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So, which country would you bet will last the longest?
To quote South Carolina's Declaration of Causes document:
"The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue."
"Thus were established the two great principles asserted by the Colonies, namely: the right of a State to govern itself; and the right of a people to abolish a Government when it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was instituted. And concurrent with the establishment of these principles, was the fact that each Colony became and was recognized by the mother Country a FREE, SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT STATE."
“This sectional combination for the submersion of the Constitution, has been aided in some of the States by elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its beliefs and safety. “ http://www.scribd.com/doc/29089345/South-Carolina-Declaration-of-Causes
I would add that the state's have never given up their sovereign rights, nor have they given up their rights to nullify the federal government's unlawful acts, or to withdraw from the compact between the states.
Article 1, Section 10 also states: “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, … or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit delay.”
The Congress has already shown us that it will shirk its responsibility to protect our borders and enforce our laws, as has the Executive Branch under Bush and under Obama.
Going on, the Tenth Amendment defines the states as sovereign in all matters not defined in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, to wit: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Having said all of this, if we are no longer a country based on law, and if we are, in fact, ruled by a tyrannical and lawless oligarchy (as appears evident at this time), then all bets on law enforcement are off, and we are just as likely to see the feds usurp the sovereign state police powers and simply open the borders. SCOTUS will do nothing except to support the federal usurpation, and the states will lose once again.