Florida’s Independence Day
Tomorrow marks the one hundred and fifty third anniversary of Florida giving the proverbial middle finger to Washington D.C. and the union. “Good riddance, we can manage much better on our own” said 62 out of 69 delegates who met in Tallahassee on January 10th, 1861 to vote on whether or not to secede.
For Southerners, years of being unequally yoked culturally, socially, and economically to a people and a government- not of their own- finally reached the point of critical mass. On December 20th, 1860 South Carolina was the first to go, followed by Mississippi on January 9th, 1861.
The preceding November, during the regular meeting of the Florida State Assembly, Governor Madison Starke Perry called on the legislature to make provisions for the election of delegates to consider the matter of Florida’s secession from the union. Having excellent foresight, Governor Perry requested the re-organization of the state militia as well as the appropriation of $100,000 to support these troops in case of armed conflict with the U.S. federal government.
Both U.S. Senators, David Yulee and Stephen Mallory favoured secession- although each contained a varied amount of fervour on the matter.
On January 3rd, 1861 Florida’s secession convention assembled at the state capitol in Tallahassee. In the end, the discussion wasn’t really about whether or not to secede- but when and how to go about it logistically. Some favoured immediate secession while others wanted to wait and see what the other sister Southern States did. Governor Perry and Governor-elect John Milton- both favoured immediate withdrawal from the diseased union.
As the secession convention intensified, Tallahassee became heightened with activity. Over the course of the next several days, the capitol building echoed with fiery speeches and debates.
Inspired by the sentiment sweeping the land, the infamous fire-eater, Edmund Ruffin, journeyed to Tallahassee to join the proceedings. Here he spent his 67th birthday and even gave a short speech- urging the assembly to act immediately and without hesitation.
Among the referendums defeated were those to wait until the rest of the South decided. Florida would decide now. On January 9th, a formal ordinance of secession was presented to the assembled delegates. On January 10th, the ordinance was put to a vote. 62 in favour and 7 against.
Florida was the third State to shrug the burdensome union. Eight more of her sister Southern States would follow spawning the first Southern Nationalist movement.
So what does this mean to us today? It provides context. As Floridians and as Southerners we must honestly ask ourselves- was the government that those Floridians seceded from more or less tyrannical than the one we are currently under? Does anyone seriously consider the actions of the federal government in 1861 more tyrannical, more egregious than the actions of this federal government today? Seriously? Reform is NOT possible.
If your answer is ‘of course the current government is more tyrannical,’ then why would the cure be any less severe? Amputation is the only remedy that will suffice.
Will voting for this libertarian or that conservative candidate for governor really change our relationship with the Beast? Will trying to form another political party change the fact that we are still 153 years later unequally yoked to other parts of this continent that will always outvote us?
Wipe the star spangled fairy dust out of your eyes and join the modern Southern Nationalist movement here. Join us in the Florida League of the South in working to once again free Florida from a tyrannical empire.