"Is it possible?"
In this short article I will try to answer this question: Is it possible for Georgia to exist independent of the United States? First we will look at what seems to be on everyone's mind, that is, the economic meltdown. Then we will look at the political question wrapped around the moral question of size and scale. Then a brief look at our culture. And I'll wrap up with a look at what Georgia would lose if we left the Union.
For those of us who pay attention to the world around us it is obvious that our current economic situation is unsustainable. We don't have to look far to see economic disaster. The housing bubble along with its many gambling schemes, the unemployment rate which is probably at 20%; not the questionable figures announced daily by the official propaganda ministries of the Corrupt Washington government. Take a trip to the grocery store and look at the pricing of basic everyday foods. Have these prices increased over the last year? Why? Because the volume of money in circulation has increased. Inflation of the money supply causes each dollar to be worth less. So, it takes more money to buy a particular product.
Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff, a mainstream economist from Boston University, wrote an article for St. Louis Federal Reserve bank journal in 2006, July/August issue, entitled "Is the U.S. Bankrupt?" He does a lot of complicated economic analysis but reaches the conclusion that we are $65 trillion in the hole. He has since advanced that number, in some of his recent estimations, to $202 trillion because of the newer spending schemes the Corrupt Washington government has cooked up since then. He goes into what we'll call the Kotlikoff plan in the second half of his article.
Basically what he says is that we would have to savagely cut entitlements and spending and institute a 33% national sales tax (on top of everything we pay now). And then over a long period of time (50 - 75 years) we "might" be able to regain some semblance of control over this system. Then he says this will never happen. Congress and the people would not have the will power to make it happen.
Buried in a couple of paragraphs in the middle of the article he states what he thinks will happen--hyperinflation. The general government will try to print its way out of this massive hole. They are currently practicing some more "quantitative easing" (that's Bernanke speak for printing more money). The devaluation of the currency continues unabated. The value of the dollar is 5% of what it was in 1913 when the Federal Reserve System was established. That equates to "95% of the value of your labor (your time) being stolen by this "Corrupt Government" we call the United States government.
Let's look at some of Georgia's basic economic figures.
Each person in Georgia spends approximately $1,800.00 a year for food. Let's multiply that $1,800.00 figure by Georgia's current population of 9.7 million (2010 Census); the resulting figure would be $17,460,000,000. And that is just one element of the many dollars spent every year by each individual.
Imagine what that would do for the economy of Georgia if all that money was spent on locally-raised food products.
According to 2010 World Bank statistics, Georgia has a gross domestic product of $404,600,000,000. That's $41,711 per capita. That's higher than the United States per capita figure which is only $38,000. And keep in mind that we were, and are still, in a recession when this figure was produced. This figure puts Georgia ahead of most countries in the world.
I'll use the figure of 192 countries ranked by the World Bank in 2010. That places Georgia 18th in per capita GDP. This puts us ahead of very successful countries like Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Greece, Norway, Portugal and many others.
We have two very vibrant ports with which world trade can be accomplished. We have one of the largest airports in the world and a modern highway and rail system. We have abundant natural resources and a huge population. Georgia shares a border with five other states with which we can trade. Our domestic product output is such that we would be sought out as trading partners. We could produce most of what we need to exist here in Georgia, and, we could open our ports in true "free trade" for those things that other countries have which we do not produce: oil, sugar, rice, cars and trucks, and electronics, to name a few.
Could Georgia exist as a country economically?
Emphatically, yes. If the new government of Georgia instituted "honest" monetary practices we could be a leader in the world economically. Almost overnight!
Now, let's look at the political question.
In 1789 many of the Founding Fathers looked at the geographic size of most states and decided that they were just too vast to be governed in Republican form. That's why areas of the original states seceded from the mother states. In 1789, when the Constitution for the united States of America was finally ratified by nine States, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia claimed the size of their respective states to extend all the way to the Mississippi River.
- Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan were all carved out of Virginia because the leaders in Virginia knew that republican form could not exist in such a vast territory.
- Tennessee was carved out of North Carolina.
- The states of Alabama and Mississippi were carved out of Georgia.
- Maine seceded from Massachusetts.
As the state populations expanded, somewhat rapidly, different states broke off from the mother state and formed their own republics.
Size and scale matters when you're talking about republican form of government. All of the classical republics were small in size, and political representation was close to the people. And they all survived quite nicely until they decided to get larger, and in some cases create empires.
