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11/14/12 at 07:47 PM 0 Comments

Do States Actually Have the Right to Secede? (VIDEO)

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Reporter Ben Swann of Reality Check answers the question, "Do states actually have the right to secede?"

Do states actually have the right to secede?

Links to documents quoted in the video:

We the People - Open Petitions

Declaration of Independence:

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

Ratification statement from delegates of the Virginia General Assembly:

The people of Virginia, declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution, being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression, and that every power not granted thereby remains with them and at their will.

Tenth Amendment to the Constitution:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union:

The State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union.

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