Southern National Congress
Constitution and Bylaws
We, the delegates of the Southern National Congress, representing the Southern States enumerated below, committing ourselves to the creation and maintenance of this Congress in order to:
- Provide a forum for the authentic voice of the Southern People to be heard in the councils of Federal, State, and local governments;
- Promote the traditional Southern principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility, reestablish those principles within a framework of lawful government with strictly limited and enumerated powers;
- Advance the prosperity, welfare, and general interests of the Southern States and People.
Do hereby ordain and establish this Constitution and By-Laws, humbly seeking the guidance and favour of Almighty God, the God of the Holy Bible, without whom no such enterprise can hope to flourish; and with the earnest hope that He will grant the Southern States and People a name and place among the nations of the earth.
Article I: Name and Structure
Section I: The name of this body shall be the Southern National Congress.
Section II: Authorization. Within twelve months of ratification, the elected officers and Board of Governors as defined in Articles IV & V shall investigate and are authorized to execute appropriate incorporations, registrations, protections of trademarks, domain names, other intellectual property or other required legal and/or banking instruments as required.
Article II: Purpose
Section I: Scope & Resolutions. The Southern National Congress shall serve as a forum to debate and make pronouncements on practical matters affecting the Southern People in their respective States and their relationships with the world at large. Resolutions adopted by the Southern National Congress shall be made available to the public and distributed through all available information media.
Section II: Journal. The Southern National Congress shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from time to time, publish the same.
Section III: Members. The Southern National Congress shall be composed of the State Delegations of the working bodies defined in Article III. Working bodies can be created or eliminated by amendment thereof. If there is only one working body the Southern National Congress convenes as that body and they are one and the same. When there are multiple working bodies the Southern National Congress will convene, adjourn to the respective working bodies, and reconvene for any final resolution and adjournment sine die.
Section IV: Quorum. A simple majority of the Delegations of the total number of State delegations represented in the Southern National Congress shall constitute a quorum to do business.
Article III: Working Bodies
Section I: Delegates. All Delegates shall be at least eighteen years of age. Each Delegate shall be a citizen of the State he represents and must make the following affirmation:
- I believe that I have a duty to my home State.
- I believe that the Southern people are a distinct people.
- I believe in the right of voice, the right of preservation, and the right of recognition for the South and her people.
Section II: Assembly of Delegates
Each state delegation retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right which is not by these bylaws otherwise expressly delegated to the Southern National Congress assembly. The Assembly of Delegates shall be composed of Delegations from the Southern States which choose to ratify this Constitution. The Southern States are defined as Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, and Kentucky.
Each State delegation shall be entitled to one vote in the Assembly of Delegates.
The Assembly of Delegates shall determine the rules of its proceedings by amendment of the Assembly of Delegates Special Rules. The Assembly of Delegates may punish Delegates or Delegations for disorderly or dishonourable behaviour and may expel a Delegate or Delegation with the concurrence of the Delegations of two-thirds of the total number of States represented in the Assembly of Delegates after a show of cause and a fair hearing.
The Assembly of Delegates shall convene annually with three months notice of time and location. One fourth of the number of States represented in the Assembly of Delegates can petition for a called session of the Congress.
Each State delegation shall determine the number and other qualifications of her Delegates and the manner of their selection, subject to the qualifications set forth in Article III, Section I. Each State Delegation shall report their delegate roll as prescribed by the Recording Secretary to receive credentials for participation in the deliberations of an assembly.
Article IV: Officers
Section I: Officers & duties. The Officers of the Southern Nation Congress shall be; Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Chairman, Parliamentarian, and Chaplain. Officers will perform the duties associated with their office, and additional duties as established by Special Rules or by the Delegates assembled in convention or the Board of Governors.
Section II: Term. Term of office is two years or until a successor has been elected. If an office is vacant, its term will commence upon election, otherwise it will start at the end of the current assembly.
