This calls for a senseless and futile gesture and we’re just the ones to do it!

So, someone dragged Guy Rocha, the former state archivist, out of retirement to point out the Nevada Constitution has something called the Paramount Allegiance Clause and suggest that anyone who signs one of the frivolous secession petitions posted on a White House public relations website just might be guilty of sedition.

Apparently the website now has petitions from all 50 states, even blue ones, calling for secession in protest over federal usurpation of powers not enumerated in the Constitution.

A senseless and futile gesture

“It was a prerequisite for statehood, and the federal government may employ force to require obedience,” Rocha was quoted as saying about the Paramount Allegiance Clause.

But the story in the Review-Journal never quoted the text of that clause.

This is what it says:

“All political power is inherent in the people[.] Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it. But the Paramount Allegiance of every citizen is due to the Federal Government in the exercise of all its Constitutional powers … The Constitution of the United States confers full power on the Federal Government to maintain and Perpetuate its existance [existence], and whensoever any portion of the States, or people thereof attempt to secede from the Federal Union, or forcibly resist the Execution of its laws, the Federal Government may, by warrant of the Constitution, employ armed force in compelling obedience to its Authority.”

If those first sentences have a familiar ring it is because they are lifted in part from the Declaration of Independence, which reads:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving 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 to abolish it, and to institute new Government …”

So the Nevada Constitution says the people of the state have the God-given or natural law right to alter or reform their government to benefit the people, but we authorize the federal government to bring guns and kill us if we try. And I’ve yet to find that part of the U.S. Constitution that “confers full power on the Federal Government to maintain and Perpetuate its existance …”

This is one more example of how the state was granted statehood not on equal footing with every other state.

By reading the comments on the R-J story by people who seem to take the secession petitions seriously, satire is dead. It was killed by the fact that people believe the most outrageous things, because they’ve seen so many actually happen.

“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.”  — Johathan Swift

The website petitions have all the legal standing and weight of flatulence and amount to nothing more than a post-election effort to use the administration’s own public relations gimmick to express a senseless and futile gesture.


8 comments on “This calls for a senseless and futile gesture and we’re just the ones to do it!

  1. Steve says:

    Its not a complete waste of time, they posted the White House Beer Recipe…..

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    It’s total nonsense to speak of secession, the federal government owns most of the land in our state, Nevadam and it also owns most of the people and organizations dependent upon the largesse of the federal government. What would those living in the less than 10% of the land in private hands do, start from scratch and work towards a treaty? It took decades, over a century, to separate from England, it’s not like watching an hour watching the history of that separation on television.

  3. […] Remember those petitions to secede from the United States posted on a White House website, including two from Nevada? […]

  4. […] That reminds me of a provision in the Nevada Constitution, which was telegraphed to Washington in time for Lincoln to sign the ordinance making Nevada a state on Oct. 31, 1864. It contains a provision called the Paramount Allegiance Clause: […]

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