In a bold act of national self-determination, voters within the United Kingdom bravely wrested control of their nation's destiny away from the European Union in a recent election. They became greatly incensed by the waves of illegal Middle Eastern immigrants entering their nation, the voters of the UK chose to reject the EU as was their right, and in doing so they rid themselves of the EU’s failed control over the immigration policy of their sovereign nation. Britain’s striking action of disassociation against the EU should serve as an example to other nations, states, and territories that are encumbered by corrupt and ineffective parent governments.
In regards to the UK, the EU's own regulations damned the partnership with Britain to failure. The following is excerpted directly from the EU’s own guidelines and illustrates the failure of the EU perfectly:
Amazingly, the status of the immigrants as "undocumented" placed them well within the EU’s purview, but the EU’s ineffectiveness meant the UK and other member states were forced to handle the tidal wave of migrants without the benefit of an effective and coordinated EU effort. In short, the UK and other EU members were left to fend for themselves as the “toothless tiger” that is the EU proved unworthy of the inclusion of a proud, independent nation such as the UK. Given the unmitigated flood of migrants entering their nation greatly exceeded both the EU’s mandate and its abilities, Britons grew concerned that their nation's economy, health services, and general social services would eventually collapse beneath the overwhelming weight of unwanted humanity piling in.
Unfortunately, the above situation closely mirrors America’s plight with its own corrupt and ineffectual government, and with the hordes of illegal immigrants flooding into the nation unchecked. Speaking of the Legion of the Uninvited, the purpose of this text is to discuss illegal immigration as a whole, not illegal Mexicans. That is, while illegal immigration to the US from Mexico forms about 59% of all undocumented incursions into the nation, there is another 41% that comes from other countries, with 26% hailing from nine countries. Therefore, it will take far more than a mere wall in order to stop illegal immigration as a whole.
The failure of our government to control America’s borders and effectively manage crises are absolute and undeniable. The current Administration openly supports allowing all illegals currently within America to stay here permanently and without penalty. Such belief is not a policy, it is an invitation for over 11 million non-paying permanent “guests” to each and every taxpayer-supported Federal, state, and local service, all of which will eventually collapse beneath the same kind of overwhelming weight of unwanted humanity that piled into the UK and forced that country to quit the EU.
With a permissive government on one side and the promise of a failed wall on the other, it seems the American people are left with just one option that must be undertaken if America is to survive. I propose that our nation should re-adopt a system of government similar to that which was installed during the Revolutionary War, that it needs to severely update its original supreme document of law and apply it to current existence, that it needs a modernized version of the Articles of Confederation appended by the Bill of Rights from the existing Constitution to gradually do away with ineffective Federal control over all state matters.
Just as a recap, before the Confederate States of America (1861 - 1865) waged a bitter and bloody war of sedition against the Union, there was the confederacy called “The United States of America” that lasted from March 1781 through September 1788. The remainder of this text refers to the original confederation that existed at the time of the American Revolutionary War, not the collection of states that raised arms against their brothers during the American Civil War.
As organized under the Articles of Confederation, the states retained their right of self-determination and were largely independent, much like individual nations, with Congress literally serving as the option of last resort to resolve issues between member states. Additionally, while Congress was empowered to make treaties and alliances, maintain armed forces, and mint currency, it did not have the authority to tax the citizenry or regulate commerce. Such limitations upon the central government are key to my viewpoint as our current one places an inordinate tax burden on citizens and enters into trade agreements that only serve to weaken the nation’s standing among the major industrialized nations.
In addition to the powers given to the states and the central government, I believe the states should be afforded the right to unite in territories as long as the border of each territory is a contiguous one. That is, one which does not--through natural or man-made boundaries or borders--encompass any state or territory that does not wish to join the larger body or which limits any non-member state or non-member territory from joining another member of its choice.
For example, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania could unite to form the fictional “Territory of the Mid-Atlantic.” However, North Carolina would be unable to join since, in this example, Virginia is not part of the Territory of the Mid-Atlantic, meaning the border of the territory would not extend South far enough to reach the border of North Carolina.
Exceptions to the above would be the states of Alaska and Hawaii, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands since they are stand-alone entities due to geography, thus they are exempted from the rule to allow their participation in the territory creation process (for example, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington could form a territory called “Northwest United” [or some other name], while California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands could form a territory called “Land of Paradise” [again, or some other name]).
Territories would be bound to assist each other financially, militarily, and in all other ways during times of unrest or disaster, with the central government retaining control of the national armed forces and disaster relief services. In specific regard to crisis management, FEMA would be renamed “CEMA-STO” to indicate that although an arm of the central government, the agency would also be under the oversight of the state or territory in distress to the extent that the state or territory would be empowered to relieve CEMA-STO of its duties or take direct control over the day-to-day operation of relief efforts if those efforts--as directed from the central government--fail to address the crisis situation (as assessed through various metrics to be determined and for a duration yet to be determined).
In accordance with the preceding, for the purpose of moving the people and materials necessary for national defense and emergency management, the need of the central government would continue to supersede the authority of states and territories unless temporarily relieved of those needs by a state or territory. Do note that in the event where a state or territory has invoked its right self-determination over the central government, Congress shall make the final determination as to where control should be placed in order to address a given current issue and the duration of control. This would eliminate another failed response of the kind repeatedly had by the current FEMA.
Some duties of the current Federal government would be transferred to the states outright. For example, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service would be eliminated and all immigration would be handled at the state level. That way, if it is just a few states that stubbornly march to a different drummer and insist on having an open-door policy for illegal immigrants complete with driver licenses and social service perks (like California), then there is no reason why a centralized, nationwide response would be needed to handle issues created at the member level.
If a state or territory elects to jettison all illegal entrants from within its confines, then they should be allowed to do so. The ejected illegals would be free to go to California or any other member entity that chooses to accept them. The effect of this would be to allocate the cost of illegal entry into the US directly back to those states or territories that foster their presence. Those states and territories that choose to send illegals away would be spared the costs associated with their presence. If the illegal migrant is rejected by all member entities, then it would the responsibility of the central government to have them returned to their country of origin and seek reimbursement for the costs of doing so from that foreign country.
So this is how I see the American version of #BREXIT playing out due to immigration concerns and an ongoing failure of crisis management at the Federal level. While there is more to add and more to consider (to circumvent the reasons why the Articles of Confederation were replaced by the Constitution), my intent was not one of writing the framework of a new government as a whole. I leave such discussions to you and to those in the future who read this post. To all of you I state my belief that we could recreate the nation and make it a real Democracy again, a place where power rests in the hands of the populace, a place where government of, by, and for the people is risen from the Earth under which our current leaders have buried it.
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