More on American Citizenship
American Citizenship has been in decline since 1860. President Abraham Lincoln subverted citizenship as assumed in the Constitution. Three distinct operations in his administration led to the decline.
First, he provoked the Civil war. Our history books rewrote that momentous trauma, recording inaccurately that the votes among the southern states to secede from the United States. There was nothing in the Constitution or in the ratification process to indicate that the formation of the United States was an irrevocable action. The opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence stated rather boldly:
WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
That makes clear that any state or group of states are entitled by the laws of nature and of nature’s God to disband and form new government(s). Lincoln chose to ignore that fact, instead manipulated the South’s new government to shoot first and then declared war on them.
The second was to conduct a war of aggression on civilians as well as on the Confederate army. The army of the North intentionally and deliberately attacked civilian targets, wantonly killing noncombatants and destroying residences, businesses, farms and churches. At the president’s orders all manner of criminal conduct was committed by the North.
The third process the North perpetrated was to declare the end of slavery in the South, a policy they never employed among the Northern states until the war was over. No government has ever been judged justified in imposing laws on another government except under the cover of mutual agreement by treaty.
That three-pronged assault resulted in a permanent hostility between North and South unresolved for a hundred and seventy years and counting. Many on both sides remain hostile.