The Case for Secession

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My son, Tim Baldwin, who is a constitutional attorney, recently engaged my friend, attorney Ed Vieira, Jr., in a spirited and intellectual written debate on the rightness or wrongness of State secession. Vieira took the unionist position that states do not have the constitutional right to secede. Tim took the freedomist position that states have both a constitutional and Natural Law right to secede (a position with which I
firmly agree, as most readers know).

Here is the link to Tim's columns: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/?cat=5

And here is the link to Vieira's columns: http://newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwinA.htm

One element that neither writer covered (understandably so, given the legal nature of the debate) was the BIBLICAL right of secession. Christians rightly square everything with

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What's More Important: Liberty Or The Entity That Protects It?

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Let me ask readers a question. What’s more important: freedom and its undergirding principles, or the entity meant to protect it? A word of caution: be careful how you answer that question, because the way you answer marks

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Senators Want to Detain Americans Without Trial

On March 4, 2010, Senator McCain introduced bill S. 3081, known as the “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010.” S. 3081 is supported by Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Brown of Massachusetts, Mr. Sessions and four other senators.

The official purpose of S. 3081 is, “To provide for the interrogation and detention of enemy belligerents who commit hostile acts against the United States, to establish certain limitations on the prosecution of such belligerents for such acts, and for other purposes.”

The bill, however, would allow detainment

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Tea Party Beware

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http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2010/cbarchive_20100212.html


As far as grassroots activism goes, the surge in Tea Parties across America is one of the more encouraging developments to recently take place. It reminds me of the "Conservative Revolution" of 1994, when the GOP reclaimed both the US Senate and House of Representatives. At that time, it had been over 40 years since the Republican Party controlled both the US House and Senate. And, between the two, the House victories were the most significant.

Spurred mostly by the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, a host of young, energetic freshman Republicans marched into Washington, D.C., determined to return a burgeoning and out-of-control federal leviathan to the constitutional precepts of limited government. I'm talking about then-freshman House members such as Helen Chenoweth, Steve Largent, Bob Barr, Joe Scarborough, Sonny Bono, John Shadegg, J.C. Watts, etc. These young conservatives went to Washington, D.C., determined to reduce the growth and size of the federal government.

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Not Your Father's Army

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By Chuck Baldwin
February 5, 2010


This column is archived at http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2010/cbarchive_20100205.html


Most of us Americans have a deep and abiding respect and admiration for our country's fighting men who have served--and are serving--within the US Armed Forces. We appreciate their willingness to put themselves in harm's way for the preservation of our nation's liberty and independence. We honor their sacrifice. Indeed, many of us share that sacrifice with the deaths, dismemberments, and paralysis of our most cherished loved ones who were killed or injured in the line of duty.

It is time, however, that we awaken to the reality of what our military is becoming and where it is heading. Suffice it to say, this is not your father's army.

On December 8, 1941, my father, Ed Baldwin--along with his two brothers, Bud and Gene--marched down to a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enlist. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor the day before, and no branch of service had to beg people to enlist that day. Bud joined the Navy. Gene joined the Marines. When government officials saw Dad's resumé, they selected him to help construct the atomic bomb. All three brothers served their country with distinction throughout the war.

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