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Farewell to Apostate America: Tentative Exit Plan

For the sequels to this article, follow these links:
Farewell to Apostate America, part 2
Poem: Farewell to Apostate America

Obama on Secession: Farewell to Apostate America, part 3

Union vs. Constitution: Farewell to Apostate America, part 4

President Obama has already appointed two Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court[1], and he is poised to appoint more.  A distinct possibility has emerged that judicial dictatorship will impose “same-sex-marriage” on the entire nation, including some two-thirds of the States which outlaw it.[2]  We the people will then have no realistic hope of self-determination except an Article V Convention.  A Convention of States movement is well worth a try within the parameters of the entire Union.  Failing that approach, however, we could look to a Convention convened in conjunction with the formation of a downsized but upgraded new model America.

In 1973 they foisted abortion on the whole body politic, contrary to the laws enacted in all 50 States prior to Roe v. Wade.  If now, under Obama, the Court countermands the great majority of States, and strikes down the definition of marriage dating back to the origins of the human race, then our last best hope may be to subdivide the Union.

States might secede themselves, or somehow persuade the most pagan of the so-called blue States to leave of their own accord.  To save the nation, or some remnant thereof, will require disempowering the new Loyalists; meaning disenfranchising enough States so that a constitutional Amendment can be ratified, and minimal moral standards put back into place.

Inverted flag signifies national emergency

If the black robed usurpers cross the line, and they overtly make war on the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” then they will be the ones provoking disunion.  They will be like the British firing on the minutemen at Lexington, 1775; or like the Mexican dictator of 1836, trespassing on Texans’ rightful domain and besieging the Alamo.   Or as with P.G.T. Beauregard and the hotheads assaulting Ft. Sumter in 1861, any blood spilled will be on the heads of the usurpatory “Justices,” as well as the President(s) who appointed them and the Senators who confirmed them.

The 2012 elections  marked a decisive defeat in the war for America’s soul.  It seems the current American Union may have passed the point of no return.  While there are sound secular reasons for a political separation, this essay will emphasize the spiritual implications of national partition, i.e. divorce or (to use a more precise analogy) annulment of the marriage contract because crucial terms of the Union have been breached.

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At the outset, it is only right and proper to give thanks to our divine Benefactor for the signal favors he gave our national cause (Annuit Coeptis) over the course of the two centuries or so following Independence in 1776.  Alas, shortly before President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Supreme Court repaid our debt of gratitude to God by excluding the good Lord from public schools.  Since 1962 the list has lengthened of occasions and places in the public square where Jesus is officially unwelcome.

Still, there are not a few citizens who do thank you, O Great Helmsman of History.  While America stood with thee, you stood by us.

Next, as to the issue of where to place the blame for the recent election:  No longer do the American people as a whole exist as a whole; we are implacably divided.  Therefore, the oft expressed idea that citizens got what they deserved in the recent election does not bear scrutiny when electoral results are broken down county by county.

Take, for example, the 2012 electoral map for my home State of Washington, where by 53 to 47% the voters passed the sordid redefinition of marriage.  Ten counties voted to redefine marriage, while 29 stood in defense of traditional marriage.  Of the 20 counties east of the Cascade Mountains, only one went with same sex marriage, Whitman County (with more than 21,000 WSU students), and that by a margin of merely 76 votes.

And so, how, pray tell, can 29 counties be blamed for the sins of the other ten?  Whose fault is it really, that Seattle — probably America’s least-churched large city — exercises its clout in the State Legislature to hold Eastern Washington a political hostage?  How can we hold the citizens of Spokane County to blame (56% rejected same-sex-marriage) or neighboring Lincoln County (72% against SSM), thus accusing the victimized counties for the evil choices made over on the other side of a major mountain range, in Seattle more than 200 miles away?  In the political black hole of King County, two-thirds voted for SSM, sucking the rest of the State down with them!

At the national level, one objective of partition would be to reassert the principle of political self-determination.  Another key aim would be to restore the written U.S. Constitution, a document which at its centennial William Gladstone called, “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

We would keep the Constitution in either case, whether by expelling blue States or by withdrawing to form a new nation.  If red States exit the old Union, the Constitution can go with us; because, like air, it is available for all to breathe.  Moreover, it’s reinforcement will be key to the success of the experiment, for as Daniel Webster is said to have observed in 1851, a year before his death, “miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution….”

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To partition the Union is sufficiently revolutionary!  And so, without forsaking the venerable Constitution, our revolutionary purpose should be to reinforce it. Far better to restore the scepter to the written Constitution in a downsized republic, than continue with the Constitution in its diminished form; or indeed let it be emasculated still further by the Supreme Court of the 50 State Union.

Hence re-ratification of the Constitution, as purged by constitutional Amendment of its interpretative embrace of sin and usurpation, will serve as a pro-family, pro-life shibboleth.  It will favor democracy within the framework of a Republic.  It will screen out, and keep at bay, the States which prefer a loosely constructed Constitution with all the postmodern malignancies added by Federal courts.

Bedecked in black robes, Federal judges homesteading for life have set themselves up as a standing constitutional convention, minus the ratification requirements in Article V of the written Constitution.  Their de facto Amendments have imposed the following:

Militant secularism, abortion, sodomy, pornography, confiscation of private property for corporate benefit, equivalency of international jurisprudence and of citizenship for multinational corporations; and in general, arbitrary legislation that proceeds from an unelected, irremovable, life-tenured oligarchy.

Thus, two negations are necessary to restore America the Beautiful, or at least save a remnant of it: (1) a constitutional Amendment purging the pernicious developments listed above, and (2) a way of disassociating politically from any States that embrace such policies.  Otherwise do not expect again to see a good country for present or future Americans.  Neither will the world find proof in our example that a Judeo-Christian republic, governed by a written Constitution, is a realistic possibility in the 21st century.

As Christian, Jewish and other monotheistic Americans, “we must disenthrall ourselves,” and reject the notion that believers should be yoked with Belial, or justice harnessed with iniquity (2 Corinthians 6:14).  On the contrary, Jesus allowed for marital separation in the case of sexual infidelity (Matthew 19:9).  Likewise, in 2012 the electoral wins for sexual perversion have put those of us who remain faithful to the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage into an impossible position relative to an unfaithful, apostate nation.

In four of the five states where same-sex-marriage was on this year’s ballot — Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State — the voters gave their approval.  Only North Carolina banned it, after a fervent appeal from fellow State citizen, Rev. Billy Graham.  Worst, nationwide polls indicate that 50% or more of American citizens have come to support this moral abomination, mostly in the blue states.

In other words half of the Union backs (or inadvertently supports) a war against the very basis of nationhood.  As the Declaration of Independence states at the outset:

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….

By endorsing an assault on “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” half the body politic is opting, in effect, to undermine the principles upon which any people is entitled to national sovereignty.  In a perverse sort of way, therefore, a national breakup befits their expressed willingness to redefine marriage in opposition to divine and natural law.

