Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Olbermann Repeats the Myth That Secession Is “Treason”. Does He Know We Wouldn’t Have A Country if Not For Secession?
Also calls secession "insanity". Olbermann is living in a free country because of the founders' "insanity" to separate from Britain and gain independence from King George III
by Larry Simons
January 19, 2011
On last night’s telecast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Olbermann did a segment in which he discussed the consequences of political hateful rhetoric among politicians. Olbermann displayed polls that were conducted to show how many Americans thought hateful political rhetoric contributed to the Tucson shootings [on Jan 8] and how many Americans thought the same rhetoric would lead to future incidents.
Olbermann mentions comments made by former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Texas Governor Rick Perry as three examples of “hateful rhetoric”. Of course, Olbermann gives no reason whatsoever that the quote he used from Bolton was from 1994 [17 years ago!] and how on Earth that would have contributed to TODAY'S political climate. Olbermann brings up Palin’s now controversial comment “blood libel” [that no one would really care about unless Palin was really to blame for the Tucson shootings…which she’s not].
The interesting part is when Olbermann mentions Rick Perry implying in April of 2009 that his state would secede from the Union if “government continues to thumb their nose at the American people”. Olbermann then brings on former speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum [God knows why these men are best buddies] to discuss in detail the aforementioned politicians and their comments.
“The problem with this kind of rhetoric is not its effect on crazy people who are lost in their own, um…their own brain disease and who respond to those kinds of perspectives. The problem is its effect on normal people, and your clip of Governor Perry is a perfect example.
Here’s the governor of the second biggest state in the country who is a very plausible Republican Presidential nominee who is trapped by things he said at the behest of an angry crowd. Now that’s probably, that doesn’t reflect his real view. He has no interest in seceding from the union. He would never comptemplate it. But he entrapped into saying those things and others have been entrapped into saying other things, and that rhetoric will haunt them……”
“That brings us to our 3 examples, and Gov. Perry is a good one. He chose to, just sort of, you know, nod his head gently to secession, as you pointed out, instead of saying, you know, secession is insanity, economically and every other way, to say nothing of it being treason….”
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The ironic thing about secession and the myth that it is treasonous, is that on January 12, 1848, a future prominent American said these words about secession:
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right---a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.”
That prominent American? Abraham Lincoln. It was ironic he said this, obviously, since years after uttering these words, he resided over the deaths of over 600,000 people in order for him to prevent the very freedom he so eloquently expressed just 13 years prior.
In fact, secession was such a huge part of the political philosophy of our founders, the Declaration of Independence can also be referred to as the Declaration of Secession. What Olbermann fails to understand [or maybe he just does not want to] is that our country exists because of secession. The United States were founded by secessionists that began with a Declaration that justified the secession of the states from the British government of King George III.
It was Thomas Jefferson’s dictum that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed and that whenever a government becomes destructive of the rights of life, liberty and property, citizens have a right to secede from that government and form a new one. This dictum was the basis of America’s two wars of secession in 1776 and 1861.
Jefferson and James Madison received little criticism when they authored the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 [documents written in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts], which declared the states supreme over the federal system.
The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 states:
“..the several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by compact, under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes, delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each state to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government.”
Put quite simply, the States are supreme and the only powers that the Federal government is to possess are powers delegated to it by the free and independent states. Author Thomas DiLorenzo says this in The Real Lincoln:
“It is important to recall that at the outset of the American Revolution, each state declared its sovereignty and independence from Great Britain on its own. After the war, each state was individually recognized as sovereign by the defeated British government. These sovereign states then formed the “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union”, which created the federal government as the agent of the states. The states then seceded from that document and dissolved the Union when the Constitution was adopted. The Union wasn’t “perpetual” after all, and the words “perpetual Union” are nowhere to be found in the Constitution. No state agreed to enter a perpetual Union by ratifying the Constitution.”
How people like Keith Olbermann can translate our founding documents and political philosophies, which spoke of secession being widely accepted and hardly ever subject to scrutiny, as “treasonous” is a big damned mystery. To reject secession as a patriotic act is to reject our entire political foundation and political system [at least in the eyes of the founders] because it was this very concept [of secession] that established the core principles of our country and its formation. The founders were not going to go to war with Great Britain to declare independence from King George III, and turn right around and create a political system of tyranny that was a carbon copy of the British government.
To reject the act and the right of secession is to crave the exact same system of government of Great Britain [of 1775] which we separated from to form our country. Put quite simply, to reject the right of secession is un-American.
Naturally, in today’s political climate, any mention of rebellion or secession is deemed “terroristic”, “treasonous” and “dangerous” and most likely, anyone showing approval of government rebellion will be blamed for the next mass shooting. It’s obvious, from the words of our founders, that anyone attempting to make a connection between simply stating facts about our founding documents and mass shootings is attempting to silence those patriotic Americans who simply study and understand what this country was like between 1776 and 1865 [the year America really ended].
Olbermann is among a plethora of political hacks on TV who make their living on serving party over country. Why should they actually study and research what our founders really stood for? They get paid millions so they don’t have to. Media is government controlled. It is that same government that said we are treasonous, un-American enemy combatants 150 years ago [if we hold the belief that secession is an act of treason] as it is today indoctrinating school children to believe the Federal government is supreme over the States and that Lincoln was a great president. It is that same government bombarding us night and day through paid propagandists like Keith Olbermann telling us what the government wants us to believe; that is...if you believed him.