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Reboot Society: Help us, Obi Ron Kenobi, You’re our only hope!

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Like the great Obi-wan “Ben” Kenobi once said, “You can’t win Darth, Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” Well, Watch this video. If you have seen the hackjob CNN, Fox, and NBC did in turning this into a 15 second sorry attempt to make the good doctor look evil, you will know what I mean. This video shows the rest of the story.

Now that I mention it, Ron does sort of remind me of old Ben… Remember when Uncle Owen called him a hermit or a kook or something like that? Well, it  turned out he was a crucial element in bringing down the Galactic Empire. Is it Kooky to follow great, inspired ideas like the Jedi Code or the Constitution of the United States of America? Only to the evil who is scrambling to discredit them before the light is brought upon their schemes.

If we are ever going to thwart the growing empire clothed in the vestiges of our great Republic, the time is now! Whether Ron takes the Presidency or not, He has already won. His messages have reached millions of people. Sooner or later, they will realize that he has been giving us good information all this time and join the rebellion. The true principles of liberty he has brought to the attention of our unconsious masses will, in the end, be our proton torpedos aimed squarely at the vulnerable exaust port of the empire’s death star. Let us pray that it’s enough, so we do not we have to experience ALL our prosperity crumbling around us.

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Mother engaged by SWAT for refusing to medicate Daughter.

April 17, 2011 1 comment

A mother in Detroit, Maryanne Godboldo is a 56 year old African American who decided to home school her disabled daughter Ariana, who was born with a rare foot disease resulting in amputation. Upon turning 13, she came to the conclusion that she would enjoy more social exposure and Maryanne set out to enroll her in a public school. The schools in Michigan have policies, like many other states, that require all students to receive vaccinations. They do not openly advertise that there are waivers and that vaccines are, in fact not required by any law. Maryanne went ahead and got her daughter’s shots updated and took the certificate to the school.

The girl started acting strangely, according to her aunt Penny Godboldo. “She began acting out of character, getting irritated, and having vacial grimaces that have been associated with immunizations,” she told the local newspaper. The Michigan Citizen quotes penny saying “There were absolutely no mental issues untill she had the immunizations and even more with the Risperidal. Its been hell ever since.”

Maryanne, beside herself at her daughter’s new behaviors, sought help. The help she recieved was prescription medication, namely Risperdal, a powerful drug prescribed to pediatrics for schizophrenia, autistic disorder irritability or Bipolar disorder.

Wanting to do what was best for her child, Maryanne started administering the pills. Later on, She reported to family members that all of the symptoms got worse, including the behavioral issues. The girl’s father, Mubarak Hakim said that she was doing much better as she was weaned off of the medicines.

This is very easy to believe, just look at a list of a few side effects of the Risperdal: https://online.epocrates.com/u/10a1200/Risperdal

Serious Reactions

  • hypotension, severe
  • syncope
  • extrapyramidal symptoms, severe
  • tardive dyskinesia
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • hyperglycemia, severe
  • diabetes mellitus
  • seizures
  • priapism
  • stroke
  • TIA
  • QT prolongation
  • hypersensitivity rxn
  • anaphylactic rxns
  • angioedema
  • erythema multiforme
  • leukopenia
  • neutropenia
  • agranulocytosis
  • suicidality
  • hypothermia
  • hyperthermia
  • neonatal extrapyramidal sx (3rd trimester)
  • neonatal withdrawal (3rd trimester)

Common Reactions

  • somnolence
  • appetite incr.
  • fatigue
  • rhinitis
  • URI
  • nausea/vomiting
  • cough
  • urinary incontinence
  • salivation
  • constipation
  • fever
  • extrapyramidal effects
  • dystonia
  • abdominal pain
  • anxiety
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • tremor
  • rash
  • akathisia
  • dyspepsia
  • tachycardia
  • weight gain
  • visual disturbances
  • hyperprolactinemia
  • confusion
  • gynecomastia
  • photosensitivity

Very serious and risky drug there. I would not want anybody I knew taking that stuff! Look at the link for interactions/contraindications as well as many other facts about Risperdal.

Because she was weaning her daughter off of this dangerous psychiatric medication, and CPS arrived to remove the child from her care under the guise of “failure to medicate”. Obviously, Maryanne refused to hand her child over, and retreated into her house, barring the door. CPS called local police, Who attempted to kidnap the child from the care of her mother. (“Kidnap” because as Godboldo’s attourney pointed out, It appears that the police had no warrant or court orders to remove the child, Just a request from Child Protective Services, who’s documentation appears to be incomplete, and never approved  by a court.)