Moreover, the reelection of a President who favors the homosexual agenda and promotes abortion, one willing also to persecute the Church, suggests that the current American Union conflicts with the Cardinal Virtue of prudence.  Association with States that oppose the ordinances of the Almighty is imprudent for us and for our children and grandchildren simply because safety and folly are innately incompatible.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Another of the Cardinal Virtues, justice, is at stake according to the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas.  Consider his Summa Theologica:

A tyrannical regime is not just because it is not directed to the common good…. Consequently there is no sedition in disconcerting such a regime, unless … (the cure should be worse than the malady).  Indeed it is the tyrant rather that is guilty of sedition, since he provokes discord and sedition among his subjects even as he seeks to assure his dominance.[3]

The Obama Administration’s main contributions in its first four years were acrimony and discord, rendering the nation more bitterly polarized than at any time since the Civil War.  Again the nation is confronted with outcries for secession.  There are petitions to secede from all 50 States, and 30,000 signatures have been exceeded in each of eight States – Texas leading with 120,558 signatories.[4]  Another five States have exceeded 20,000.

Crossing the official threshold of 25,000 set by the White House is another petition asking the government to punish all signatories on secession petitions.  The proposal would strip away our citizenship and deport us.  (I suppose it would be wishful thinking to imagine the Feds doing me a favor, by deporting me to a new nation coterminous with the red States.)

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, it is not just the divisive features of a regime, but its intrinsically disordered governance, which justifies our resistance:

Obedience to secular rulers is obligatory insofar as the order of justice requires us to obey.  Consequently, when any governor holds power not justly but rather by means of usurpation, or he issues unjust ordinances, then we have no duty to obey; except perchance to avoid scandal or peril.[5]

The American Declaration of Independence affords us similar reassurance.  With moral confidence we can resist not only Obama’s regime, but also the long-term postmodernist regime, with its increasingly tyrannical Federal courts.  This year marks five decades since the Federal judiciary became the battering ram of the culture war.[6]  When “a long train of abuses and usurpations” push us toward despotism, then it is the people’s “right” and “it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”  (D. of I., paragraph 2)

And the Bible (Romans 13: 1-7) informs us about our obligation to the higher authorities, of which the highest in this country is the “supreme Law of the Land,” the Constitution.  To it we are obliged to submit, but manifestly not to usurpers who pervert the Constitution, converting its written words (like the Ninth and Tenth Amendments in the case of Obamacare) into dead letters.

And yet, despite everything, if we suffer evils while they are sufferable, and if we all serve as Loyalists for apostate America; then assuredly the moral contagion will keep spreading.  It will continue to infect our kids and their kids.  Increasingly, our posterity will be victimized by the ethical corruption of public education and of other societal levers like the media and entertainment industry.

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Do we face a moral imperative?  Yes, we are indeed obliged to rescue our progeny.  Ours is a solemn duty, and to address it let us apply Holy Scripture.  Jesus instructed his Apostles (Matthew 10:23), to flee when persecuted in one town, and to go to the next.  In 2 Corinthians 6:17, St. Paul quotes Isaiah 52:11):

Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing; …

There are two ways to separate from the “unclean thing:”  Either leave the Union and form a Judeo-Christian nation; or, alternatively, invite, urge, or somehow compel the pagan States to make their exit.  The latter approach might be easier to initiate via petitions, embargoes and the like; although if the offending States prove unwilling, it will be harder to achieve.

In either case, to accomplish partition peacefully we would need to convince blue-minded Americans that our presence in the Union serves only as a drag on their liberal agenda, slowing its implementation.  Therefore they might discern a self-interest in forming a blue union of their own.  Or, as seems more likely, they might reckon good riddance and show red States the exit.

But with either tactic, and keeping our options open, let us begin with an official action (see Appendix One) from which to build political resolve.  For as the Chinese proverb says, “a journey of a thousand miles first requires a single step.”

This step would look to State Legislatures, starting perhaps with one from among the aforesaid thirteen petitioning States.  The idea is to pass a resolution rebuking Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, and urging their citizens to take another look at their votes, and to consider the adverse impact upon the Union.  These are the three States whose citizens (as distinguished from courts or legislatures in six States) have redefined marriage to include the sin against nature.  Entertain no illusions: the recipient States may well rebuff the overture, reviling it as an intrusion into the affairs of a sovereign State.  Still, the publicity will help raise awareness.  It will advertise the horrendous implications of what voters in those States have done.  And it will generate populist energy whereby to move the campaign to the next level.

Blue for Obama, red for Romney

The overriding strategic objective of partition would be to filter out some blue States (either through their exit or ours) until the number of ratifying States equals the critical threshold of three-fourths approving  an arch-Amendment.  In addition to other reforms, the constitutional upgrade would bolster the written Constitution, restore time-tested paradigms of morality, and reinstate the prerogatives of religion in the church-state equation.

My fellow citizens:  Impious politicians and pernicious legislation from the bench are in effect pressuring us to downplay our moral and religious principles, and to compromise the cultural legacy bequeathed to us by the builders of America.  By way of provocation, now a half-century in duration, a formal annulment of the 50 State Union is very properly on the table.

Following the elections of November, 2012, the aforementioned petitioners brought the issue of peaceful secession from the Union to the official attention of the White House.  (For the Administration’s response see part 3 of this series.) Mr. Obama is the first President in 1½ centuries to provoke a clamor for secession.

The big difference is that by having urged a righteous path on the slavery issue, President-elect Abraham Lincoln incited secessionists even before he took office.  By contrast, the Obama Administration has been pushing us further and further along an impious path.  And the Supreme Court has been proceeding along the same route for five decades (1962-2012).[6]

We are not slaveholders who want to secede, but rather citizens who seek to avoid being enslaved by the culture of death.  We fear lest our posterity share in the shipwreck of a nation adrift without its Judeo-Christian anchor.

Those blue States which advocate the paganizing of public morality, the continuation of judicial oligarchy, of congressional incumbent protection plans, more outsourcing of jobs, and  surrender of political / economic sovereignty to globalism — let them have the their own union.  Meanwhile, we would claim the rest: a smaller but unsullied American union, with the scepter restored to the venerable written Constitution (as opposed to the “living, breathing” version), and with laws befitting a Judeo-Christian republic.

From the standpoint of the restored States of America (RSA), the prodigal States would be seen much as the Declaration of Independence viewed Great Britain in 1776:

We must, therefore, … hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind,
Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

If, at some point in the future, one or more of the forthcoming foreign States, or some portion thereof, pursue the course of repentance and cultural reform; and if they desire statehood in our downsized Union, they could, of course, apply.  Their readmission would be contingent — as during the Reconstruction era[7] — upon ratifying the Constitution as amended.

