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Deo Vindice Newsletter No. 10.10

From: Steve W.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:23 PM

Deo Vindice  

Volume 10, Number 10                                          Essays in Truth                                                               October 2011 

Welcome to the Florida League of the South


Why Did the South Secede?

Today, many insist that everyone knows the South seceded 150 years ago to preserve the institution of slavery. However, contrary to that popular opinion, Southerners saw secession as the only means of escaping economic and political domination by the industrial and commercial North. Here are a few historical quotes for you to consider. The first two are from the Declaration of Causes from Georgia and Texas:


The material prosperity of the North was greatly dependent on the Federal Government; that of the South not at all. In the first years of the Republic the navigating, commercial, and manufacturing interests of the North began to seek profit and aggrandizement at the expense of the agricultural interests. Even the owners of fishing smacks sought and obtained bounties for pursuing their own business (which yet continue), and $500,000 is now paid them annually out of the Treasury. The navigating interests begged for protection against foreign shipbuilders and against competition in the coasting trade. Congress granted both requests, and by prohibitory acts gave an absolute monopoly of this business to each of their interests, which they enjoy without diminution to this day. Not content with these great and unjust advantages, they have sought to throw the legitimate burden of their business as much as possible upon the public; they have succeeded in throwing the cost of light-houses, buoys, and the maintenance of their seamen upon the Treasury, and the Government now pays above $2,000,000 annually for the support of these objects. Theses interests, in connection with the commercial and manufacturing classes, have also succeeded, by means of subventions to mail steamers and the reduction in postage, in relieving their business from the payment of about $7,000,000 annually, throwing it upon the public Treasury under the name of postal deficiency. The manufacturing interests entered into the same struggle early, and has clamored steadily for Government bounties and special favors. This interest was confined mainly to the Eastern and Middle non-slave-holding States. Wielding these great States it held great power and influence, and its demands were in full proportion to its power. The manufacturers and miners wisely based their demands upon special facts and reasons rather than upon general principles, and thereby mollified much of the opposition of the opposing interest. They pleaded in their favor the infancy of their business in this country, the scarcity of labor and capital, the hostile legislation of other countries toward them, the great necessity of their fabrics in the time of war, and the necessity of high duties to pay the debt incurred in our war for independence. These reasons prevailed, and they received for many years enormous bounties by the general acquiescence of the whole country.


They have impoverished the slave-holding States by unequal and partial legislation, thereby enriching themselves by draining our substance.

And in North Carolina, it's clear slavery was hardly the determining issue. As that rabidly pro-Southern paper, the New York Times, has pointed out:

"Arguments about secession in the Upper South were not, however, arguments about slavery. Conservatives and secessionists defended slavery through different methods. In North Carolina, as in much of the Upper South, Unionists believed the nation the best, perhaps only, safeguard for slavery. On the evening after the vote, hearing secessionists fire a hundred-gun salute at the state capitol, Badger called the sound “the death knell of slavery.”

In fact, North Carolina considered secession and rejected it. But when Lincoln called for the State militias to invade the seceding States, many finally realized that a Union held together by conquest was the enemy of liberty. North Carolina's Zebulon Vance, a Unionist, was addressing a crowd, raising his arm high over his head as he argued for "peace and the Union of our Fathers” when someone handed him news of Lincoln’s call for troops. “When my hand came down,” he wrote, “it fell slowly and sadly by the side of a secessionist."

And Vance was right. The supremacy of the central government was established by force and fraud. That's why today we have a Chief Executive who can secretly order the execution of an American citizen without a trial (a precedent set by Lincoln himself), or unilaterally declare war. It's also why we have an irresponsible central government ruling over us through Cabinet Departments, High Level Political “Czars” and Executive Orders.that can mandate demographic revolution, or vote us into permanent servitude through deficit spending.

And that is why so many are reconsidering secession today.