Upon opening the door to the residence, Police report being fired upon as they attempted to enter. They retreated and called a SWAT team. One cannot really blame her if, in fact she did fire upon the would be kidnappers breaking through her door to steal her daughter. However, whether she did or did not shoot a weapon is being debated throughout different media sources.

During the 10 hour showdown, Child protective services and Law enforcement made many false promises to con Maryanne into surrender. Neighbors, friends and family talked to her, trying to reach an agreement. Finally, upon the condition that the daughter be released to a relative, Maryanne gave up. The little girl was wisked away to Hawthorn Juvenile Center without any relatives and Maryanne arrested and charged with several felony crimes.

Here we are about a month later, Ariana is still in the custody of the Child Protective Services, despite many of her family being willing and able to take custody of her. Further, There are reports in local papers about abuse being inflicted upon her. The Godboldo family has filed legislation to get her back in their custody. Everything is moving in the right direction as I read it now.

The Government, CPS, Police or anybody besides parents has NO say in what you give your child when it comes to medication. We cannot allow ourselves to be goaded into poisoning our youth. Already are already lost by abortion, drugs and social pressures. Raising strong and moral children is one sure way to preserve our liberties and maintain a free society. Public school systems are not much better than political brainwashing. Keep an eye on what your kids are learning about and supplement it as well as you can if you cannot home school. Your children do NOT belong to the government and we have to get that through their heads. Don’t submit to Vaccines, Medications. Don’t tolerate your rights as parents to be second to the demands of the communist state. Do what YOU believe is best for your children, and don’t sell them short because of how convenient it is to pawn them off on the public schools.

I’d better relax. Little bit of ranting here! Thanks!

I referenced a few articles here are links to sites with more information.

http://michigancitizen.com/godboldos-focus-on-daughters-release-p9707-1.htm

http://www.cchrint.org/2011/03/30/charges-filed-over-girls-medications/


http://www.infowars.com/swat-attacks-home-school-mom-for-refusing-to-force-med-child/

>Homeless and drunk; starving but high: My real life encounter with a real life zombie!

March 27, 2011 1 comment

>    Yesterday I was in a Panda Express, enjoying some shrimp and rice. A disheveled looking man, maybe 50 something years old came stumbling through the door. I noticed he wasn’t quite right, but  there are strange sorts of people. He walked around, casually eyeballing the customers, most of whom didn’t pay him much mind, absorbed in their own lives. After a lap or two, he started asking if we could give him money. Now, he was very difficult to understand, and obviously under the influence, barely able to stand. I thought about buying him a meal until he started yelling obscenities at a short Asian man who appeared to be the manager of the establishment for not giving him free food. He was getting a little over aggressive and demanded to use the manager’s phone. He said it was against policy and walked away, I presumed he was going to call the sheriff’s office.
    Our unfortunate friend began incoherently mumbling and shouting intermittently at patrons, saying nobody cared if he was hungry. Well, after the display he was putting on, I sure didn’t. Luckily, he never tried to take anybody’s food, like the elderly couple who looked extremely nervous. I pondered, why would anybody make such a fool of themselves? What could possibly be the benefit of this display? Obviously he wasn’t going to get anywhere with the management except kicked out, and we, the patrons were not going to help him out now. One of the customers began talking to him in a stern voice, telling him to leave. I thought for sure this was going to provoke further aggression, but he appeared to become skittish and nervous. Pointing at the door, the man reiterated his order, and our friend began stumbling about trying to exit via the glass panel right next to the door. Finally, he figured out which one the door was and turned back with a look of despair, mumbling about how it wasn’t fair.

    Not fair, he said. Well, that guy somehow got booze, meth or crack cocaine. Something tells me the drug dealers aren’t giving that stuff out for free. Looks like this dude had some priorities, and eating wasn’t it. He could have got a 20 pound bag of rice and a beef bullion cube at Walmart for 11 dollars (probably about as much or less than he blew on booze/drugs) that very day, made a campfire with a borrowed match and sagebrush, and boiled rice in a hubcap! Instead he decided to feel like we were picking on him because we didn’t reward his poor behavior. Hope he found some sucker nicer than me to give him a meal.

>Do not let this be you. Do not let this be your Government!