In addition, some conservative provinces and/or territories in Canada might opt to be co-States with Alaska or Montana, rather than remain Provinces under Ottawa.  It would be expedient, also, to welcome into the revitalized American republic such hostage regions as Eastern Washington.  Its 20 counties (the projected State of Lincoln) have for decades been held captive to the politics of a few big counties west of the “Cascade curtain.”  State level secessionist movements in Eastern Oregon, and Northern California/Southern Oregon — the long proposed State Of Jefferson) — might also seek refuge in our reconstituted republic.

The nineteen or so counties of Jefferson could provide a land corridor to the Pacific, penetrating the blue barrier that runs roughly from Mt. Baker near the British Columbia border almost to the Salton Sea in southeastern California.  Another corridor (its formation may be more problematic politically) would be Orange County flanked by Riverside County in Southern California.

Counties in 2012 election:
Blue, Obama; red, Romney

In the Eastern part of the country, the map of 2012 electoral results, county by county, provides a general idea of where boundaries might ideally be drawn relative to the Appalachian Mts. and the Great Lakes.  The same national map of red vs. blue counties is suggestive of migration patterns that would surely soar after partition.

Hopefully annulling the old Union could be arranged without the sort of antipathy and bloodshed that accompanied the India/Pakistan breakup of 1947, or our own Civil War, 1861-65.  The history of more recent breakups is encouraging.  In 1989 five of the six states of the Warsaw Pact held in bond by the old Soviet Union broke away with comparatively little bloodshed, overthrowing their puppet governments in the process.  Rumania was the exception, with 1104 deaths.

In 1991, featuring a total population equivalent to the USA, the Soviet Union fragmented into 15 independent nations.  Dissolution of the USSR gave rise to massive migration of ethnic Russians back to Russia, but relatively little loss of life.

The breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991 was much more costly with deaths well in excess of 100,000.

Czechoslovakia after 1993

But more recently, in 1993, the division of Czechoslovakia into two nations, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, was accomplished bloodlessly.  Appropriately it was dubbed “the Velvet Divorce.”

Similarly, the secession of Montenegro from Serbia was accomplished peacefully in a 2006 referendum governed by EU rules.

If annulment of our marriage with “blue-State” America proceeds without civil war, the upshot will in some ways be positive economically.  A common market and monetary standards could be negotiated (keep the dollar?), but with a view to learn from mistakes made in setting up the European Union and the Euro.  The issue of sharing liability for the national debt might be settled by bargaining with the old Union to honor existing entitlements (like Social Security and military retirement pensions) which citizens of the new nation will want to continue receiving.

Also access to the transcontinental railroads that pass through our territory could be granted in exchange for our own access to port facilities on Puget Sound and at Long Beach CA.  Our ports on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard would give us access to eastward shipping.  And a new treaty with Mexico might grant access via Arizona to Puerto Penasco, and/or other port facilities that develop on the Gulf of California.

Among the economic effects, a boom in housing is likely, insofar as many families would be ready and willing to sell out and purchase new homes in their preferred nation.  A thriving housing market would thus be a salutary bi-product of migration in both directions.  One of my teenage cousins is ecstatic about the post-election petitions for secession:  “I’m definitely stoked to see how this all turns out,” he wrote.  “If another country can form with the original foundations of America, I’d move in a heartbeat.”

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If reds and blues can part company more agreeably than did the Blue and the Gray in Jeff Davis’ day, let it be with a farewell blessing rather than a clenched fist.  Also, though we go our separate ways, the door to reunion should be left open by treaty.  Over time, ratification by ratification, the prodigal States should be free to return and reunite under the restored written Constitution.

Marriage counselors find that up to 10 percent of former spouses remarry, and restored marriages fare better on average than second marriages to other partners.  If couples can enjoy a successful remarriage to each other, it can likewise occur on a grander scale.  Sometimes a cooling off time makes the renewed relationship happier than would have been the case without an interval of separation for reflection and dissipation of anger.

In the case of a sub-divided and subsequently reunited USA, the same dynamic might apply, with improvement but, of course, not perfection.  After the Civil War and Reconstruction, the reconstituted Union carried on after the eleven ex-Confederate States ratified the 14th Amendment, although the legacy of racism lingered until well after the assassination of Martin Luther King.

In the downsized but upgraded new Union, the legacy of paganism will not evaporate into thin air.  How could it, given the “dictatorship of relativism” dominating the West?  However our restored republic, under a written Constitution to which the scepter has been returned, will give us a fighting chance.

In 1990, after 45 years, the five Marxist states of East Germany united once again with West Berlin, and with West Germany’s ten non-Communist states.  History offers case studies of sub-divided nations coming together again, decades or even centuries later, by coalescing around one component of the old union. (For historical examples see below, Appendix Two).

A cardinal condition for formation of the RSA, and for alienated States to rejoin, would be that each member State embrace the written U.S. Constitution as amended.  One arch-Amendment would reaffirm the preeminence of the written Constitution over treaties and international protocols, lest any economic concord with the old Union encroach on our new national sovereignty. Another provision would put the written Constitution back on the throne, subordinating the out of control courts.

Restoring the scepter to the written Constitution will require its reinforcement in two ways: authorizing a reformed Congress to nullify past judicial usurpations, and ending the 50 year old custom of routinely amending and legislating from the bench.[8]

Another aim of one arch-Amendment will be to brace the supreme law of the land against uniquely postmodern threats, including the “tsunami of secularization” sweeping over the Western world.

An Article V convention would serve also to signify juridical continuity between the old Union and the newly formed RSA.  It will be easiest during the transition period [1] to convene such a convention, [2] to fill it with suitable delegates, and [3] to ratify its proposed arch-amendment.  Though perhaps not quite impossible in the context of unyielding polarization within the 50 State Union, the convention procedures under Article V would be immeasurably more feasible during start-up of the downsized republic.

Since we would be working with the same venerable Constitution, retained in written form, the ratification process would remain unchanged — three-fourths of the States.  If, say, a score of States secede and re-adopt the Constitution, then it would require 15 of the same 20 States to approve its reinforcing Amendment.

And so, by the grace of God and a good strategy, let us look to the future.  Since Obama’s America has lost the moral stature to run the world, the breakup of the USA will do the world a signal service and enhance hope.  The rump America(s) that remain will have to downsize their military-industrial complexes, and will be compelled by economic necessity to withdraw from some of the 130 or so nations that currently host American troops.

With a less aggressive foreign policy, the world would be rid of Hillary Clinton and her ilk pressuring Third World countries into facilitating abortions.  Nor would the downsized version of pagan America’s State Department be pushing so intrusively and forcefully for sodomite-friendly regimes, nor for “Americanization” of foreign cultures.

Allow me to conclude on a personal note.  When I graduated from high school, President Kennedy was in office, national morale was high, and partition would have seemed utterly incongruous to the issues and challenges of the day.  But now instead of Camelot we have Mordor, of which the Obama Administration is but one manifestation.

Pervasive and deeply rooted evils call for extreme measures.  Radical problems require radical solutions.

