Messing with Texas, secession is not the answer

11/13/2012 Portland, Oregon – Pop in your mints…

The nation is still digesting the election results from last week.  Followers of The Mint already know that nobody won the election.  43.9% of those eligible to vote chose not to endorse the shenanigans in Washington DC and, when the entire voting age population is considered, 48.9% of adults will have abstained from actively choosing the next Commander-in-Chief.

Given that those who voted for the candidate that took second garnered 26.9% to the victor’s 28.4%, there were bound to be some hard feelings.

Those feelings are now manifesting themselves in the form of what have been billed “Secession Petitions” which generally request that the White House “Peacefully grant the State of Texas, South Carolina, Florida, etc. to withdraw from the United States of American and create its own government.”

A sample from Idaho, which is representative of many such petitions, can be seen here:

Peacefully grant the State of Idaho to withdraw from the United States of American and create its own government

The American people certainly have a sense of humor.  Amongst the best retorts we have seen are comments along the lines of “The answer is no.  See US History 1861 – 64,” and this counter petition from the City of Austin, Texas:

Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States.

Flag of the Republic of Texas
A new generation remembers the Alamo

The Idaho petition, like many, cites the Patriot Act and NDAA as examples of the Federal Government’s restriction of Freedom.  It also eloquently quotes the part of the Declaration of Independence which states that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving from their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute a new Government…”

At The Mint, we advise our fellow taxpayers to sit back and enjoy the irony that the founding document for the United States is now being used as proof that it is time to dissolve it.   It must be said here, once and for all, that the idea of America is that all men and women are created equal, born free, and possess certain unalienable rights (amongst which social security, health care, and a common defense are nowhere to be found).  By definition, the idea of America means not being subject to an earthly sovereign.

The Government of the United States of America, circa 2012, must be understood as something completely different.

Despite the fact that the current Government seems curiously obsessed with restricting individual freedom, it is, for the most part, impotent.  For those of us who, either by virtue of proper upbringing or by attendance at the school of hard knocks, have learned to respect the freedom and property of others, there is little to fear.  Government at the Federal level has no reason to bother us, unless one deals in its currency or desires to travel, in which case it becomes a tolerable nuisance.

However, as the “sovereign” states which attempted secession 150 years ago paid a high price to teach the world, a Government that is petitioned or provoked can become deadly.  The reason for this is that the above mentioned shenanigans in Washington DC are largely a result of the over representation in the current Government and its accompanying bureaucracies of individuals who never quite learned that stealing and killing are wrong, rather, they learned that by calling them by names such as taxation and war, they could get otherwise peaceful people to go along with creating their unilateral vision of what constitutes a better world.

Fortunately for humanity, this state of affairs is quickly righting itself, as the debt laden beast in Washington appears on the verge of collapsing under the weight of its own obligations.

At The Mint, rather than sign a petition to ask something of an impotent Government which at best is incapable of granting it and at worst will see the signer as an existential threat, we advocate what we call “Individual secession,” which we define as peaceful non-resistance of the Government by choosing daily to live in the Kingdom of God.

God tried to warn the Israelites, who at the time were dealing with scandals involving their appointed judges, what would happen should they demand an earthly king:

“10 Samuel told all YHWH’s words to the people who asked him for a king. 11 He said, “This will be the way of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them as his servants, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they will run before his chariots. 12 He will appoint them to him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and he will assign some to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 He will take your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, even their best, and give them to his servants. 15 He will take one tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give it to his officers, and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants, your female servants, your best young men, and your donkeys, and assign them to his own work. 17 He will take one tenth of your flocks; and you will be his servants. 18 You will cry out in that day because of your king whom you will have chosen for yourselves; and YHWH will not answer you in that day.”

1 Samuel 8

The Israelites didn’t care, they wanted a king, no matter what the cost.  Are you desperate enough to accept the conditions laid out above?  For they haven’t changed in 3061 years.

The alternative, living in the Kingdom of God, requires recognizing the one who was crowned on a cross, forgives, and enforces the Golden Rule.

For us, the choice is simple.

Stay tuned and Trust Jesus.

Stay Fresh!

David Mint


Key Indicators for November 13, 2012

Copper Price per Lb: $3.45
Oil Price per Barrel:  $85.38
Corn Price per Bushel:  $7.23
10 Yr US Treasury Bond:  1.59%
Gold Price Per Ounce:  $1,725 THE GOLD RUSH IS ON!
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Unemployment Rate:  7.9%