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

>I guess the footage came from Pirates of the Carribian 3, never seen it, It is probably conditioning the kids that watch it that mass executions are normal and unavoidable.

NEVER let yourself get into that position and keep fighting till your last breath. You will never change anything by allowing yourself and your friends to be executed!

>Dear Honorable Congressman,

October 8, 2008 1 comment

>A friend of mine drafted this fine letter to Congress. Use it as a form, and make sure that they know what you specifically expect of them. He sent it, I sent it. They need to know what we think, Our time seems to be running out…

USPatriot556

Dear Honorable Congressman,

The time has come for the Congress to unite in arresting President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and all of their current and former advisors. All of their records and computers must be confiscated as evidence. You must act immediately.

The United States is facing a cabal military coup as evidenced by the following:

1. Posse Commitatus is nearly dead as US troops are being brought home only to patrol US citizens, contrary to every intent of the founders of this nation. (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/army_homeland_090708w/).
2. The Military Commissions Act killed Habeas Corpus.
3. The John Warner Act made President Bush a dictator.
4. The former Congresswoman from Georgia, Cynthia McKinney has publicly declared that 5,000 men were secretly executed in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina which exemplifies mass murder under a fascist regime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nc-DouFzYM).
5. Ted Gunderson, retired FBI special agent has found elements of the government involved in trafficking children as sexual slaves to pedophiles in the executive branch for three administrations. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrl5Ti35Clk).
6. We have been lead into two wars with lies and Osama bin Laden has never been formerly charged by our government for lack of evidence though the Taliban had him in custody and was willing to turn him over if evidence was produced.
7. There are limitless problems with the official explanations of the events of 9/11 and 50,000 Ground Zero workers are ill and dying. (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3719259008768610598).
8. 4 trillion dollars have disappeared from our government with no accounting and almost all of it disappeared from the Department of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld. (http://solari.com/archive/missing_money/ ).
9. Chemicals are used illegally to spray metals and polyfibers over our heads to combat the fraudulent theory of global warming leading to many illnesses and destroying the very habitats they claim to protect. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wye2YWRohT4 ).
10. President Bush refused to reveal the Continuity of Government Plans to Congress in which his plans to wage war against the American people are laid out and Rep. DeFazio of the Homeland Security committee has declared that there is a conspiracy in our midst. http://www.naturalnews.com/022170.html
11. Congress has awarded monies to Halliburton’s subsidiary KBR to refurbish and build concentration and detention camps for US citizens which can no be detained without charges under these new laws. This was revealed by former Congressman Dan Hamburg and reported in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/04/ED5OUPQJ7.DTL
12. Nevada must reject all of the money of Homeland Security which is being used to turn state law enforcers against our citizens.
13. The definition of a terrorist has been broadened to include anyone who expresses dissenting opinion such as myself as though government were God and infallible.
14. Finally, our finances are now in the hands of a financial dictator though of no relief to our real economy and all at the behest of our President who said everything in an effort to create a panic and force Congress against its will including threatening martial law. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/22/dirty-secret-of-the-bailo_n_128294.html and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaG9d_4zij8

That ought to be the last straw the American people are called to bear from this aspiring dictatorial cabal whose puppet master has been shown to be the international banking community.

The actions passed through your Congress have assisted in trampling our liberties and made possible the war by the Army against US citizens. Congress has been no less than cowardly and corrupt in our cause and warrants its low ratings. This cowardice and lack of patriotism show it to be saturated with corporate prostitutes who refuse to prosecute the very Wall Street barons whom they have serviced. Showy hearings and hand slaps against these barons do nothing to return the economy they have assisted in handing to socialist takeover and for which they have been awarded golden parachutes in destroying their own companies.

Again, every current and former member of the current administration must be questioned by Congress and all of their records confiscated. Congress has been threatened with martial law over the bailout bill. Our federal attorney’s must act now to arrest the President and Vice President. Stop the coup before it is too late. All the signs of a fascist coup are in place now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XgkeTanCGI
Naomi Wolf is the New York Times best selling author of The End of America. She outlines the historically establish ten steps to fascism which have occurred in many countries and President Bush is fulfilling them all in the United States.

Jim Marrs, New York Times best selling author of The Rise of the Fourth Reich outlines how President Bush is the grandson of George Walker and Prescott Bush who were both treasonous American businessmen among many who sympathized with the Nazis and financed their cause leading to the deaths of millions. President Bush’s eight years in office have been a perfectly insidious testimony of his dedication to the fulfillment of the Nazi socialist agenda of his forebears with the United States as the Fourth Reich.

