Second Southern National Congress Concludes with
Passage of the 'Southern National Covenant'
September 13, 2009; Delta, AL – One hundred and fifty Southerners from the fourteen Southern States convened the Second Southern National Congress (SNC) on September 11-13 at scenic Cheaha State Park, the highest point in Alabama, and passed several important measures, including the Southern National Covenant. The Covenant, like the SNC itself, has its roots in the age-old hunger for liberty in the Western world. It echoes other historic covenants that proved to be crucial turning points in Western man’s struggle to secure freedom and justice under law. Signers of the Covenant on September 13, many of whom sealed their signatures in blood, pledge to resist Federal tyranny and work to restore liberty, justice, and sovereignty for the Southern States and People.
Author Kirkpatrick Sale, President of the Middlebury Foundation and Delegate for South Carolina, called it an “extraordinary document.” Passed unanimously by the 14 State Delegations, he said it is “strong in its rejection of the United States empire and in the need for a new foundation for law and government and a restoration of sovereignty of the Southern people."
SNC Chairman Thomas Moore noted, “The Southern National Covenant is patterned in part after the Scottish National Covenant of 1638, a turning point in the defeat of royal absolutism and tyranny in the British Isles, and which is part of America’s heritage as well as of Scots and Englishmen. At the Second Congress we felt we were standing in a procession of continuity with our forefathers who shed their blood for human dignity and freedom. As the final vote was tallied, we all looked around at one another in awestruck silence. It was a solemn, emotional, and historic moment when the SNC adopted this unique pledge devoting ourselves to Southern liberty.”
The SNC is urging all Southerners who oppose the increasing outrages of Federal corruption and tyranny to sign the Covenant, share it with their fellow Southerners, and encourage them to sign.
In the day-and-a-half session, made up of 111 Delegates and Officers and witnessed by 40 observers, the Second Congress also debated and ratified the following measures:
A proclamation calling for a Day of Repentance and Intercessory Prayer for the Southern Nation.
A “Resolution and Appeal” aimed at Southern law enforcement and National Guard officials reminding them that they serve the People and not the temporary occupants of public office. It urges them to keep their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution; and in the event of a national emergency, to refuse to take part in an unlawful suppression of civil liberties.
Two resolutions, called “Remonstrance and Petition for a Redress of Grievances,” opposing the government health care proposed by the Obama Administration and abortion.
Warmly hosted by the Alabama SNC Delegation, participants at the Second Congress, including 25 new Delegates, enjoyed two evenings of Southern fellowship, enlivened with traditional Southern cooking, beverages, and music.
The proven model for the SNC comes from America’s own history – the First and Second Continental Congresses, meeting in 1774 and 1775, when our colonial forefathers created their own alternative, legitimate forum to represent their interests and voice their grievances. The SNC goal is similar, to bring into being an independent forum with moral authority because it reflects the true interests of the Southern people – the preservation of their liberty, prosperity, culture, and identity.
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?