Thanks to Mike Tuggle of North Carolina for the inspiration

Our Take On the Occupy Wall Street Movement

From the League of the South News Service 

The League of the South, the primary Southern nationalist organization, has watched the Occupy Wall Street movement for a month now with some interest. We have even been asked to participate in some of the protests in cities across the South.

However, we have politely declined. And here's why, according to League President Michael Hill: "Though we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Wall Street banksters are crooks, we have no interest in either occupying Wall Street or reforming it. Simply put, we want to leave it behind, along with every other corrupt institution of the American empire, and work to create a free and independent Southern republic. That is our solution. We encourage the Southern people to embrace it."

’Primal Scream’ - Kudos from “The Hill”
By Bernie Quigley

We should be in a season of celebration. Three of the Republican candidates for president, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman, are of the highest caliber, on a level we have barely seen in the post-war period. But interest is lukewarm. And the mainstream yearns for the family member of a former president, one not particularly distinguished; a monarchist yearning. Or Herman Cain. It has been like this for a while: Obama, Hillary, Mike Huckabee, W. Bush, Al Gore and others should be seen as history's passing fancy, yet in our time they rise to the top. This is a crisis of leadership and authority coming to its most critical moment. If we fail again this time, this time the country will fall apart.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank notes that in the recent debate in Nevada, Jon Huntsman, “governor, ambassador, the man who in a normal political environment would be the most qualified and formidable candidate in the race, wasn’t even on the stage.” And he is right when he says: “A system that rejects a Jon Huntsman in favor of a Herman Cain isn’t a primary process. It is a primal scream.”

What went wrong? Everything. There is something wrong with everything: the government, the press, the people.

I’ve been following this descent since Bill Clinton’s Elvis caricature followed in his inauguration parade. It was all good fun, no? A president with the moral overview of the hunka-hunka burnin’ love himself. Maybe not. At the beginning of the Clinton presidency I felt we had turned the corner and entered the vestry of the place of no return. I wasn’t alone. It was then that alternative government, secession and regional thinking began. It began with the League of the South and, in New England, the New England Confederation. The idea cross-cultured and took steam in the Bush administration and took off in Obama’s moment. There are now dozens of states’-rights and sovereignty movements across the continent. And the so-called "Occupy" movement resembles the Pirandello play in which the actors are in search of an author.

They could very well find them in authors like Thomas Woods, or at Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch or at the 10th Amendment Center, a Petri dish for brilliant new constitutional thinking. And if the grown-ups don’t get it right this time, they may find no other options.

Studies in Constitutions
You be the judge

The Confederate States of America, politically established in 1861, was neither simply an historic accident initiated by radicals attempting to prolong the life of an anachronistic system of labor nor the product of "fire-eating" political opportunists seeking personal aggrandizement at the expense of their fellow citizens.  Though these factors had some measure of impact, in the final analysis the Confederate States of America was the consequence of a constitutional crisis, the origins of which could be traced back to the United States Constitution of 1789.

By studying their Constitution, it will become irresistibly evident, that the Confederate States of America was premised upon principles dating back to the American Antifederalists of the constitutional convention. This is to say neither that the Confederate framers were opposed to all aspects of the political doctrine of the Federalists nor that they favored a return to the Federal arrangement under the Articles of Confederation. The primary concern of the Confederate framers was the centralization of political power at the national level to the detriment of the states; it was this centralization inherent in the political principles of the Federalists, which they rejected. Consequently, the Southern Constitution intentionally reinvigorated the states with the spirit of the Tenth Amendment's reserved-powers provision as interpreted by its Antifederalist sponsors. Such a reinstatement of conservative principles, they were convinced, was necessary to secure "government of, by, and for the people".

Consider the comparison below in light of increasing U.S. Federal court interventions over the last forty or so years.