President George W. Bush is a member of the secret society Skulls and Bones as well as the secret Bohemian Club. One declares allegiance to Satan and the other worships Molech, an ancient Babylonian deity to which people sacrificed their live newborn children. President Bush poses as a Christian family man, but he is likely neither a Christian nor an honorable family man if he follows the values of his secret societies.

Arrest President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney before this cabal’s coup is complete and the rule of law is gone from the US. You have the weight of my full support and physical protection as a natural person with inalienable natural rights. Please, be a Patriot and not a coward. I say this with sorrow.

We as citizens have a window of opportunity to save our Constitution, but we must act now. I would prefer not to suffer or be consigned to an American gulag, but if that is the requisite sacrifice to save our nation then I hope you will join me in fighting this desperate grasp of tyranny.

In Liberty,

>Quit the NATO club

September 18, 2008 Leave a comment

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This was also from lewrockwell.com. Very good article!


Following WWII, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Treaty (NATO), was established in 1949 for the collective defense – Wait, hold on a minute. Isn’t collective a term the Communists use? More on that later. Anyway, NATO was established for the purpose, as NATO’s first secretary General Lord Ismay summed up, “to keep the Russians out, the American’s in, and the Germans down.” That the USSR posed a serious threat to the security of Western Europe, there was no question – That Europe wanted America to become point man for their defense against the USSR was merely a continuation of Churchill’s political machinations to draw an isolationist US into WWII and European politics. Add two world wars with Germany, and Europe gets an additional bonus by having the US stationed in bases in Germany to disabuse them of any ideas of having another go at conquering the continent.

Through the 1950’s up to the late 1980’s, NATO and the USSR stood glaring at each other across the Iron Curtain. Dreams of an epic armor battle at the Fulda Gap between the Warsaw Pact and NATO forces that would make the tank battle at Kursk look like a piker filled the heads of armchair wargamers and inspired books like Red Storm Rising. Then, gosh darn it, Gorbachev’s Glasnost herald a new era of open politics in Soviet Union. Some electrician named Lech Walesa was giving the Communist party in Poland fits with organized strikes. Suddenly in 1989, East Germany takes down the Iron Curtain. The cold war thaws into a hopeful spring. What was NATO going to do with all those tanks, planes, and troops? Worse, what were the generals going to do to keep their jobs? No enemies to fight, and the politicians were promising a peace dividend to citizens by closing military bases. The common quip of the Berliners in the last days of WWII of “Enjoy the war. The peace will be terrible” now seemed a reality for poor NATO. Without a combat command, military career advancement would come to a standstill. Without the need to maintain ongoing weapon superiority, the military industry would lay off employees. There goes the economy. Desperate, NATO takes a cue from the movie of Canadian Bacon, and becomes involved in the ethnic strife in Yugoslavia between the Croats and the Serbs to look useful and from being disbanded. It becomes the strong arm of the UN, enforcing that august body’s no-fly zone mandate, as well as the UN’s arms and economic sanctions. NATO continued by initiating air strikes in Bosnia, and deploying a peacekeeping force on the ground. NATO finds a use for its leftover cold war ordinance collecting dust by mounting an 11-week bombing campaign. NATO cleverly names the bombing sorties with various titles such as Operation Deliberate Force, so as to assure people that the bombs were not dropped by accident, or Operation Allied Force, in case someone doesn’t already know that NATO is a collective (there’s that Communist word again!) of various nations working together to enforce the peace by killing people. What is strange about the working relationship of NATO and UN is that the former resists attempts to by the latter to have the final word regarding its military actions. The UN would say, “Don’t bomb, we have things under control,” and NATO would reply. “Yes we will bomb, just to make sure.” I guess when you have one organization whose mission is to preserve peace, and another whose job is to break things to protect democracy, you are bound to have some philosophical differences. As the Good Book says, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” How any nation can belong to both organizations, and yet come to cross-proposes deciding if and who should be bombed, is beyond me. Sounds like one of them is unnecessary and is getting in the way of the other. Better yet, to be on the safe side, it might be best to get rid of both. But that’s just my opinion.

