Letter to the Editor

U.S. founded on right of secession

Saturday, January 29, 2005

To the editor:

I find myself once again having to defend my reputation and the reputation of the Missouri League of the South. This time it is from the Rev. Bob Towner, who does not like our position supporting secession. There is a concerted effort underway by liberals like Towner who want to wipe clean every piece of American history that is deemed politically incorrect.

Since the end of the War Between the States we have seen the federal government grow and state sovereignty and individual freedoms shrink. These losses of freedoms have significantly increased following 9-11.

America was founded upon the right of secession. The Declaration of Independence was an act of secession against the government of England. Surprising is Towner's opposition to secession, given the fact that he is a minister of the Episcopal church, which was formed by seceding from the Roman Catholic church.

Where is Towner's outcry against the proposed secession of the Blue States that are unhappy because they feel America is not liberal enough? Towner's denomination is once again pondering secession as controversy swirls around the national leadership's decision to ordain a homosexual bishop.

Liberals like Towner advocate tolerance but are anything but tolerant. Towner implied that I am a traitor to my country. I am not. But I take comfort in knowing that good men like Col. William Jeffers were labeled as such at one time. Yet it was Jeffers' actions following the Battle of Jackson which prevented the Yankees from burning the town.

CLINT E. LACY, Vice Chairman, Missouri League of the South, Marble Hill, Mo.