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By Bill Moore

I recently had the time to read a well thought out and presented 2 part article outlining it was time to start the 2nd American Revolution. It was a well- documented and thought out treatise explaining why or what the Government has done to violate our rights and trust causing the necessity of a second American Revolution. Although I respect and believe what the author wrote as legally sufficient, I believe it is too early to start this action.

First of all we all know what a disaster this election was outside of North Carolina based on massive voter fraud. Admittedly there was some fraud in our state but it appears not to the extent it occurred in other swing states. As we look at the elections in North Carolina we find the Party did well overall. Yes we lost the Governor’s seat but we won the Lt Governors seat and took 6 of 10 Council of State Positions. In addition, we swept all the state wide races for judges. In fact the Republican Party now has a majority on 61 out of 100 County Commission s. We retained majorities in both Houses of the General Assembly.

As far as the 2022 elections, the State Party continues to expand their outreach to Trump voters and in fact it is expected to have a platform based on most if not all of Trump’s positions. The General Assembly is working on actions to improve voter integrity. As far as the rest of the nation is concerned, the Party is taking steps to limit or stop the fraud that occurred. Our State Republican Party leader has been asked to head a national task force to go to other states and help them deal with the election issues. The Election of 2022 should be a barometer as to how successful we are.

Secondly if we are prepared to take the step to start a revolution we should first be prepared to exhaust all options. The option not yet tried is a Convention of States. Convention of States is an option in the Constitution. This allows the States to call a convention separate from the Federal Government to enact changes or Amendments to the Constitution. It takes 34 states to call for the Convention. Each state legislature can send a delegation but each state only gets one vote.  A simple majority is required to pass any proposed amendments. These amendments must be approved by ¾ or 38 State Legislatures before they go into effect. The people who are against such an action believe that they cannot trust the Convention or the state legislatures to make the necessary changes. I believe that the approval of 38 legislatures out of 50 is more than enough to ensure proper action.

Either way, I believe there are several options that need to be explored prior to considering any action as severe as a second American Revolution. The author makes a compelling case for the 2nd revolution, it is just too early as every other option has not yet been explored nor attempted.


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( March 1st, 2021 @ 7:41 pm )
We already had the Second American Revolution. It was fought between 1861 and 1865 and was also known as the War Between the States. In it, the Southern states sought to uphold the limited government principles of Thomas Jefferson, but failed. What is perhaps needed now is the spirit of 1861 and secession from an overbearing central government. Perhaps the Wexit (western exit) movement in the western Canadian provinces would fit in.

I am reminded of the letter from British political philosopher Lord Acton, whose most famous quote is "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely", wrote to General Robert E. Lee in 1866 in which he stated: "Without presuming to decide the purely legal question, on which it seems evident to me from Madison's and Hamilton's papers that the Fathers of the Constitution were not agreed, I saw in State Rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy. The institutions of your Republic [the United States] have not exercised on the old world the salutary and liberating influence which ought to have belonged to them, by reason of those defects and abuses of principle which the Confederate Constitution was expressly and wisely calculated to remedy. I believed that the example of that great Reform would have blessed all the races of mankind by establishing true freedom purged of the native dangers and disorders of Republics. Therefore I deemed that you were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization; and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo"

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