U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, Clause 5

The House of Representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment

C.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, Clause 5

The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other officers; and shall have the sole power of impeachment; except that any judicial or other Federal officer, resident and acting solely within the limits of any State, may be impeached by a vote of two-thirds of both branches of the Legislature thereof. (emphasis ours)

In the final analysis, impeaching Confederate officials from the state and the implied right of secession were the ultimate guarantees of state sovereignty in the constitutional areas of civil liberties and rights, because in the event that Federal relations went sour in these areas, a state (or states) could impeach over-zealous Confederate officials, for example, activist judges, or withdraw from the Confederacy altogether. For example, if a federal judge general decided to show no deference to the states, perhaps rationalizing that his view of the Constitution should prevail at the expense of state sovereignty, or a federal attorney general deciding that the contingencies of war necessitated a dominant Confederate government, a state could constitutionally negate the policies of the C.S.A. government by exercising its sovereignty through one of several options. Any state could initiate the impeachment of pertinent Confederate officials within its jurisdiction; any three states could initiate a constitutional convention; and any state could secede from the Confederacy. None of these options would have been unconstitutional remedies.

Without question, the C.S.A. Constitution defers to the states the defining and defense of the civil liberties and rights of their respective citizens. Furthermore, the C.S.A. declaration of rights is applicable to the Confederate government rather than to Confederate and state governments (unless specifically stated); the states delimit the rights and liberties of their inhabitants respectively, an important function of a sovereign state and consistent with the Confederate commitment that the states constitute distinct sovereign entities capable of judicious government.

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Is Federal Reform Possible?

While the peoples’ initiative to attempt to “reform” the system and return to the principles of our Founding Fathers and constitutional law is admirable, it is painfully clear that after many generations using valuable time moaning, groaning, fussing and complaining about the leaders in Washington D.C., even electing so-called conservatives here and there, reform is just not possible. It cannot be done at this stage in the game. The people are addicted to political Whack-A-Mole, and it's very contagious.  For decades it’s been spreading throughout the land.

Not only has the Constitution failed at the national level, but also at the individual level. The common law rights, which the federal Bill of Rights aimed to protect, have been eroded or abrogated, and what rights remain live on in mortal peril.  Our efforts at liberty, freedom and self-rule are stymied at every turn by federal legislation, regulation and politically correct commandments.

The creature has been exalted above its creators; the principals have been made subordinate to the agent appointed by themselves with no end in sight 

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Reliving Florida's Past

OCTOBER  2   1672   Ground breaking ceremonies are held in St. Augustine for the construction of a coquina fortress capable of withstanding attacks from British colonists in Carolina.    The fort still stands today as a monument to the patriots of Florida's past.

OCTOBER  3   1802    John Gorrie, the acknowledged inventor of air conditioning, was born today.  Gorrie, a physician, was born in Charleston, SC. and later settled in Apalachicola, Florida.  The idea for artificially cooling air in limited spaces was recognized by the U.S. Patent office when it granted him Patent Number 8080 on May 6, 1851.

A statue of John Gorrie was placed in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, DC, in 1914.  Gorrie is one of two Floridians thus honored.

OCTOBER  5   1862   The City of Jacksonville was occupied today by Federal forces.  The city is practically deserted.  Union pickets encountered Confederate cavalry two miles east of the city.  Confederate units are camped about 12 miles west of Jacksonville.

OCTOBER  6   1862   Floridians are voting today for state offices (Senate and House of Representatives) under the new Confederate Constitution of Florida.

OCTOBER  7   1763    On this date, British Florida was divided into East Florida and West Florida by Royal Proclamation.  The dividing line was the Chattahoochee-Apalachicola River.

OCTOBER  27  1912   Today the Cohen Brothers, operators of Jacksonville's oldest department store (founded in 1867), opened a "block square" store in the St. James Building facing Hemming Park.  Today, this building is the site of the Jacksonville City Hall.

OCTOBER  27  1834   A Seminole Council was held today at Fort King (Ocala).  Osceola, Micanopy and other chiefs expressed strong hostility to the policy of removal to lands west of the Mississippi River.

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