Many are hailing the results of the Italian election last Sunday as another sign that the European Union is doomed to collapse. We are glad the Italians are helping to unwind that Elitist/globalist project.
Set against this backdrop, let us now look at what is happening in the [u]nited States with the Trump administration, which is also touted as being anti-globalist, populist, for the empowerment of the little guy, etc. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions had this to say to California about her actions regarding federal immigration law:
“Immigration law is the province of the federal government,” Sessions said. “There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land.”
“I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg,” he added. “This matter has been settled.”
Source: Sharon Bernstein, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-immigration/california-governor-says-trump-administration-waging-war-against-state-idUSKCN1GJ2IF, opened 8 March 2018
A couple of quick points before the more important ones. First, California’s actions regarding immigration are suicidal; we are not defending her actions with what we say below. Second, the so-called Civil War didn’t settle the issues of secession and nullification: It only interrupted the conversation about them for a time. Tom Woods has a great line about this: If two people are arguing, and one of them throws a brick at the other person’s head, yes, the argument stops, but it hasn’t been won by the brick-thrower. (A further aside: Both concepts, secession and nullification, are now so saturated by Enlightenment thinking, that they must be pursued with a great deal of caution.)
But the larger point is this: AG Sessions’ comments show the danger of Trumpism to healthy regional life and identity in the States. The federal government, the nation of ‘America’, the Holy Constitution, must take precedence over all. American nationalism is a force that will destroy all local and regional cultures (except New England’s, because this is where it got its start) if it is not stopped. The American nation, especially as it is conceived of by Sessions, Trump, Dr Richard Land, Lincoln, Joseph Story, Hamilton, and their fellow travelers IS THE SAME THING AS THE EUROPEAN UNION. It is a bureaucratic, busybody state that imposes its own will wherever and whenever it likes, regardless of local circumstances. It does not acknowledge the deep cultural differences among its captive members.
The national American governing apparatus is an artificial corporation (Dr Donald Livingston) with no real organic roots in the life of a people (Fr Matt. Johnson). What is real, as Prof Donald Davidson, writes, are the regional cultures. The States themselves were somewhat artificial creations, sundering geographical, and therefore cultural, areas where no real division existed. However that may be, each State now manifests in a unique way the common regional culture to which she belongs.
The regions, the States, and the smaller regions within each State: these are real; these deserve to be defended. Not the umbrella corporation in Washington City that was unwisely set up by the States.
If the peoples of the States really want to join the traditionalist, populist movements that they admire in places like Lombardy, Flanders, and elsewhere, they will have to recover and embrace their own local cultures and histories, and organize religious, political, familial, and economic structures to defend them. Pres Trump, for all the good things he may say and do, and the false notion of American nationalism in general, are not the answers. They will only lead to further difficulties, at home and abroad, in the days ahead.
The Constitution of 1787 was intended all along to neuter the States, to consolidate power in a national government, which Anti-Federalists like Brutus and Patrick Henry saw at the time. The current Constitution would either end in an all-powerful national government or fall apart under sectional strain. The States have been on the path of the former for quite a while now, and it has not been a very enjoyable walk. It is time to peacefully pursue the latter: separation of the sections.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!