Will Edwinson

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Separatism, or No? A guest post by Rube


Rube's 1941 Black Ford pickup truck

Rube’s 1941 Ford Pickup Truck, Gertrude

Greetings, friends.  In view of the events that have been happening the past week—the government shut down and all—I’m putting up an extra post this week.  It’s  from  my friend Rube. Here he is with another of his folksy observations.   He might not be too far off base.    Enjoy.

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” 

Now theys a lot o’ folks that thinks because I never went past eighth grade in school that I’m kinda  dumb and a uneducated hick, but I did learn how ta read, an’ I wonder how many so-called educated folks under the age of forty years, or even fifty years, knows where them words come from.  They’s taken directly from the Declaration of Independence.   What I believe Jefferson was sayin’ when he wrote them words was, when it is determined by the people that a gove’ment has become their master rather than their  servant, it’s time to tell it, ENOUGH, and make a separation.  Then he wrote:

“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 powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever a Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundations on such principles and Organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….”  Now pay close attention ta his followin’ words, cuz they bring me to the point of this here post.

…”Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Government long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown 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 a Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.  Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

 The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states….”

Then he goes on to list the grievances against the King. Many of ‘em is similar to what is a goin’ on in this here country today. We have slowly drifted toward tyranny these past eighty years, and we’re now a divided nation; half of which is a bunch of air heads that wants European style socialism, (Nanny Statism) the other half wants to return to our Constitutional principles of limited gove’ment with the power restin’ with the people, and not a bunch of gove’ment buracrats.

Some has even said that because the ideology of the populace is so dispersed and intertwined throughout the entire nation, a split would be unfathomable.  (I looked up that big fancy word in the dictionary.)  Will sorta ‘grees with them folks, I’m not shore if I do or not. While I’m not promotin’ separation, I am suggestin’ that if the corruption that exists in our gove’ment  today under the hands of both Republicans and Demacrats continues, it may be the only option left fer them of us who believes in small limited gove’ment. Let’s hypothesize a little bit (another fancy word I looked up along with a whole bunch more afore I finished this here post)how such a movement might take place.

A strong charismatic leader enters the scene; he serves as a catalyst that pulls it all together.  He succeeds in convincin’ likeminded people who believes in smaller limited gove’ment to engage in a major exodus to a particular section of the United States—say seventeen or eighteen Western states?    Theys a natural line between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers that just about divides the land mass of these here United States right up the middle into two equal halves. It begins at the eastern borders of the Dakotas, and follows the eastern borders of all the states down to, and includin’ Lous’iana.

If such a exodus of like-minded conservative folks to those eighteen Western states was ta occur in a organized manner, the balance of ideology and power in those states might just fall on the side of limited gove’ment an’ they could git control of the respective legislatures and secede from the U. S. in one major block to form a new nation that could be called “The United Free States of America.”

Some might say this sounds like somethin’ straight  out of a novel.  They would be right, it is; one that Will wrote.  But ya know folks, fiction some times has a way of becomin’ reality.  All one has to do is read some of Jules Vern’s novels to understand this. I heerd on the radio just a few  weeks ago that such a real life mini exodus has already begun with people a leavin’ New York and other blue states, and are a movin’ to Texas in order free themselves from the high taxes and gove’ment regulation in them there blue states. The only problem I see with that is, it’ll probably turn those red states into purple states, and that could cause a heap of confusion.

Such a shadow revolution (that’s the name o’ Will’s new book he’s a comin’ out with later)  undoubtedly runs the risk of a ‘nuther bloody and deadly civil war with the loss of many thousands o’ lives, but as the old sayin’ goes, “freedom ain’t free, folks.”  History has proved over and over agin that it’s very costly, but an innate longin’ of mankind ta be free makes it worth the fight.

Ain’t it ironic, folks, that mankind will endure grave sufferin’ to gain freedom, but will so willin’ly exchange that freedom in small doses fer a few promised benefits.  When a gove’ment promises all things to all people, it takes liberty in exchange.  Just like that there Benjamin Franklin feller said:  Them who would be willin’ to exchange a little bit of liberty fer some security deserve neither freedom or security.

Speakin’ metaphorically, (a ‘nuther one ‘o them big words I looked up) I believe we in the United States just like that there Biblical character Esau, is willin’ly tradin’ our birthright for a bowl of lintel soup. This is ‘specially true with this last election. I predict those who voted for that there Mr. Obama feller and the so-called wonderful benefits of Obamacare that he promised, are in for a rude awakenin’—ain’t  we all—when everthin’ in that legislation is finally revealed in 2014. Full implementation of Obamacare could be the final nail in the coffin of freedom as we once knew it.  Separtism may not seem so extreme a few years from now.

 See ya next time.


A short note from Will:  If you’re looking for a short respite from today’s harrowing world, why not check out Buddy…His Trials and Treasures.  It’s a book of adventures of a young boy growing up in rural America during the 1940s.  An era of simpler times and five cent ice cream cones, nickel Hershey bars, ten cent twin scoop ice cream cones, and ten cent movie tickets.  Buddy’s antics will bring a smile to your face, or even a chuckle or two.  You can click on the free download button at upper right of this blog page to receive a free copy.   Happy reading. 🙂 The book is also available for purchase at www.amazon.com.

Rube image by Lori Corbett – Third Raven Design – lcorbett@cableone.net

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