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. [Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, 1865]

President Lincoln fought to free the slaves and preserve the Union.  But the old American Union appears to have degraded beyond redemption, and its leaders are putting us and our children under a curse.  Let us pray that God provide us a peaceful way to escape, and to start the American experiment anew.

Beginning anew is a necessity being blocked, or even worse debased, by political polarization and strident secularization in the Union.  In a new American union, higher political principles, and restoring prerogatives to the old time religion, would be implicit to the process of renewal.  While reasserting our Judeo-Christian heritage along with the written Constitution – its scepter restored – we must in some respects wipe the slate clean:

  • Restore Congress to preeminence as the Legislative Branch, not as a place for incumbent politicians to homestead while unelected Judges legislate from the bench.  Revive the House of Representatives, via rapid rotation in office, as the engine of democracy.
  • Close the offices of the two major political parties and freeze their assets.  Outlaw the operations of all existing parties.  Let new political parties form afresh on a level political playing field.
  • Build an economy for the people, not for multinational corporations doggedly outsourcing our jobs.
  • Liberate the public square from “the dictatorship of relativism” as Pope Benedict has termed it.  Fortify the Constitution against the “tsunami of secularism.”  Let the new government clear away what cloaks or blocks “religion and morality,” described in our first President’s Farewell Address as the two “great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

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Appendix One.

Prototype resolution by a State Legislature reproving States whose voters sanctioned same-sex-marriage.  This resolution will be obsolete, however, if and when the Federal Courts “pull a Roe” and mandate SSM nationally.

Whereas, on Nov. 6, 2012, the States of Maine, Maryland, and Washington did provide the electorate an opportunity to uphold the sanctity and beauty of marriage;

Whereas, these citizens voted instead to twist the institution, and to redefine marriage to include homosexual unions, contrary to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God;”

Whereas, evils and misfortunes are sure to accompany official approval of immoral conduct;

Whereas, we desire to disassociate ourselves from such a demoralizing decision, and to urge repentance and a political turnabout;

Be it therefore resolved, that the State of ____ hereby requests the aforesaid three States to contemplate the adverse impact upon our entire Union whenever one or more States distort marriage; and

Be it further resolved, that we implore every authority within the United States — Federal, State and local — to preserve, protect and defend the integrity of marriage exclusively between one man and one woman.

Appendix Two.

Twelve historical examples of national fragmentation, followed by reunification in roughly the same geographic location.

Germany, 1945-1990.  The country was split into eastern and western zones after WW II.  After 4½ decades, citizens began dismantling the Berlin Wall (November, 1989), and the five Landers of the former E. Germany were allowed to reunite with the ten Landers of West Germany on 3 October 1990.  Germany’s Capitol relocated from Bonn to Berlin.

Vichy France, July 1940 to August 1944.  A rump French state, with its capitol at Vichy, maintained a facade of independence.  Paris in the Nazi occupied zone, along with Marseilles and Lyon in Vichy France — the misnamed “free zone” — became principal centers of the French Resistance.  La Résistance played a key role in the Allied invasion on D-Day, 1944, and contributed greatly to the reunification of France under Charles DeGaulle’s provisional government, 20 August, 1944.

American Civil War.  Subdivision of the country into two independent nations (1861-65) was never recognized by Lincoln’s government, which remained in control of nineteen States, plus West Virginia and much of the four Border States of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware.  Between July 1866 and July 1870, the eleven States of the Confederacy were reunited with the USA, first as territories in five military districts (in all but Tennessee), and finally as restored States.

France, 1429.  The Hundred Years War was going badly for the French, with most of the lands north of the Loire River under English control.  The uncrowned French King, the Dauphin (the future Charles VII) made his capitol at Chalon, since Paris itself was under enemy control.  From this rump French domain, St. Joan of Arc made her miraculous appearance.  After her notable victories, and Charles’ crowning at Rheims, Joan’s martyrdom inspired the French to a string of additional military triumphs.  The Burgundians, long allies of the English, went over to King Charles, and by 1453 France was (except for Calais) reunited.

Japan.  Beginning with the Onin War (1467-77) the Sengoku period lasted 1-1/3 centuries.  Japan remained divided into numerous prefectures headed by their respective Daimyos until Japan was formally reunified under Tokugawa Ieyasu, 1603.

Italy.  After the fall of the Roman Empire in the west, AD 476, the Lombards moved in to pick up the pieces.  They reunited Italy from 568-774 with the exception of the Papal States and of footholds by the Byzantine Empire.  Then, for 1086 years, 774-1860, Italy was again divided.  Around one surviving fragment of Lombardy in the north (see map), which later became the Dutchy of Savoy, and still later the Kingdom of Piedmont/Sardinia, the other fragments would one day coalesce.  Under Sardinia’s leadership in 1859-60, Italy was finally reunited.

Spain.  The Visigothic Kingdom fell to an invasion and Moorish (Islamic) occupation in c. 712.  A fragment, Asturias, survived as a small Christian kingdom in the northwest.  From Asturias (see map) sprang forth the Reconquista, a 7½ century crusade to recover the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors.  It culminated in 1492 with the reunification of Christian Spain.

Britain.  Saxon heptarchy overrun by the Viking invasions, beginning in 793.  Wessex in the south held out against the Danelaw, most heroically under King Alfred (871-899).  In 1042, England reunited under Alfred’s distant grandson, King Edward the Confessor.

Roman Empire.  Diocletian’s tetrarchy, theoretically a fourfold reorganization of the twelve dioceses of the Roman Empire, soon degenerated into rival regimes.  The three northeastern dioceses, consisting of the prefecture under Constantius, succeeded by his son Constantine, reunited the empire in a three-stage campaign, AD 312-324.

China:  Breakup of the Han Dynasty led to the period of Three Kingdoms, AD 220-280.  The three rival states going from east, to southeast to northeast (see map) were, Shu, Wu and Wei/Jin.  Eventually the latter absorbed the other two and China was reunited into the Jin Dynasty.

ChinaWarring States Period.  Breakdown of Chinese political unity, 475 B.C., until reunification under the state of Qin in 221 B.C.

Israel/Juda.  In 722 BC the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom of Israel, decimating the twelve tribes, and leaving Juda and the Levites as a remnant in the south.  Juda in turn was overrun, first by the Babylonians, and four centuries later by the Greeks (Seleucid regime).  But the rebellion of the Maccabees restored Israel, with her first century B.C. boundaries (see map) approximating Israel/Juda prior to the Assyrian conquest.

