by Attorney Timothy Baldwin
A recent article reflects a Secession Movement is taking more serious effect in Belgium. The cause for the movement? Well, it is the same causes that most always exist in a Secession Movement: too many differing interests and philosophies among the citizens of the country, mismanagement of government’s role and purpose under the central authority, inability for the people to control government effectively, not being able to determine your own destiny as a group of people, dire economic concerns, etc.
The article points out that “Belgium…has been drifting into separate nations since the early 1970s,” even though the political union called Belgium has existed since the 1830s, connoting the natural progression of society’s changing needs and wants. Belgium is not the only Secession Movement under way in the world. In the United States, there are many people who believe Secession from the political union of the federal government is necessary. Perhaps the Secession Party in the U.S. will become increasingly popular as times become more like Europe, especially as the federal government promotes philosophy which reflects a European mentality of consolidation, big government and world entanglement. Still, there are many other countries in the world who are practicing the God-given right to self-government, to name a few, Sudan, Yugoslavia, European Union and Australia.
When looks at world events and first-world political conditions, is it any wonder that freedom-seeking people are advocating to be able to govern themselves without having to change a world-system (literally)?—which is virtually impossible considering the power structure in place in those systems. Think about it. (211)