A Decentralized Road to a Decentralized Destination


Our desired destination is clear: a Confederation of Anglo-American Patriot States, under the Articles of Confederation (America’s first constitution that was unadvisedly and illegally abandoned).  This was how the USA formed in the first place back in the 1770s. It was a decentralized nation where supreme authority resided in the sovereign States which made up the nation. The States retained “their sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every Power, Jurisdiction and right, which” was “not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.” The national government was limited in scope and authority, the scope being the States’ “common defence, the security of their Liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretence whatever.” Taxation was left at the State level, so that the national government was forced to depend upon money from the States.  To protect each State from losing power to the national government or other States, no amendment could be made to the Articles without first consent of Congress and then without unanimous ratification of the States. There was no powerful executive branch or tenured, unaccountable judicial branch in the national government.  Much was purposefully done to preserve States’ Rights and to prevent centralization of power.


It is not an accident that this decentralized destination was reached via a decentralized road: Anglo-American patriots in the various States organized State Committees of Correspondence in their own State and locality.  When these State Committees were sufficiently organized in a number of States, these State Committees eventually sent delegates to a Continental Congress, and in the Continental Congress the State delegates reached joint decisions with respect to their relation to the central British government and their common defense.  The road was decentralized, so the destination likewise was decentralized.  It was not a centrally controlled enterprise.  A centrally controlled process of formation would have been unlikely to yield decentralized fruit.


The Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReturnToArticlesOfConfederation/ and its associated websites are simply designed to encourage and assist Anglo-American patriots in the various States to organize State Committees of Correspondence in their own State towards the end of restoring a confederated USA of Anglo-American Patriot States, under the Articles of Confederation. If there is an insufficient number willing to do this, then the cause will not get off the ground.  It would contradict the very objective of the project if the project is centrally controlled and executed. 



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