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 Endnotes

[1] Obama appointees to U.S. Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor (2009) and Elena Kagan (2010).
[2] Thirty States ban same sex marriage in their respective constitutions, including California notwithstanding that State officials in league with the Federal Courts have preempted its enforcement.
[3] St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II 42, Benziger Bros. edition, 1947).  Just prior to this passage, Aquinas’ reply to objection two makes a distinction between different kinds of discord, justifiable insurrection vs. sedition: “Discord from what is not evidently good, may be without sin.  But discord from what is evidently good, cannot be without sin: and sedition is discord of this kind, for it is contrary to the unity of the multitude, which is a manifest good.”
[4] At this writing, the States exceeding 30,000 signatures are: Texas, 120,558 signatures; Louisiana, 36,996; Florida, 35,326; Georgia, 32,465; Tennessee, 31,494; North Carolina, 30,817; Alabama, 30,590.
States exceeding 20,000 signatures:  S. Carolina 25,058; Arizona, 23,509; Arkansas, 23,158; Colorado, 22,304; Indiana, 21,594; Missouri, 20,257.
[5] St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica 2a2ae, question 104, article 6, 3rd reply:  “…principibus saecularibus intantum homo obedire tenetur, inquantum ordo iustitiae requirit.  Et ideo si non habeant iustum principatum sed usurpatum, vel si iniusta praecipiant, non tenentur eis subditi obedire: nisi forte per accidens, propter vitandum scandalum vel periculum.”
[6] Engle v. Vitale 370 US 421 (June 25, 1962).  Specifically related to government composed school prayer, but it set precedent for a host of anti-religious rulings.  It opened the floodgates to the “tsunami of secularization” in the public schools.
[7] Ratification of the 14th Amendment (passed by Congress, June 15, 1866) was prerequisite to readmission of the former Confederate States during the years 1866-1870
[8] Brown v. Board of Education, (May 1954) should be regarded as non-negotiable, however, and ought to remain in force.  See my prototype of an arch-amendment, section 4:3.

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For the sequels to this article, follow these links:

Farewell to Apostate America, part 2
Poem: Farewell to Apostate America

Obama on Secession: Farewell to Apostate America, part 3

Union vs. Constitution: Farewell to Apostate America, part 4


Bob Struble is a retired history teacher, and a writer of books, articles and poems. He is Lecturer for the Knights of Columbus in Bremerton WA, and is an associate editor at Catholic Lane.
  • http://www.schefter.org/ PrairieHawk

    I was reading quickly but one question that comes to mind is, who inherits Federal government debt and unfunded liabilities that total, last I saw, 60+ trillion dollars?

    Also, I would support returning the Church to something more like its historical role in civil governance. Bishops are ex officio Senators in the state Senate and the Bishop of the Diocese, or one of his priests, sits on town councils. I’d be happy to extend this arrangement to Jewish and Protestant Christian leaders, too.

    My foreboding is that we’d never accomplish something like this without civil war. I think the money problems are going to sink us into violence, just as soon as people start walking into grocery stores and finding empty shelves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

    Prairie Hawk. Tempting as it would be to just walk away from the debt, and leave it to the blue States, I think a sharing of the debt would have to be arranged, as per my article just below the map of Czechoslovakia. Also recent history is somewhat reassuring on the violence score [see above the same map].

  • Warren Jewell

    I don’t think the blueys are going to let the reddies out so easily. They are aware that the productive heart of the 50-state union is far greater in the general and common individual human hearts of reddies than those in the blueys. Hence, the ‘entitled’ base in blueys is proportionally increased by having a far higher percentage of low ‘takers’ to ‘makers’. The productive ‘makers’ would likely flock to the red-state nation, diminishing both the productive and tax bases available to ‘blue’ leaders. Indeed, the blue set would tank so fast as to make themselves an unworkable entity. And, frankly, those blue leaders are all too aware of such outcomes.

    Now, too, add that the most potent military might of the USA is currently in the control of such blue leaders. It might not be so fully effective, given how many armed forces personnel, police forces, etc., would be ready to protect reddies over blueys, if a hot conflict arose. However, how far would blue leaders be willing to go – an actual nuclear option, perhaps? – to make blue-oriented folks toe the blue lines? Look how far they are willing to go between, for two examples, long-term judicial activism and newly current executive orders. Their mendacity about tyranny on top of their delusions of being the best tyrants for all of us make for poor foundations for peaceable partitioning. They might (are very likely?!) decide to ‘make nice’ at the negotiating table while preparing to assault any and all who oppose them.

    Finally, throw in we seem to elect leaders who enjoy having more in common with each other, no matter ‘policy’ differences, than with common folk. In observing our ‘national’ service to the culture of death, just how many of our leaders have made any dent in just how many children are slaughtered each day, year and decade?

    No, I fear that we are in for “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” times ahead of us – maybe, inevitably.

    • Struble

      It’s not impossible that a Gorbachev will take the White House, and refuse, as commander in chief, to fight a civil war to hold the Union together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

    Warren Jewell. Thanks for your thoughtful analysis. I hope it won’t come to that, but there is a hallowed honor in not going down without a fight. As Judas Maccabeus stated during the risky early stages of the revolt against enforced modernization of Israel during the occupation by the Seleucid Greeks: Better for us to die than watch the ruin of our nation and our holy place [1 Maccabees 3:59]

    A man “isn’t fit to live,” said Martin Luther King (June 23, 1963) until he has “discovered something that he will die for.” If they force this gay agenda upon us and upon our kids, and leave us no realistic way to live under laws that reflect Christian values, then 2243 of the Catechism kicks in.

  • Bob Morash

    In relation to above, “Bedecked in black robes, Federal judges homesteading for life have set themselves up as a standing constitutional convention, minus the ratification requirements in Article V of the written Constitution.”

    “This member of the Government
    was at first considered as the most harmless and helpless of all its organs.
    But it has proved that the power of declaring what the law is, ad libitum, by
    sapping and mining slyly and without alarm the foundations of the Constitution,
    can do what open force would not dare to attempt.”

    —Thomas Jefferson to Edward Livingston, 1825. ME 16:114

    “The Constitution . . . meant
    that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion
    which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and
    what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the
    Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a
    despotic branch.”

    —Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1804. ME 11:51

    “To consider the judges as the
    ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine
    indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our
    judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the
    same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their
    maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad
    jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for
    life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective
    control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to
    whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members
    would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and
    co-sovereign within themselves.”

    —Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:277

  • goral

    The results of the election as shown on the map of counties rather than states, reflects more accurately the makeup of the nation. It’s pretty much the property owners, producers and tax payers vs. high-rise dwellers, immigrants and gamblers.
    These are blue cancer cells multiplying and attacking the healthy red blood cells.
    Drastic and immediate action is necessary. Delay is death.
    I agree with the article. As with Obamacare we take the big step and work out the details later.

    • Carlos Caso-Rosendi

      Correct. This is not a 50/50 situation. If the red counties were and army and the blue counties were the opposing forces, the “blues” would be coming out of the cities with a white flag. Walesa realized the commies were toast when John Paul II gathered that huge crowd for Mass. Then they knew “we are many, they are few.” Let us go back to the true essence of America in our Traditional and Conservative movements: a brotherhood of man under God.

      “[God] crowned thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” Let us make that a reality in our hearts, our families, our neighborhoods. The rest will fall in place by itself.