But local European ethnic conflicts were not enough to justify the overhead cost of a coalition as large as NATO. Fortunately, 9/11 happened just in the nick of time. In 2003 NATO was reorganized so as to take over the duties International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. This would set the precedent for NATO to entertain missions outside its North Atlantic backyard. Plenty of opportunities to keep business as usual for NATO. But while NATO enjoys a good brush war like anyone else to keep the military industrial complex economy running, the real action is found in the defensive missiles gig. Never mind there is yet a practical missile made that can hit the broadside of the proverbial barn, much less a ICBM coming in from the stratosphere, this is were the big money is. Plus, it has the biggest boogieman fear component to inspire the civilians to work harder to pay taxes. Scaring citizens with images of mechanized armies invading your neighborhood is so passé – To really play on the sheeple’s paranoia, talk about the possibility of rogue missile attacks launched from middle-eastern countries such as Iran. Even hint darkly about a resurgent Russia, with Putin desiring to push the big red button. Never mind that Putin enjoys Russia’s prosperity with capitalism with Europe as customer. He wouldn’t dream of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs by nuking western Europe into glass parking lot. Bad for business, you know.

NATO’s reinventing itself is so successful that many of the former Soviet Bloc countries are applying for membership. Little Georgia has little to offer to NATO, other than to instigate hostilities with neighboring Ossetia. No doubt NATO was upset that Georgia did not wait after it was initiated into its club, so NATO could get into the act and justify its military budget by using mean old Russia as an excuse. Besides, how dare the Russians come to the aid of Ossetia when it was attacked by Georgia! That’s NATO job! If its one thing an organization hates, it’s someone else cutting in on the action.

In a recent interview by ABC’s Charles Gibson, Sarah Palin condemned Russia’s invasion of Georgia as quote-unquote, “unprovoked.” Which of course, is a lie. Palin favors the inclusion of both Georgia and the Ukraine into NATO because they had demonstrated actions as being “democratic” When Gibson asked: “and under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?” She replied “Perhaps.” Which is another way of saying all options are on the table. Her fervor revealed later in the interview to come to the aid of “smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power” would have sounded noble if we were not already a larger power that had invaded a smaller country that had done nothing against us. But the difference of course, is Iraq is not a “democratic” one, so the US is excused where Russia is not. Palin stresses the importance of not reverting back to a cold war status, yet advocates economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Russia that are the equivalent of creating one. NATO could not have asked for a better lobbyist that Palin to cheerlead for its continued existence

Palin and others ongoing support to a collectivist (there its that word again!) defense organization as NATO reminds me of new inmates who are obliged to join a gang in order to survive in prison – Doesn’t matter what crimes you or they have committed, the thing is the colors you wear define who are your friends, and who are your enemies. So much for the rugged individualism that once was the hallmark of America’s legacy.

I find it ironic that the people who are opposed with our association in the UN are just as tenacious in insisting that we must stay in NATO. That we must honor our commitments and treaties by continuing to belong to a collective defense organization. All for the sake of defending democracy, which is a method of government, not a moral definition of who is the good guy, and who is the villian. Many still think that poor Europe is too weak to defend itself should Russia aspire to conquer Western Europe. Never mind that with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia does not have near the manpower and hardware it formerly had with the Warsaw Pact.

Everyone is still thinking with a 1980’s cold war mindset. Worse, these people cannot see that NATO is little different than the UN – except it does not use white-painted armored vehicles and blue helmets, and is more likely to shoot first and then ask questions later. America needs to get out of the NATO club and stop being a club for NATO. NATO’s original purpose has been made obsolete by the fall of the USSR. It is a holdover of the same treaties, the “scrap of paper” signed by old men in Europe who offered their young people and treasure as collateral for the “honor” to defend each other’s decadent empires. By contractual reflex France, Britain, and Russia were led into disastrous world war with Germany in 1914, over the assassination of an Austrian archduke by a radical Serb. After three years of callously spending the lives and limbs an entire generation of their best young men by sending them in frontal attacks against machine guns with bayonets, they looked to America for fresh cannon fodder to rescue them for their folly – and Wilson provided it in the name of “making democracy safe for the world.” That any reprobate country can gain political legitimacy by declaring being a “democracy” and be admitted into the NATO club is akin to putting lipstick on a pig, if I may use a cliché that is presently in vogue. Spilling the blood of our soldiers and depleting our treasure in the defense such countries that wear such false garb is a sucker’s game. America should follow the example of Groucho Marx, treating any club that would invite them as a member suspect, and not worth belonging to.

