpopular bailout of the banksters, this alternative shadow office would demonstrate through speeches and research why the health of the nation would be even worse after the rescue of the zombified corporations and Wall Street cronies who now undeservedly still shamble across the economic landscape of America. It would make a dandy bully pulpit to electrify those who were paying attention that alternatives exist and a diversified, privatized and devolved America would rise like a phoenix.
Finally, the Home Rule and secession movements must pay attention to a vital part of meticulously planned state revolts and secession movements: a sophisticated attitude to international relations and the nurturing of future diplomatic ties and relationships with influential nation states sympathetic to the yearnings for peace and prosperity. The most likely states to finally find the courage to leave the Union are now in the inland West and Texas. There is a future confederation in the Rocky Mountains and parts west. Since there is Marxism in the Pacific Ocean, don’t expect cooperation in emancipation from the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Like the Northeast, the chains and manacles that adorn most of these populations are polished and worshiped.
These are vital first steps to make this a reality. The usual suspects in Mordor on the Potomac will say the right to treat with foreign nations lay exclusively with the Congress and the Executive per the Constitution but that very document is the sine qua non of all their power and until Americans wake up to the chains and fetters the Constitution enables, efforts to free ourselves will always be stymied. Imagine a world with less government or better yet, no world order; at all.