      • goral

        Let’s continue with the beautiful song…..”confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law”. The cancerous souls and cells of this nation are not exercising self-control. Instead, they are aborting and mandating the beautiful souls to do likewise. They are not controlling spending, they are not controlling base instincts to divide us along class and racial lines. They are not controlling rhetoric that makes mockery out of our Christian way of life. They are not controlling lawlessness at the borders, lawlessness on city streets, lawlessness at the very top of our gov’t.

        The only thing that the illigitimi want to control is us, the workers, the producers. The Constitution is being trampled, Carlos.

        Brotherhood is a holy, noble and worthy goal but it can not coalesce from the putridity that is our public sphere:

        Lest you consider same sex marriage brotherhood.
        In my estimation, perhaps 50 percent of the population does, hence the tragically necessary severance.

        • Carlos Caso-Rosendi

          Goral, I can see how you feel that way. First this is a theme that has to be examined very carefully and cannot be covered in one brief comment. Firstly we all have gotten infected with the inevitability of the Progressive model of history. Slouching towards Gomorrah everyone agrees with a vision of the past that somewhat justifies the Progressive vision of the future. We must UNDERSTAND our past and be honest about it. That is very important. This is the apotheosis of Modernism. The impulse is as old as Christianity. In the New Testament we read “they are amongst us but they are not of us” and we are warned about the future rise of a “man of lawlessness.” That great disobedience is here. The modern era starts with the rebellion against the Pope by Luther and progresses until we get to 1968 when a rebellion against authority itself and all the sources of natural morality are questioned. In the middle of all that the American Revolution and the resulting Union stand as an anomaly that runs counter to the general direction the world is taking (more or less the way of the French and Bolshevik revolutions.) What makes me believe that secession won’t occur is the very nature of the American ideas that gave rise to this country. While everyone gets busy writing the obituary of the Union let me utter a personal prediction. Our forefathers knew they were mortals and they knew “what was in man.” To vouchsafe the Union into the uncertain future they chose–albeit in an imperfect manner–to place the nation under God. “Juppiter omnipotes, audacibus annue coeptis” taken from Virgil’s Aeneid. Virgil wrote that to give the Romans a noble past as Aeneas invokes Jupiter to protect his audacious plan. Our forefathers took that line and appropriated it to invoke the protection of God Almighty, the God of the Christians and none other, because they knew that human nature was going to fail to maintain the fragile equilibrium of checks and balances they have created to rule the nation. Let me quote you Scripture:

          You who fear the LORD, trust him, and your reward will not be lost.You who fear the LORD, hope for good things, for lasting joy and mercy. Study the generations long past and understand; has anyone hoped in the LORD and been disappointed? Has anyone persevered in his fear and been forsaken? has anyone called upon him and been rebuffed. Compassionate and merciful is the LORD; he forgives sins, he saves in time of trouble.

          I know it is going to get worse and it will look as if all has been lost. But this nation has been trusted into God’s hands by our ancestors and God will not forget their noble and humble gesture. This is the Third Peril, it was foretold and the Union will survive it to extend to the whole world the benefits of liberty under the law.

          I know I am not wrong and at the same time I can see why good Americans feel distressed by this situation. Simply look around you with the eyes of faith and you will see that there are many more of us. This too shall pass. The greatest days of America are still ahead. The only nation in the world founded on the trust of God will not be the first ever to be abandoned by Him.

          Trust.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

            Carlos. The dissolution of the Union does not have to be permanent. Look at France during the Hundred Years War. By 1456 she had reunited, thanks to God’s earlier intervention through St. Joan. Divorce is sometimes followed by remarriage to the same spouse, generally with good results.

            What the Union may need to serve humanity as you hope is this: a respite from the polarizing and corrupting effects of what Goral rightly calls the malignant influence of the blue States. Someday they may see the light, and the Union be reunited in a condition much healthier than today.

          • Carlos Caso-Rosendi

            That is possible. Israel was divided–and never reunited–but I still hope our nation is exceptional when it comes to this. Remember God. He is not on vacation. It is obvious that He is separating the sheep from the goats. There may be something (fire from Heaven? Pleeze!) He decides to do, something along the lines of Jonah and the Ninivites. You and I know that this country has made great sacrifices for the good of mankind. I can’t easily accept that the Lord will stay on the sidelines while the land that was trusted to Him gets ravaged and divided. But He knows more than me and I pray for his mercy upon those who never intended to promote the abundance of abominations currently happening in the US. I pray the Holy Spirit will come and renew the face of this land. God bless!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

          Superbly put, Goral. If Obama and the Federal Courts are hell bent to lift sin and evil to the level of civil rights, and to impose them as paradigms over the whole Union, then “the tragically necessary severance.”

  • Carlos Caso-Rosendi

    Bob,

    Secession is not an option. I don’t mean to contradict your analysis. What I am saying is that one cannot expect the flu to move out of our body. Liberalism is parasitic and oppressive in nature, It will not go away until is wiped out of the earth by the Righteous and the righteous. The problem in my view is that we are all Liberals, some Progressive and some Conservative but we are all Liberals. There is no line in the sand to cross for judicial activism. They crossed that line long ago and trampled on it joyously.

    Along the way there were many serious mistakes made. After the Civil War the Nation should have done some more penance and give the former slaves a good education, true integration, and peace. Instead the racist and oppressive made them suffer some more and in doing so they opened the possibility for enemies to exploit blacks and others and use them against the Union. You see, either we have a Union and survive or we don’t have it and perish. Leaving huge swats of American society to suffer inflicted poverty and squalor was not a good idea and was not pleasing to God either. Now it is time to pay for that.

    Every time I say this I am criticized. Rarely there is an argument presented, I only get insults and dismissals. No one so far has acknowledged the need for this nation to do some serious soul searching towards the goal of a “more perfect union”. The house is divided because BAD PEOPLE divided it and then used that crack in the armor to get in. That is the work of the devil. He uses our own weaknesses to destroy us. Now let us face it: the American preoccupation with race is insane, it is not good for anyone nor it serves any useful purpose. All the shades of racism that existed since the foundation of this country have to be purged out of the Law of the Land and most importantly out of our souls. With that in our hearts we are an open city ready for the taking.

    To get to that point of purification there are two roads: brutal, merciless
    self examination OR lost of suffering. We just voted for the later.

    • Theodore Kobernick

      That’s right! Until and unless the nation turns to God, and procedural fixes will be failures.

      Ps 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deb-Shaw/100001813990728 Deb Shaw

    The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees me, and every other citizen, freedom of and from religion. This means that not only do I have the right to practice my religion, but I have the right to not practice yours. I am openly Pagan, which is my right. Living my faith doesn’t impinge on you living your faith, not in the least. The biggest difference between you and me is that you don’t respect my right to practice my religion, but I respect your right to practice yours. Quit stepping on everybody’s toes, Bob.

    • Mary Kochan

      Deb, why does the first amendment guarantee you freedom of religion?

