"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right—a right which, we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit." --Abraham Lincoln (Speech in the U.S. House of Representatives January 12, 1848)
Steve Berry prefaces his intriguing and provocative novel, The Lincoln Myth, with the above actual words of Abraham Lincoln spoken when Lincoln was a young congressman as yet untainted politically. One villain in the novel is a modern U.S. Senator who has come to a conclusion: "Reformism did not work. Elections offered no real choices, and third-party alternatives had no chance to succeed. Revolt? Revolution? The federal government would crush either. The only logical way to effect a lasting change was secession." The novel makes compelling, truly irrefutable arguments justifying secession, which all liberty lovers should study well.
Steve Berry is an internationally best-selling author whose novels radiate with long-buried historical information. He and his wife founded History Matters, a foundation which raises money to help communities preserve historical heritage. His goal in life is to not let history die.
Did the American Founding Fathers ever intend for secession to be illegal? In leading a war against secession, did Abraham Lincoln merely sell his soul to Northern political interests which made up his political base? Was the one and only Supreme Court decision upon which all subsequent secession cases have been decided, Texas vs White, nothing more than a post Civil War political expediency? Berry answers all these questions and more in his novel.
In the story, the Senator leading the secessionist movement fervently believes in the words of the Declaration of Independence: "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." (quoted by Berry in Chapter 26)
Chapter 9 of Berry's story begins with the President of the United States explaining: 'The American revolution was not a revolution at all. At no time was its goal the overthrow of the British government. None of its stated aims included conquering London and replacing the monarchy with a democracy. No. The American Revolution was a war of secession. The Declaration of Independence was a statement of secession. The United States of America was founded by secessionists."
Very much like Abraham Lincoln, the fictional U.S. President in Berry's story totally understands the moral justification for secession, but for political reasons feels he must not let it happen. The secession-minded Senator and his followers must be stopped. But....
Okay, no more about the story so it is not ruined for you.
If you want to learn about secession, its justifications and logistics, while at the same time learning something of the true story of Abraham Lincoln (different than the myths taught in public schools), while also at the same time enjoying a potpourri of little-known historical facts, this eye-opening fictional adventure might be fun for you.
The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:
You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.
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