NEW PARTY RISES OUT OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG DEBATE …
Undertaken the right way, we believe it is an increasingly viable option for the preservation of life, liberty and prosperity in a region of the country which has all the tools to succeed … yet which continues to be held back by government at all levels.
“There comes a moment in the evolution of every free society when its intellectually curious element (or what’s left of it) must take inventory of the governments representing it at all levels,” we wrote two summers ago. “For those who live in South Carolina, that’s an exceedingly grim outlook.”
And this outlook has only gotten grimmer in the intervening years …
Of course as we noted back in November of 2012, “secession has to be the beginning of a plan, it can’t be the plan itself.”
“Secession would have to be accompanied by the complete dissolution of South Carolina’s infinitely corrupt state government (and its banana republic municipalities, too),” we wrote at the time. “Second, a new form of government replacing these rotten edifices would have to be drawn up. This is especially critical given South Carolina’s status as one of the most backward, underperforming states in America – as well as the racial stigma that lingers from its prior attempt to secede.”
In other words there is a right way – and a wrong way – to approach this issue.
Down in Charleston, S.C. last week, a “new secessionist” named Tyler Bessenger strolled into the offices of The (Charleston, S.C.) City Paper to lay out his thoughts on the issue.
A 26-year-old native of Florence, S.C., Bessenger “sported a South Carolina ball cap and bore tattoos on his forearms of the Ron Paul ‘Revolution’ and ‘Coexist’ logos,” according to reporter Paul Bowers.
After laying out some pretty rational thoughts regarding the surface divisions (a.k.a. false narratives) driving the debate in our country, Bessenger proceeded to dive into the Confederate flag issue – saying the S.C. General Assembly’s vote to remove the banner from the S.C. State House is what got his movement going.
“It got people’s dander up, and every movement needs a little of that,” he told Bowers.
Dander? Oh brother …
Bessenger also said his new party – the S.C. Secessionist Party – had adopted the Confederate-era South Carolina Sovereignty flag as its banner. And if all that weren’t enough, he says he’s related to the late barbecue magnate Maurice Bessinger, a staunch segregationist.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The only way secession will ever be taken seriously – or undertaken successfully – is if the ideals it advances are universally accessible. And if the movement advancing those ideals is also available to all comers.
Seriously … it’s not as if the federal government (or the nation’s first black president) is doing anything to materially improve the lives of black citizens. In fact the opposite is true. Why, then, would a movement which seeks to remove this yoke turn away potential converts – on any basis?
We don’t get it …
Secession is a legitimate idea. But it will never be viewed as such until the racial stigma rightly associated with its first incarnation is replaced by a genuine populist movement impervious to surface divisions and focused exclusively on the advancement of individual freedom and free markets for all.