Fourth Southern National Congress
Another Success for our Cause
November 18,19, 2011: Dickson, TN -- The fourth Southern National Congress (SNC) in Montgomery Bell State Park, Tennessee was another success for our Cause of Southern independence.
This session of the Congress focused on defining what the SNC must become in order to continue leading our States towards independence, what projects we should emphasize, and how to structure our operations to accomplish those objectives.
We began that effort with a day long executive session of the Board of Governors and the SNC officers on Friday. During that meeting, we had very fruitful discussions that enabled us to make a list of projects and priorities for consideration by the full Congress.
We also produced a statement of purpose, or mission statement, for the SNC which we believe defines what the SNC is, and what our ultimate goal is. That statement, which was adopted by the Congress reads as follows:
The Southern National Congress is an organization of volunteer Southern citizens whose objective is to effect the freedom and independence of the several Southern States and their People so that they may restore their historic traditions of self-government and ordered Christian liberty.
The most significant thing to come from this session of the SNC was a change in our philosophy of how the Congress should function and where the real work for independence must be done. Philosophically, we have transitioned away from a remonstrating and petitioning body towards being a more practical, governing one. We are determined to be true to our confederate principles of decentralization and States' Powers.
Therefore, henceforth, the SNC will cease to be a top-down organization. No longer are the individual State delegations going to be able to look to the SNC officers and Board of Governors for specific ideas and directions. At the Congressional level, we intend to function as a forum for exchange of strategies and tactics among the States, but the real work and focus has been shifted to where it rightfully belongs – the State level.
As newly elected Chairman Mark Thomey commented, 'In the words of General Nathan Bedford Forrest; Don't wait for orders from headquarters. Ride to the sound of the guns.' This change in philosophy was warmly and enthusiastically received by the State delegations.
As for the projects to implement and their priorities, we settled upon two at the Congressional level. The first is to begin producing public relations and educational videos and other materials that can be posted on the SNC website for the public and distributed internally to the State delegations. The second was to organize and host an international secession conference. Our objective there is to gather representatives of successful independence movements from around the world so that we can learn from them, seek their support, and lend legitimacy to our own bid for independence.
At the State level, our suggested projects and priorities were preparations for individual and community safety and the advancement of independence/States' Powers friendly model legislation with our State and local governments. These were suggested as the top priority projects by the SNC leadership, but several others were discussed, and each State is at complete liberty to decide which ones deserve top priority depending on their individual circumstances.
Chairman Thomey commented, 'I was very pleased with how well the session went this year, as I thought that we achieved our goals in an efficient and forthright manner. I was humbled by the delegates' confidence in me as they elevated me to the office of Chairman, and I will do all that I can to be worthy of that confidence. May Almighty God bless our work and grant us a name and place among the nations of the earth.'
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?