Just how viable is Missouri sovereignty / secession? Could it be much more plausible than years of political indoctrination and blathering establishment big-shots (both on the local and Federal level) have instructed us to think?
For one, with all the talk of State’s Rights, State Sovereignty, and State Secession – we’ve heard plenty of foamy-mouthed “Unconditional Unionist” naysayers who believe that the movement could only be from the gates of Hades itself. But what a lot of these folks miss is that State Sovereignty or Secession is a desire to peaceably obtain self-determination for our people. Let’s be real. The people of Missouri (or any other state) aren’t “breaking away” from the American people. Rather, in order to fully utilize the talents and leadership of individuals who would represent their own people – with their own long-standing State Constitutions and Governmental systems in place – they’re simply withdrawing from the broken leviathan of Federal Government.
And let’s not forget one important thing: Self Determination is purposefully and clearly stated in the Missouri Constitution! Right after the Preamble’s statement of “profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe”, the Bill of Rights lays the foundation for the rest of the document: That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole. (Art. I § 1)
The Kentucky Resolution of 1798 (by Thomas Jefferson) also supports state’s rights: “That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force…“
An Overview of Missouri Sovereignty Issues:
What about Federal Land in Missouri? National Atlas. Gov is a website that allows the user to view all federal lands within Missouri (or any other state). Clearly there’s a fair amount of Federally owned land in the State (DOD, National Park Service, and National Forest), and a State Sovereignty/Secession committee would need to determine how to peacefully resolve this important issue. Perhaps, through diplomatic discourse and the serious economic burden the Federal Government is currently under, such land could be bought from the Federal Government, returned to Native Americans, private ownership, or placed under the State Park system.
What about the Interstate System? Missouri has 17 interstate routes, which total 1,180 miles. They include: I-29, I-35, I-44, I-55, I-57, I-64, I-70, I-72, I-155, I-170, I-229, I-255, I-270, I-435, I-470, I-635, I-670. Obviously, Missouri State Sovereignty would not change the status of these interstate roads, as Missouri would continue in her peaceful, cooperative relationships with the states as we always have. But while there is still the question of Federal interest in these Interstate roads – there’s an interesting twist. Due to overwhelming costs associated with an interstate system, I-70 (an important pipeline through Missouri) is being discussed as a public/private entity controlled toll road. Such a project is promised to deliver thousands of jobs, and stimulate the Missouri economy. Could it be conceivable to look at the other interstate roads in this manner?
Also, some of the older folks amongst us may recall the Jefferson Highway – which was a grand and bold dream of highway construction in the early years of the 20th century. The project showed that cities and states could work together without Federal interference, and construct the first north-south transcontinental highway built in the U.S. Conceived by E.T. Meredith to honor Thomas Jefferson and the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, it began in 1915 and lasted until 1928 when the federal government adopted a formal system of numbered highways. Today it is U.S. Highway 71. See a map of the highway here.
Could Missouri Infrastructure Support Sovereignty? Very likely, Yes. For instance, in regards to meeting the electrical needs of Missourians, Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of local, member-owned electric cooperatives serving primarily rural customers (members) in 46 states. The rural electric cooperatives now represent the largest electric utility network in the U.S., serving some 75 percent of the U.S. land mass over 2.4 million miles of power lines delivering electricity to more than 30 million members each day.
As for clean water, we can look to the example of the City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department. Drinking water and wastewater services are funded by user fees charged to customers based upon their use of the product or services. No general tax fund revenues are used. Stormwater services are funded by user fees and stormwater capital projects are partially funded by the Public Improvement Advisory Committee sales tax.
How about law-enforcement? In the November 6 election, Missouri residents overwhelmingly voted to return control of the St. Louis Police Department to city leaders. And at a meeting of police commissioners Wednesday morning, board President Col. Richard Gray congratulated Slay and committed to working through the transition. “Although the governor appoints all of the individuals on this board, we are all from St. Louis and our goal is to protect the interests of St. Louis,” he said. “We will remain committed to putting our best foot forward.” See the St. Louis Post Dispatch article.
What about Education? Missouri has for years educated it’s children without Federal intervention. It’s only more recently that establishment Missouri politicians have accepted Federal funds, which have resulted in an ever-increasing role of the Fed in our school-children’s lives. It’s not only unnecessary and a burden to the taxpayer – it’s unhealthy for the future of what our community values. See also: Missouri Department of Education
What about Health Care? Health Care is largely run privately in Missouri. An example is St. Mary’s Health System in St. Louis. Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, SSM Health Care – is committed to delivering quality patient care to the St. Louis area as embodied in its mission statement: “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.” See: St. Louis St. Mary’s health system
How will Missouri protect from disaster or conflict? Today’s Missouri militia has a wide spectrum of missions, from disaster relief to terrorism prevention. The slogan echoed now is “State Defense and Community Service.” One role of the militia is defense of the state from terrorism or invasion. Other roles include disaster relief, search and rescue, emergency preparedness education and serving the community. We can serve our communities through aid programs like Harvesters, Habitat for Humanity, Project Warmth, Blood Drives as well as raising money for charities benefitting military veterans, cancer research, or volunteering at local food pantries and shelters. Given that the militia is primarily defensive in nature, it is natural that much of its resources should be aimed at bettering the communities from which it is derived. Read more at: Missouri Militia
What about a monetary system? In mid-2012, concerned over the Federal Reserve and its embattled fiat currency continue to grow, lawmakers in Missouri were considering legislation to protect residents by making gold and silver legal tender within the state. Although the legislation did not pass, Missouri would have joined the state of Utah — which adopted a similar sound-money law last year — in an effort to expand the monetary choices available to citizens. Read more at: Missouri Sound Money Act Would Make Gold & Silver Legal Tender