Section III: Election. Election shall be by nomination and ballot of the State Delegations, each State having one vote. A majority of State delegations represented in the Southern National Congress is required for election.
Section IV: Method of Election. All open offices will be voted on at one time with a five minutes recess for State Delegation caucuses, during which each Delegation will report their vote to the Recording Secretary. If a Delegate is elected to more than one office, the Delegate will select one office and immediately vacate the others for which a new election will be held. If there is not a majority for a candidate, a runoff will be held between those receiving the top two vote counts.
Section V: Vacancies. Vacancies occurring between elections shall be filled by appointment by the Chairman, until the next Assembly of Delegates.
Article V: Board of Governors
Section I: Members. The Board of Governors shall be composed of the elected Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Southern National Congress and one member chosen by each State Delegation represented in the Southern National Congress.
Section II: Governing Body. The Board of Governors shall be the governing body between assemblies of the Delegates and authorized to perform any duties required and in compliance with the law, this Constitution and By-Laws, and any Special Rules adopted. The officers of the Board of Governors shall be the same as those of the Southern National Congress.
Section III: Certification. Each State Delegation will certify its representative member to the Board of Governors with the Recording Secretary, and that representative member shall take office upon certification.
Article VI: Standing Committees
Standing Committees may be created or eliminated by amendment of the Special Rules. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Governors until the next session of the Assembly of Delegates.
Article VII: Amendment.
This Constitution can be amended by the affirmative vote of the Delegations of two-thirds of the total States represented in the Southern National Congress. The Special Rules can be amended by a majority vote of the total State Delegations represented in the Southern National Congress.
Article VIII: Ratification.
The ratification of this Constitution by nine State Delegations shall be sufficient for the establishment of this Constitution between the ratifying State Delegations.
Article IX: Parliamentary Authority.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, shall govern the deliberations of the Southern National Congress and its working bodies in all cases to which they are applicable and not inconsistent with this Constitution or any Special Rules that may have been adopted.
Special Rules of the Southern National Congress
Article I: Standing Committees
Section I: Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall consist of three members elected from among Delegates by the State Delegations in the Southern National Congress and three members appointed by the elected Finance Chairman. This committee shall be responsible for fundraising.
Section II: Media Committee. The Board Chairman shall appoint a media officer to serve as head of a committee whose purpose is to put the work of the Congress before the nation and the world at regular intervals and especially to assure that Remonstrances and Petitions get put before the Southern public, national and local media, politicians of all stripes and levels, influential public figures, and the committees, agencies, and officials of the federal government itself to whom the Congress is petitioning.
2009 Amendments to Establish Committees
Section III: Events Committee. The Committee on Southern National Congress Events. The Committee on Southern National Congress Events shall consist of five permanent members: the SNC Chairman, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, IT Committee Chairman, SNC Webmaster, and seven delegates, who shall serve a term of one year, each being from a separate delegation for a total of twelve members. Voting members of the committee shall consist of the seven sitting delegates, SNC Chairman, and Treasurer. (Following sentence struck.) The other members shall act in an advisory roll. The Committee shall be responsible for planning and handling all logistical aspects of the physical meetings of the Congress and any other events sponsored by the SNC Board of Governors.
Specifically, the committee shall: a) choose event locations and negotiate with meeting facility and accommodation providers; b) assist the SNC Treasurer in collecting of attendance fees; c) obtain from State delegations and provide to the SNC Recording Secretary complete and accurate attendee information in a timely fashion; d) provide primary event program planning, and appoint an agent or agents to act as ombudsmen between attendees and accommodation providers.
Section IV: Constitution Drafting Committee. There is hereby established a committee to draft a proposed constitution. The membership will be appointed by the Chair and the Board of Governors, with consideration given to having representation among the several States but without requiring representation from each state delegation.
Section V: Safety Committee
WHEREAS: America faces a situation with unprecedented, converging challenges resulting from decades of reckless financial, domestic, and foreign policies of the Federal government. That situation holds the potential to become a "perfect storm of economic and social collapse, including the possibility of mass civil disorder.
