Individual Secession (SNC article)

The following is an article from the Southern National Congress. We don’t typically get into modern-day secession movements, but the concept of individual secession is very much a part of Confederate Colonel. Taking our children out of the public indoctrination centers (public schools) and taking our families out of “social gospel” churches and into those few churches who truly believe that The Holy Bible is the literal word of God, are two steps that anyone can do.

I should also point out that I tried to contact the SNC for specific permission to reprint this, but received no reply. In fact, I have tried to contact them at least a half dozen times over the past year or so by email and their “Contact Us” form, but have never received a reply. For all the good writing I see coming from that organization, I have no hope of them accomplishing much if they refuse to reply to those trying to help. It grieves me to see yet another opportunity for Southern advancement crumbling before it even gets started.

By a Texan currently living abroad

Some years ago I listened with keen interest to a speech by a professor from Alabama speaking about how Americans had tried “State Secession” twice. It had worked once and it had failed once. While we all look forward to the time that we might go for “the best of three”, there remain some things that one can do as an individual. They fall in the category of Individual Secession. Individual Secession comes in many flavours and the applications are as diverse as the people who implement it.

For some, it begins with taking our children out of government indoctrination centers, and arranging for private or home school solutions. That is as much an act of secession as anything else, and has been resorted to by literally millions of parents at this point. Believe me, it concerns the Central Planners, when those fertile brains are removed from their dominion. (It’s always touching to see their “concern for the children.”)

Others have walked away from churches which teach false doctrines, or left social clubs and even jobs over issues they feel are inimical to their family or the entire country. In fact, it’s an American tradition to quit when you don’t like the way things are going – to just walk away. That’s why songs like, “Take This Job and Shove It”, resonate with the American working man. Indeed, “I was lookin’ for a job when I found this one,” was a theme long before it was a song.

In 1865, and for a decade following, Southerners emigrated from the South in such numbers that it constituted one of the great migrations of Western Civilization. Much has been written of the fact that the American West draws its independent nature from Southerners who had no intention of living with the boot of Yankee occupation squarely on their neck. Most of them fled west to Texas and beyond.

Tens of thousands, however, went to different countries. Not a few went to England and Scotland. Many thousands went into Mexico. Between ten and twenty thousand went to the most famous settlement of Americana, leaving an interesting cultural impression upon the region, where ante bellum cotillions are still danced, and the most Southern accents you can imagine are still spoken by the older descendents. Most, however, returned to the US, and found their way west. The primitive conditions and foreign cultures were difficult on all, and the distance from families was not worth the price, especially when locals were not necessarily welcoming of these strange new immigrants.

Where did we all come from in the first place? There is not a single American or European (or Asian or African, for that matter), who does not descend from an immigrant at some point. We are a nation of immigrants, legality notwithstanding. And those who came, did so under conditions far more difficult than what we face today. They left family behind, without benefit of FaceBook or e-mail for daily communication. They went to a strange culture, often a strange language for a couple of major reasons – the chance to own their own land (private property) and/or the necessity to flee tyranny. (The two are often related.)

In the late 18th Century, Scottish and Irish immigrants found it so difficult to feed a family that they voted with their feet, by walking to the nearest port and booking passage to the colonies, principally to America, and later to Australia and New Zealand. The government became alarmed, shortly after the absentee landlords became alarmed, for the rents simply quit coming in. A royal commission was created to figure out what had happened to all the (formerly servile) farmers and shopkeepers.

As is so typical of governments, they immediately developed a conscience about the conditions in which those poor emigrants had to travel. (Wink, wink.)

In 1803, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Passenger Vessels Act. It was the first of many laws intended to regulate the transportation of immigrants and to protect emigrants on board ships from exploitation by transportation companies (such as exorbitant rates and consequent subjection to poor sanitary conditions). The Passenger Act required improved conditions relating to hygiene, food and comfort for passengers travelling to North America. However, this law was not always followed by transportation providers and the spread of infectious diseases such as typhus continued.

This act was established under humanitarian pretences, but the more practical and desired effect was to raise the cost of passage to prevent as many as possible from leaving. Landlords who feared the emigration of their population lobbied extensively for this piece of legislation, and where one could previously travel to Canada for £3–4, the price for the same passage was in some cases raised to £10 or more. The ability to move abroad was subsequently limited to a small class of people until it was repealed in 1826.

As one South Texan recently told me, when I asked him, what would your ancestors say, who came from Europe 150 years ago to claim this ranch and build a homeland for generations. His response was startling in its intensity. He said, “My family came here to escape government oppression and to find cheap land. I’ve had enough government meddling with my property and confiscatory taxation. I’ve found cheap land in another country. If my family lived here with me now, I guarantee you, they would be helping me pack!” He now owns a ranch in Argentina. (I asked him about the socialist government there, and he said, “It could be bad, if they were efficient, but they’re so incompetent that they practically don’t exist. I can live with it.”) Reminds me of Will Rogers’ famous quip, “I should think the last thing you want is all the government you pay for!”