    • Guest

      No, Deb, I’ll go with a genuine minister, not one with your

      bogus ULC mail-order theology degree. Rev. Billy Graham has stated, very much to the point, that “the Founders meant freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” The contrary legal view is based on usurpatory courts and revisionist history.

  • Theodore Kobernick

    Very bad article, Robert Struble!

    You expect Obama to destroy the United States; so you hope to beat him to the punch, and destroy it before he can.

    As you know, I opposed Obama, basically for the same reasons you state. I voted in the election, and my side lost. But I remain an “American” – a citizen of the United States of America. You, on the other hand, suddenly urge other Americans to refuse to accept the results of our CONSTITUTIONAL electoral process.

    You seem to like the fantasy idea that the nation can dissolve with no big problems.

    Your selection of historical references is as loaded, lopsided and misleading as any other revisionist document.

    Did you inform your readers that President Lincoln stated that he had sworn an oath to preserve the Union, but that the rebels had sworn no such oath? Of course not.

    Did you mention the reasons the Founding Fathers were determined to have ONE nation rather than a few nations or confederations? No, you did not!

    A susceptible reader might initially agree with your Red and Blue map. But the reader who studies it will see that you advocate a fragmentation down to the county level.

    Could anyone seriously believe that the Constitution you profess to cherish would be compatible with the nearly theocratic ruling system you advocate?

    Bob, I see you do not advocate civil disobedience – just civil dissolution. Why don’t you go ahead and renounce your citizenship in the nation you have rejected?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

      Theodore. Please reread my first four paragraphs. Basically I’m advocating a wait and see approach depending on whether the black robed usurpers cross the line, and make war on the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” In the meantime, I believe the Cardinal Virtues of prudence and fortitude dictate that we make tentative plans as per the title of my article.

      If Obama and the Supreme Court kills the last vestige of hope that our posterity can retain some semblance of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, then what would you have us do, Ted, just keep right on saluting the flag? If our last best hope on this planet turns out to be secession, then would you dash the hopes of my young cousin whom I quote above? Are you saying that our civic duty as Christians will then be abject acquiescence? When they start pushing us into the ghetto, shall we just pray and obey in hopes that everything will be okay?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

        Furthermore, Theodore, your aside about theocracy reminds me of that wartime work by the Cambridge University professor, C.S. Lewis. One of his Screwtape Letters, (chapter 25) gives the spiritual underworld’s strategy for mankind’s ruination: “The use of fashions in thought is to distract the attention of men from their real dangers. We [the demons] direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is least in danger and fix its approval on the virtue nearest to that vice which we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers whenever there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under. Thus we make it fashionable to expose the dangers of enthusiasm at the very moment when they are all really becoming worldly and lukewarm….”
        And, one might add, to make us all paranoid about theocracy when the real threat is paganocracy.

        • Theodore Kobernick

          Come on, Bob. That’s not fair. You should know that I am not afraid of a theocracy in the USA. I suggested that YOU sounded almost theocratic.

          Of course the growing evil we suffer under is what you so aptly call demonocracy.

          My fundamental disagreement with you is that you keep on proposing POLITICAL solutions to a SPIRITUAL problem. When you call the evil “demonocracy” you show that you do indeed see the spiritual nature of the evil. But you continue to propose your political solution.

          Moreover, as you get caught up in developing your case, you seem to get carried away with the notion that the action you propose is the ONLY alternative to silently enduring.

          And you ridicule one Christian approach” “shall we just pray and obey in hopes that everything will be okay?” I sure did not suggest that!

          Here is a Christian approach I do advocate. Study the Word of God. Pray, and LISTEN. Then DO what the Lord directs. When we pray for our nation, we will do well to follow the example of three great men of God: Isaiah, Daniel, and Nehemiah. Each of these men confessed the evil of the nation, and THEY INCLUDED THEMSELVES AMONG THE SINNERS!

          Isaiah 6:5. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and Ilive among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

          Isaiah 53:6. We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

          Daniel is even more explicit.

          Daniel 9:3. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:

          “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

          “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.

          “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

          we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.

          You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem.

          “Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

          “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us. Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

          Daniel’s confession is all WE, not THEY!

          Likewise with Nehemiah, who rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem.

          Nehemiah 1:4.

          When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. hen I said: “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you.

          As you know, these servants of the Lord did not just sit around with folded hands and hope for the best.

          A Judeo-Christian cultural leaning is not the same thing as godliness. Consequently, it has little strength against a militant paganism. We need to become a godly people!

          You have demonstrated an awareness of the early years of Christianity. Would you not agree that the political success of Christianity FOLLOWED the spiritual manifestations of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ people? I suggest that trying to start with the political side is putting the cart before the horse. Even worse, going for the political without humbly invoking the Lord, is to remove the horse altogether. The cart gets nowhere, Bob. And breaking up the cart for firewood doesn’t help a bit.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

            Theodore. Pope Benedict’s papacy will be remembered, among other things, for his efforts to clean house: to root homosexuals out of the seminaries, to scour the dirt from America’s largest organization of nuns, and to remove manifestations of the culture of death from Catholic institutions – witness his December 1st motu proprio on Catholic charities.

            The Pope is not being deterred in his decontamination project by ambivalence as to whether the fault lies with us or with them. On the contrary, the chief culprits need to be sent packing, simple as that. “Cast the evil man from your midst.” (1 Corinthians 5:13) It will be a lot easier to clean up our own act when enemies within our ranks are not fouling the nest, or (to switch metaphors) poisoning the pot.

            Likewise with the 50 State Union. The blue States are, as Goral put it so vividly in his comment, like “blue cancer cells multiplying and attacking the healthy red blood cells. Drastic and immediate action is necessary. Delay is death.” Consider the verse:

            “Salvage my soiled nation – long uncleaned,
            Proudly in thrall to sin and war.
            Release her from the postmodern fiend.
            Let her radiance shine once more.”

            We need to cast the fiend from our midst if we are to restore America the Beautiful. Cleaning up a polluted landfill or body of water is a prerequisite to health. It is not a matter of putting the horse before the cart, but of preparing the ground before you expect spiritual revival to flourish.

            How can bad grapes yield good burgundy?
            Or rancid soil rhododendrons and roses?

          • goral

            Exactly right, Bob Struble, the groundwork is not there for a spiritual revival. A spiritual revival has to show some buds, they are not evident. The nation’s spirituality is shallow and cold. You can’t start a grass fire on a snow covered plain. A lot more has to happen before that’s a real possibility.

            A lot more will happen and it’ll not be to our liking. The two sides are not talking to each other. There are other groups who want nothing to do with either side. The national solution in every conflict, I repeat, in every single case, has been to fall on the side of impurity, immorality, death,, paganism and everything that is anti-rational. We have not had a law or an interpretation of a law that is pro-family, pro-common sense and in line with natural law. Perhaps someone can cite a
            ruling that is to the contrary. I can’t think of one.