What we live in today is the modern-day U.S. Empire.
Georgia encompasses 59,441 square miles. That puts Georgia 92nd in the world in geographic size. It puts us ahead of countries like Greece, Nicaragua, Austria, Honduras, Bulgaria, Cuba, Iceland, South Korea, Hungary, Portugal, the country of Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and on and on. There are 100 countries in the world smaller than our home state of Georgia.
In 1789 when the Constitution was ratified, there were a total of 3,000,000 people in the whole country. A representation factor in the House of Representatives was established at 30,000 people to one representative. The number of representatives increased, through the years, because of this established ratio, until 1910 when it was capped at 435. The Senate was comprised of two Senators from each state appointed by the state legislatures.
Today, with the US population over 305 million, the representation ratio is a little over 700,000 to 1 (write your congressman and see if you get a real reply). The Constitution for the united States guarantees each state a republican form of government. Republican form cannot and has never existed with this size of population or even this large a geographic territory. The Republic of Athens (Greece), which still influences us today in architecture, politics, arts, music, philosophy, and religion, had a population of approximately 50,000 people and a small geographic territory.
Georgia's population of 9.7 million people is three times larger than the entire country in 1789. Even Georgia is much too large be a successful republic. If Georgia was its own country we would have to divide the state up into a minimum of 10 to 12 independent republics similar to what the states were under the Constitution in 1789. Does Georgia have enough people? Yes. We actually have too many. This would necessitate the division of Georgia into several States within a confederation. Thomas Jefferson recommended that Virginia be divided into Ward Republics. Decentralization of government power is the goal, viz. returning political power to the states, and we the people.
In 1993, Ambassador George F Kennan published a book called Around the Cragged Hill. He was the architect of the post- World War II Soviet Containment Policy. In his book he makes the case that the U.S. is simply too big in both population and area. It cannot work as designed in its present size and scale.
Size and scale is, at its root, a moral question. Who decides what laws we will live under? Today it's 546 "officials" of the Corrupt Washington government. Some elected (so what) and some not. It is certainly not "we the people." You might argue that we have "checks and balances" between these people in the three branches of the government.
Not if all three are corrupt!
If only one branch is corrupt, and the other two do nothing about it, does that not make the two complicit in the corruption of the other? If all three are corrupt (and they are), you end up with today's despotism and tyranny.
The so-called Supreme Court has been corrupt since the passage of the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789 - the very first Legislative Session of the Washington government! It has gone downhill since. It now decides what "justice" is for 305 million people. These nine black-robed oligarchs have decided when life begins, what foods you can eat, who you will associate with, what private property is, and even the length of a student's hair. Do you have any say in what they decide? Is that moral?
We have all of the political documents and ideas that we need to form a successful political order. We have the greatest historical examples of how to set up a limited republican government based on a "Polite Christian Society". We in Georgia could have one of the most vibrant economies in the world.
Why do we need the Corrupt Washington government? What good has it done for us lately?
A culture grows up like a nation does. It is based on a common faith, common social customs, and a common geographic area. Does Georgia possess a distinct culture? It did at one time. For the last 150 years the Imperial Yankee culture of the northeast has been molding Georgia--and the South in general--into its "perfect" image. First, it has done so through derision in the public institutions and publications; then through war, public education, the electronic and print media, the corporate churches, and invasion. This re-molding continues today. The South is, and always has been, a distinct culture. If this is not true, why are we called the "Bible Belt."
What would Georgia lose if it separated from the U.S.?
That's a good question. Let me lay out a few things that we would not have the benefit of if we decided not to go down with the
- The IRS
- The Supreme Court
- The National Debt
- The BATF
- Janet Napolitano
- Barak Obama
- Harry Reid
- The theft of our money and resources
- The lives of our young men (and now women) in endless "bankers' wars"
- The United Nations
- The Department of Education
- Barney Frank
- Nancy Pelosi
- Joe Biden
- Abortion on demand
- Homosexuals in the Military
- All of those tiny little federal taxes (can't be counted)
- U.S. Congress
- U.S. Senate
- The Pentagon
I could go on all day and use up a lot of ink and paper just to say this: There is no downside to a Free, Sovereign, and Independent Georgia.
WE DO NOT NEED TO GO DOWN WITH THE U.S.S. Titanic!
Chairman, Georgia League of the South
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