Remonstrance and Petition for a Redress of Grievances
We, the Delegates of the Southern States, in Congress assembled, make the following Findings and Affirmations:
Southerners are descended from people who settled this continent in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. We have always been able to absorb worthy newcomers and make them members of our culture.
We are historically a generous and hospitable People. Indeed, “Southern hospitality” is a universally acknowledged attribute of our People and byword that describes our region.
However, in a recent and very short span of years, our States have been overrun with foreigners too numerous and too alien to be absorbed. We are quite literally threatened with the unwanted transformation of our society through unlimited mass immigration.
The Federal Government, through bad laws and policies, and through willful failure to enforce good laws, is directly responsible for this situation—acting against the expressed will of the people and in deliberate repudiation of its Constitutional duties.
Federal power is being used to displace us as a People in our own land. It is hard to imagine anything more abusive and faithless on the part of our government and political leaders, whose legitimate function is the protection of society. This situation requires immediate and comprehensive remedies if the Government is to retain its moral authority and legitimacy, and thereby to expect the continued allegiance of the Southern People.
The right of the people to petition the Government for redress of grievances is recognized by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Therefore, we, the Delegates to the First Southern National Congress:
- Remonstrate against the failure of the Federal Government to secure the borders and enforce all immigration laws.
- Petition the Government of the United States to heed the overwhelming will of the Southern States and People to cease the mass immigration that is destroying the common identity, sense of community, and shared culture without which a government of the people cannot function, and which threatens to displace us as a People in the land established by our forefathers for us, their posterity.
Adopted 6 December 2008 by the First Southern National Congress at Hendersonville, North Carolina and ordered to be transmitted to the Delegations to the United States Congress of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia; to the President of the United States, and to the State Governments of these Southern States.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?