            The Republic is no longer there in a form that is workable, It is permanently changed. We’re dreaming if we think that the standard modus operandi will restore America the beautiful. The cancer is ugly and terminal.

            This article gives us an option that can address urgent issues. We have strong and God fearing states and counties. Nationally we have feet of clay. God has no reservations in taking down any nation.

          • goral

            My apologies for the choppy format. It’s clean when I click Post but something happens in the process. [Editor's note: fixed]

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9013970 Fred Ferraro

        You state your desire to “restore” the constitution, but isn’t it the constitution that gives the so called ” black robed usurpers” their power as a separate yet co-equal branch of government. IF you don’t like a law or how is it interpreted then you should organize to vote in someone who agrees with you. Our system has worked for well over 200 hundred years and just because you don’t agree with some things does not mean that the country should be disolved. It’s also interesting that the majority of countries population lies with in the blue states/counties. Sure there are some big red states like Texas, but the majority of the red states have low populations. Also I think the last two elections that this artificial red/blue notions aren’t really true any more. North Carolina in the 2008 election voted Obama, as did Indiana Granted it was different in 2012 but that only proves that political ideology and views are fluid.

        • Struble

          In a word, no! The Constitution does not authorize usurpation. Neither did George Washington, who said of Constitutional revision: “let it be corrected by an amendment in the way the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed….” (Washington’s Farewell Address).

          • FJF1085

            I still do not see how they are “usurpers” when the constitution created three separate co-equal branches, the court is suppose to have the same degree of power as the congress and the executive. If you had read the federalist papers you’d see that the men who wrote the constitution considered it the role of the court to say what the law is and interpret the constitution and the various laws. As for Washington’s address, it is of course just a speech with no force of law, therefore it could not authorize anything. I think if you reread the constitution AND the federalist papers, which are critical to understand the context of the constitution, then I think you would see things differently.

            But seriously, if you don’t like the way things are done, elect someone who will do it differently. Or pressure your state legislature to press for an Article V convention.

          • Struble

            The flaw in the Constitution is that it presupposes honesty on the part of the Supreme Court. As President John Adams pointed out, it was made “for a moral and religious people.”

  • KK

    You don’t speak for me and I think you are insane. I don’t want a world controlled by religion, because there is no god, and the people who think there is can’t follow the rules anyway. Christians are closed minded bigots who want to live in fantasy. Your twisted idea of harmonious living will not work. Stop demonizing gay people, they’re not hurting anyone, you’re just paranoid and afraid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

    Exceedingly insulting comment, KK. I thought about asking the editor to delete it, but on second thought I find it heartening that KK’s ilk would despise my article. If a proposal generates such unsavory opposition, perhaps I should be reassured, i.e. stay the course and redouble my efforts.

    • goral

      Even a candle in the window. takes doing.
      For all of you who ask for prayer and revival for this nation, I’m with you.
      It’ll be my fervent plea before the Blessed Sacrament tomorrow.
      No one has prayed more fervently before and since Gethsemane than our Savior, then came the doing and everyone went for cover behind a fig tree

      Thanks for posting the KK comment, that’s our cities, schools, courthouses and media talking. They enter our holy place with shoes on.

      We let them for the same reason that we allow babies to cry in church.

      They, on the other hand, do not allow crying in their sacred places, they snuff out the babies’ cry and the baby.

      These are our blue states and counties. This is who elected the
      “prince of fools” to lord over us. There is no debate on what makes the whole body healthy.

      This is from today’s Reading – Isaiah says:

      Trust in the LORD forever!
      For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
      He humbles those in high places,
      and the lofty city he brings down;

      He tumbles it to the ground,

      levels it with the dust.
      It is trampled underfoot by the needy,
      by the footsteps of the poor.

  • Justin Kolodziej

    Have you ever read 1 Peter 2? Our ancestors in the Faith chose martyrdom over rebellion. What happened since 1520?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

      Justin: “Fear God, honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17). As per the Founders, the king of our country is the U.S. Constitution. We can honor the king by restoring the scepter to the written Constitution and renewing the Judeo-Christian culture upon which the Constitution depends. Shall we give the king honor in a downsized but upgraded republic, or continued dishonor in the current 50 State Union?

  • Neil Cadman

    Only about 2% of Americans are sodomites of which only 1 or 2% desire to marry. It is not sufficient reason to break up America. Nero was a sodomite and the Christians under him were told, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Ro 13:1-4

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

      Hitler also used Romans 13 to browbeat German Christians into submission to tyranny. This interpretation of Scripture was also put forward by British colonial governors against Americans like Sam Adams and Ben Franklin. But the “spark that ignited the American Revolution” was a sermon by Rev. Johathan Mayhew (1750), widely distributed among the Founding Fathers and well worth reading today. http://www.tell-usa.org/totl/05-Recourse%20to%20the%20Sword.htm#_ednref41

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Struble/778084217 Bob Struble

    It is worth any temporal price to have a homeland that citizens can respect and cherish, and that God can bless. [Contrast with Niel Cadman’s comment that neither SSM (nor abortion) is “sufficient reason to break up America”].

  • Corey

    I just laughed when reading some of this article and some of the comments.

  • Guest

    And Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, the dish ran away with the spoon, and Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard. I can quote nursery rhymes, too. I just don’t base my morality on them.

  • Mr.Mime

    I really hope a succession results in true separation of church and state. And theiving bankers or stupid actors face full punisment of the law and dont go off easy.

    • Struble

      “He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.” Mary’s Magnificat, Gospel of Luke, chapter 1.

  • Anastasios

    You do realize that the men who wrote the original U. S. Constitution were extremely anti-Catholic, right? Do not forget the singularly white-hot history of anti-Catholicism in this country. If you want to move to a country that supports Catholic moral values, move to Ireland. America has never belonged to this category. In fact, the Founding Fathers were VERY liberal, even left-wing, in some respects. Paine, Jefferson, Washington, the list goes on. The Puritans, of course, were anti-Catholic as a raison d’etre. So I fail to see why a Catholic would support this kind of tea-party stuff.

    • Struble

      I’ll stand with Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Decl. of Independence, and of a good Catholic family. He died in 1832,
      the last surviving member of those who signed the nation’s founding document.

      • Struble
        • goral

          Good link, Mr. Struble. I like the slogan – if you see some thing, say something. Well, we see a lot of deception and brainwashing of the populace with the scaremongering. Some of us are saying something but it’s passed off as kookiness. It’s been two yrs. since this post, and things are coming to a head much quicker than you or I would have predicted. If this article surfaces in two yrs from now, it will be fulfilled predictions. Let’s pray that it will be so, minus the bloodshed.

          • http://www.tell-usa.org Robert Struble, Jr.

            Yes, Goral, we need to pray for a miracle, but as indicated in Catherine Drinker Bowen’s MIRACLE AT PHILADELPHIA, political miracles are clearly discernible in America’s remarkable history.