September 16, 2008

>Secession and slavery.

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

>Took this from www.lewrockwell.com, think about it and enjoy!

Secession and Slavery

by Scott McPherson

An interesting commentary, “Lincoln, Secession, and Slavery” by Tibor Machan, published by the Cato Institute on June 1, 2002, was recently brought to my attention. I should say at the outset that I have long been a fan of Machan, and have the utmost respect for his positions. I just think he got it way wrong here.

Machan writes that the secession of the Southern states was ultimately an illegitimate act because “there is that undeniable evil of slavery.” Despite Lincoln’s own racist views, he was allegedly acting in the interests of the slaves, who were “unwilling third parties” to the secession, and therefore was “a good American” for destroying the Confederacy and slavery.

According to Machan,

[W]hen one considers that the citizens of the union who intended to go their own way were, in effect, kidnapping millions of people – most of whom would rather have stayed with the union that held out some hope for their eventual liberation – the idea of secession no longer seems so innocent. And regardless of Lincoln’s motives – however tyrannical his aspirations or ambitious – when slavery is factored in, it is doubtful that one can justify secession by the southern states.

So we can safely ignore Lincoln’s motives – “however tyrannical” [!] – because the motives of the “Southern rebels” were allegedly worse?

“[S]omething had to be done about [slavery],” writes Machan. “And to ask the slaves to wait until the rest of the people slowly undertook to change the Constitution seems obscene.” Machan acknowledges that the offending action was legal under the Constitution, but advocates and cheers an illegal and aggressive policy to rectify it because the normal, slow processes of constitutional change “seem obscene.”

Doesn’t that sound familiar?

In a habeas corpus proceeding in 1771, Lord Mansfield, Chief Justice of the King’s Bench, ordered the release of a slave named James Sommersett who had accompanied his master on a trip to England. Mansfield reasoned that while slavery was legal elsewhere, England had no law “so odious.” Nevertheless, it would be almost 40 more years before the slave trade was abolished in the rest of the British Empire, and slavery was not outlawed altogether until 1833.

Great Britain’s slaves were very much expected to “wait … to change the Constitution.” Yet, slow as it came, change did come.

Following the wisdom of the Magna Carta reissued by King Henry III in 1225, which promised the benefits of legal custom to promote freedom, serfdom was eroded and eventually abolished completely over the course of 600 years by English courts.

On this foundation, Lord Mansfield took the same approach to slavery, stating that “Whatever inconveniences, therefore, may follow from the decision, I cannot say [slavery] is allowed or approved by the law of England; and, therefore, the black must be discharged.” With this ruling James Sommersett walked away a free man, as did other slaves held in bondage in England at that time. But, as stated above, this was only the beginning of the change. It would take sixty-two more years for England’s domains to be completely rid of the scourge.

The American colonies, and later the U.S. states, were following the same path. Throughout the 18th century, attempts were made by colonial legislatures to limit slavery and the slave trade. The obstruction of these laws by the King and Parliament were among the grievances of the colonists.

After the Revolution, the Northern states gradually began abolishing slavery. In the South, where slavery was much more entrenched, the process was moving more slowly. But it was moving. Major reforms to slavery were debated in the Virginia legislature in 1830. More important, throughout the first half of the 19th century Southern courts were chipping away at the evil institution – just as English courts and legislators had chipped away at villeinage and slavery. Moreover, by allowing the Southern states to secede, the United States could have accelerated the demise of slavery by providing a haven for runaway slaves.

However, this isn’t good enough for Machan. To ask slaves to wait would have been “obscene.” So the obscenity of hundreds of thousands of dead Americans – whites and blacks alike – as well as the total undermining of our constitutional Republic and the horrible destruction of war is somehow justified.

According to Machan, the Southern states could not legitimately secede because they were taking along “hostages” who would have preferred to stay in a “union that held out some hope for their eventual liberation.” Yet it is clear that “eventual liberation” was already on its way.

Machan has backed himself into a difficult corner here. If liberation was coming too slowly, then what about the those slaves who would have preferred the presumably quicker liberation that was coming under the British government but who were nonetheless swept away as hostages to the American Revolution? If, as Machan states, “secession cannot be justified if it is combined with the evil of imposing the act on unwilling third parties,” then wouldn’t Lord Mansfield’s ruling, coming 5 years before the Declaration of Independence, mean that American independence in 1776 could not be justified either?

September 13, 2008