Continuing the Advance
Fifth Southern National Congress
Wetumpka, Alabama, 15,16 March 2013 - The Fifth Session of the Southern National Congress met in Wetumpka, Alabama on 15 and 16 March 2013, hosted by the Alabama delegation. Although delayed from its standard fall meeting time, the Congress went smoothly, presided over by outgoing Chairman Mark Thomey.
Officers were elected to serve for the next two years/sessions of the Congress.
Our new Chairman is David O Jones of Tennessee who had most recently served as Vice-Chairman and also formerly as Parliamentarian of the Congress. Mark Thomey of Alabama returned to serve as Vice-Chairman, a position he has held since the Congress began excepting his brief stint as Chairman. Stephen Conn of Tennessee asked not to be nominated to serve again as Parliamentarian because of hearing problems; Pat Hines of South Carolina was elected Parliamentarian. Bobby Johnston of Alabama was re-elected Treasurer.
A new promotional video was unveiled by its producer Deborah Razete of Florida. It was warmly received and a DVD copy was distributed to each State delegation. The video is on the SNC website and individual copies are available for purchase.
The Foreign Relations Committee is continuing to establish contact with various independence movements across the globe. Discussion continues on the possibility of hosting an international conference on secession either here in the South or possibly even in Europe.
The Safety Committee has established a private facebook page and thanks to Pat Hines of South Carolina, much information has been posted and thus available for our Delegates and supporters.
The report by the Constitution Committee generated a lot of discussion and debate. The purpose of the committee is to draft a proposed constitution for a future Southern Republic. Committee chairman Mark Thomey presented the legislative portion of the draft. Recognizing that both the United States and Confederate States constitutions had problems, the gentlemen of the committee decided to begin constructing one "from the ground up. The next session of the Congress will discuss one or two more portions.
The Congress intends to make significant inroads into the workings of the several State legislatures. David Jones gave a brief presentation on what factors are important in developing a successful legislative agenda within the States. He stressed developing relationships with the legislators and their assistants now, thus allowing easier access once the time for legislation arrives.
While no earth-shattering pronouncements came out of the Fifth Session, business was conducted in a manner which would make the authors of our liberty proud. We continue to advance the Cause of Liberty and Independence.
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?