SOUTH CAROLINA PLANS TO SECEDE IF FEDS COME FOR GUNS
As much as crazy new things seem to be happening in American politics, what’s old is new again. Or is it history repeating itself? But this time, the focus in on South Carolina politicians who are forcing us to look back before we can look forward again. South Carolina is no stranger when it comes to resenting the federal government. So maybe it comes as no surprise at the state legislature’s latest histrionics. South Carolina lawmakers are crafting a bill that would require the legislature to consider secession. Again. But this time it’s about gun rights and issues of possession. Like so much else these days, the 2nd Amendment might as well be from the Bible. These folks consider it to be the most important part of the constitution. They hope to secede from the Union as a historic statement.
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The money quote from the legislative procedure is that South Carolina’s legislature would “convene to consider whether to secede from the United States based upon the federal government’s unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment … if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this state.” So far, the bill is simply listed as being in the state’s House Judiciary Committee. While this is likely just a gesture, it’s a disturbing one. It seems unlikely that the bill would become a law. But then again, there are known neo-Nazis aligned with the current President Trump. So who knows what’s really possible?
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SOUTH CAROLINA SECEDED BEFORE OVER PROPERTY RIGHTS, THEY WERE SLAVES
But this is a reminder to the Union about South Carolina and its history as a member state. Of the eleven states to secede when the Civil War began, South Carolina was the very first. Just after President Lincoln was elected President in 1860, South Carolina made its vote to leave the Union. Five states did the same in the first month of 1861. Yet another in February. That was the creation of the Confederate States of America. Other states joined as well when the was itself began. But again, it’s all about property. It was about property in 1860. Slaves, to be precise. Now it’s about 2nd Amendment property: guns. Here we go again. It’s like deja vu, all over again.