Someone told me recently that 4,000 Americans a week arrive in Panama to make it their new home. Obviously, many are retirees, choosing to get better value for their dwindling dollars there than they can back home. But many of the people leaving the US these days are simply fed up, and no longer convinced that they can do a thing in the world to change things here, and willing to make the effort to start over for the sake of children and grandchildren.

All of that to say, “Things are at a head.” None of us are surprised that a crisis is coming – it’s the common core belief of a huge section of Americans today. And some are preparing creative ways to secede, right where they are. They are opting out of government systems, disappearing from the traditional and moving into alternative forms of buying and selling their goods and services. These things need a lot of discussion and development and debate. Whether it’s food production and cooperative buying, or alternative health programs, or herbal medicine, or contract labor, etc., there is a healthy underground economy out there that is (a) invisible, and (b) helping prop up the sick and dying economy.

If you decide to become an expatriate and leave the country, you’re in good company. Follow your own path, knowing you’re not the first, nor the last. (Chances are, you’ll be back.)

About Stephen Clay McGehee

Born-Again Christian, Grandfather, husband, business owner, Southerner, aspiring Southern Gentleman. Publisher of The Confederate Colonel and The Southern Agrarian blogs. President/Owner of Adjutant Workshop, Inc., Vice President - Gather The Fragments Bible Mission, Inc. (Sierra Leone, West Africa), Webmaster - Military Order of The Stars and Bars, Kentucky Colonel.
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7 Responses to Individual Secession (SNC article)

  1. Lisa Botts says:

    I attend a God fearing, true Bible believing church. While attending that church does make me feel good, it’s not because they preach and teach the feel good theology so many churches do these days. It’s because I have the assurance of my salvation and know that in spite of my sinful nature, I won’t have to suffer the punishment of the lost. I had never thought of it in light of individual secession. I have also looked at the possibility of moving to another country but when it comes down to it, I can’t bear the thought of leaving my beloved home state of Alabama. Even though things are coming to a head and the government has a stranglehold on us, I would rather stay and fight for my home by any means possible. I have an attachment to my little bit of land that a lot of people just don’t understand. It’s where I was born and raised and my roots run deep. There is truly nowhere else on earth I would rather live than here.

  2. Lisa Botts says:

    P.S. to the above post: I love my homeplace so much that I cried when we had to cut down some oak trees that were dying. The memories of playing beneath those trees was so strong that watching them being cut was almost more than I could bear.

  3. I suspect that many of us have had the same thought – seeing the grass greener on the other side of the fence (another country). I have a book on the shelf in front of me titled “Confederate Exiles in Venezuela” and there is a post here on “Os Confederados”. When we consider relocating to a less hostile environment, we need to remember that the cause is not our government. How nice it would be if that is all there was to it. The cause is the wicked, sinful nature of man. Like you, I could not stand the thought of abandoning my beloved South land. My ancestors toiled and sweated and bled and died for what we have here in The South. That is something that we cannot disregard.

    Individual secession is an important concept. Several years ago, I had a web site named Cnristian Enclave ( The whole idea behind it was individual and small group secession, although I didn’t call it that. I used the metaphor of an enclave – separation from the rest of the world.

    We’ll cover this whole topic more in another post.

  4. The follow-up post that I mentioned is now scheduled for publication on October 6. Here is a hint:

    “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
    II Corinthians 6:17

  5. albump says:

    This is an interesting concept. Costa Rica has such a large American community that there is an American Legion post and a Krogers there. However, I don’t believe that physically leaving the U.S. is the right answer. Small acts of secession, such as home schooling, are in the best interests of the family unit. Physically removing oneself from the nation and society won’t solve any problems. Culture changes with each generation, so one could possibly be facing the same problems which prompted an exodus in the first place.

    I’m as discouraged as anyone else by the state of the nation, but I believe that we have an obligation to fight to make things better. More importantly, we are called to be salt and light, and there’s no better place to be a witness than among our own people, in our own nation.

    The article rambled a bit, but I dispute it’s essential point, since we have not reached an endstate in this country, and the political and social process still works. We need to stand firm.

  6. albump,

    Right you are on all points, sir! Welcome to Confederate Colonel.

    Physically leaving is a poor choice and one that our ancestors would certainly disapprove of. They didn’t bequeath us this nation just so we could abandon it.

    Separation by the choices we make in the way we live is the best – and only – choice that I can see. If we don’t make that separation, then the rest of the world would see us as no different from them and thus we would offer nothing better than what they already have. The objective is to be separate yet visible.

    More on all this coming up in tomorrow’s post.

    Again, welcome to Confederate Colonel!

  7. Suverans2 says:

    Sadly, as is so typical, this article entitled “Individual Secession” is not about individual secession at all, but rather it is about expatriation; these are two entirely different acts.

    Secession. The act of withdrawing from membership in a group. ~ Black’s Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1351

    Expatriation. The voluntary act of abandoning or renouncing one’s country, and becoming a citizen or subject of another. Ibid. page 576

    Secession is the act of withdrawing from membership in the political corporation, it has nothing whatsoever to do with “abandoning one’s country”.

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