WHEREAS: The United States Government has already and seems to be preparing drastically more curtailments of civil liberties “ and in the event of the civil disorder which it has itself created, those curtailments include the possible declaration of a national emergency and imposition of martial law.
WHEREAS: In such circumstances we may find our freedoms of speech, assembly, and movement severely limited, if not eliminated altogether. Indications are that the Federal government might move against dissident groups and individuals with mass arrests and internment. Some departments of the Federal government, for example, Homeland Security and the FBI, have already characterized Americans who oppose the socialist policies of the Administration as potential threats and even as domestic terrorists. What is worse, the have admitted to basing these characterizations on material received from the Southern Poverty Law Center, about which nothing more need be said.
THEREFORE: The Kentucky Delegation moves to direct the Southern National Congress to create a Committee of Safety. The purpose of this Committee will be to study and recommend appropriate actions to deal with the potential consequences of mass civil disorder created by over 150 years of folly, malfeasance, and despotism by the United States Government.
Purpose and Functions:
Specifically, the Committee of Safety will be charged with the task of reviewing the safety needs of the the Southern population, whose ancestors and themselves have been the chief defenders of the principles of Liberty throughout the political history of the North American continent (which includes the Delegates and Officers of this body along with their families); and developing plans and concrete measures to develop the means by which, in the event of a national emergency and suppression of dissent”the protection of our civil liberties and personal safety could be preserved and advanced.
Such means could include but not be limited to the following:
- Research and recommend secure means of communications (e.g., encrypted e-mail, short-wave radio, etc.)
- Investigate and make recommendations to create and sustain a support network, including "safe houses.
- Work with other responsible Southern and pro-freedom groups to broaden our resources available for safety and protective measures in the event of hostilities directed against the People and States by the Federal regime.
- In concert with the above, develop a plan for shared contacts and information to support an Intelligence and Warning capability.
- Develop internal procedures to prevent infiltration, provocations, and "plants by groups hostile to the SNC, its goals and purposes.
- Develop a phone-tree or other alert systems via all available means of communication.
- Develop other SOP (standard operating procedures), training, and organisational efforts in the event of a national emergency, martial law, and supression of the People.
- Work with each State Delegation to assist in developing individual States' measures for safety and self-protection.
- [Added by Amendment] Endeavor to maintain close ties and solidarity with any and all non-Southern states that adopt laws affirming state sovereignty under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the United States Constitution.
Membership: Members shall be the SNC Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and three Delegates appointed by the Chairman, one of whom must be a member of the Board of Governors and who will serve as the Committee's liaison to the Board. Ex officio members may be appointed as needed, according to the skill area or function required (e.g., secure e-mail; computer methods). Reporting and accountability: The Committee of Safety will report on its progress to the Board of Governors at least monthly. Confidentialty: Under this motion, Kentucky further proposes that we create a classified or confidential section of the by-laws and SNC minutes so that highly sensitive matters related to safety and self-protection, or matters decided in Executive Session, are restricted from public access and release.
Special Rules for the Assembly of Delegates
Article I: Voting Method
On motions properly submitted by a Delegate, the Presiding Officer may call for a voice or standing vote in which all Delegates may vote. Any Delegate may call for a vote of the Delegates by Delegation. Upon such call the Presiding Officer shall restate clearly the question and recess for five minutes for the State Delegations to caucus. Within five minutes each State Delegation shall report its vote to the Recording Secretary. Failure to report its vote will be counted as not voting. The Presiding Officer shall reconvene after five minutes for the Recording Secretary to announce the results by State.
Article II: Presiding Officer
The Chairman or an appointee of the Chairman shall be the Presiding Officer over all deliberations of the Assembly of Delegates. In the absence of the Chairman and his appointee, if any, the order of succession shall be: Vice-Chairman, Parliamentarian then selection by election by State Delegations for the duration of assembly.
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?