Article X has ten sections to it that cover a diverse array of subjects. I will go over them one-by-one.
Section 1 – the flag
English shall be the spoken and written language of this Confederacy, and the Gadsden flag shall be its official flag.
The Gadsden flag looks like this:
but there are many other variations. It is a purely American flag that just about everybody recognizes. The NAC‘s war section puts forth a doctrine of strictly defensive warfare. An enemy force has to come here, and actually put their foot on our soil, before we can drive them off. The Gadsden flag transmits this same theme of justified defense. The rattlesnake won’t strike until you first put your foot on it. It is just minding its own business going about its day, but making that peculiar rattling sound as a warning that “‘Although I won’t attack you unprovoked, if you step on me, I WILL STRIKE!” The NAC and the Gadsden flag, then, go hand-in-hand. This flag, in fact, already has a place in the hearts of Americans and will serve to bind the new Confederacy together, for all can get behind this flag.
Section 1 – the language
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.
“If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.
“We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul [sic] loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” (Excerpted from a letter written by Theodore Roosevelt shortly before his death in January 1919, just a few months after the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I. Bold font added by me.)
The United States under the USC doesn’t have an official language. The NAC will change that. To English. But this only applies to the Confederacy, not to the States. What will be the effect of this?
On the surface, the effect appears to be negligible. The NAC does not constrain the federal government to speak and write in English. Nor does it constrain the States. Nor does it constrain the people. It merely gives an officially recognized spoken and written language to the federal government (the Confederacy.) The Confederacy is still free to speak and write in any language they choose, and so are the States, and so are their people. However, there are also these sections of the NAC:
Article XII. Section 2. Men who are natural-born citizens of any State, that marry wives by right, with manus, shall have power to confer naturalized citizenship upon their wives, provided a wife first passes an English proficiency test and enters into a covenant to obey, honor and sustain the laws of the State of which her husband is a resident, both of which shall be administered by the State of which her husband is a resident; and such men shall naturalize their wives by issuing a writ of citizenship, which writ shall be certified by the State of which her husband is a resident, which certified writ shall be binding and valid in the eyes of the law.
Article XII. Section 3. Three natural-born upstanding citizens of no small reputation, who are residents of the same city, town, village or municipality as a resident foreigner, who are well acquainted with the foreigner and can attest to the good character of the same, shall have power to petition for citizenship in his or her behalf, and put his or her name down on an election ballot of that city, town, village or municipality, so that the citizens thereof may give their voice for or against granting citizenship to said foreigner; and should the voice come in favor, the resident foreigner shall be empowered to take an English proficiency test, administered by his or her State of residence, and when the test has been passed, the foreigner shall have power to enter into a covenant, administered by the same State, to obey, honor and sustain the laws of said State, to be numbered as a naturalized citizen of said State, to renounce allegiance to the foreigner’s country of origin, to keep the peace and support the cause of liberty in the land, and to call him or herself an American; and after these ceremonies, said State shall issue a certificate of naturalized citizenship to the foreigner, which shall be valid and binding in the eyes of the law.
These sections mandate that all naturalized citizens be proficient in English. Now, this doesn’t mean that they have to speak or write English after they take their test. No, they are still free to speak and write in any language they choose. But the net effect of these three sections, taken together, will be PROFOUND, not only here in America, but also in all the world.
So, what will happen? This: all people in the entire world—who will now have their focus on America because of the NAC, and who will desire to come here and become Americans—knowing of these sections, will perceive that to be American, one must be able to communicate in the common tongue of the Americans, which they will perceive and believe will be American English. This will cause a huge demand for American English language instruction in all the world, which demand will be met, and people of all nations will be learning American English (not British English) en masse. And when these people come here, they will be constrained, not by the NAC nor by any law, but by their desire to be and feel American, to speak the common tongue of the Americans, even American English, which they will do, having learned the language either abroad or here in America.
In other words, the NAC is going to cause American English language instruction and communication to enter a new phase or condition, in which instead of the debasement of language as time goes on, people from all parts of the Earth will “newly discover” the language and adopt it as their own, and this will transform American English in ways that cannot be known, except through the revelations and visions of the Almighty.
To be clearer in writing, the NAC is going to American Anglicize the entire world, through them learning this language, and then the entire world is going to transform American English into…something else. Into its next evolution of language. Not a debasement, but an evolution. Now, to understand this, it we must look to the past.
In 1066 William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy (part of modern France), invaded and conquered England. The new conquerors (called the Normans) brought with them a kind of French, which became the language of the Royal Court, and the ruling and business classes. For a period there was a kind of linguistic class division, where the lower classes spoke English and the upper classes spoke French. In the 14th century English became dominant in Britain again, but with many French words added. This language is called Middle English.
The Normandy invasion transformed the English language. This same thing is going to happen again, but on a global scale, as all foreigners coming here likewise transform the language, adding exceedingly many more words to our lexicon, from their own languages, making English a truly global language, a language like no other. The NAC, then, is going to dominate the global landscape, in one sense, by pushing American English to the very front.
(Now, this change in language conditions will have prophetic implications, for more records will be coming, which will be translated first into English, and then from English into other languages, but I won’t go into that in this post.)
Additionally, this little tidbit about English being the official language will serve to unite all those people who have been clamoring for English to be the official American language, and for this reason alone they will support the NAC. How many people does this represent? I have no idea. But I think there are about 23 or so States that have already passed “official language” laws, making English that State’s official language. So, these sections of the NAC on language may turn a great many Americans in favor of the NAC.
Section 2 – treaties
This section does away with all treaties currently had under the USC, but allows the Confederacy to renew any such treaties that either, 1) conform to the NAC, or 2) can be made to conform to the NAC. The effect of this section will be immediate and global in its impact, given the large number of treaties the United States currently has with so many entities. The world is going to reel on this one, and more especially if their treaties cannot be made to conform to the NAC, or if the Confederacy refuses to renew any of these treaties. In particular the military treaties, which call for the United States to send military forces offshore, and thus which cannot be made to conform to the NAC, are going to create havoc among the governments of the world which rely upon the military arm of the U.S. for their protection or as “the world police,” etc. There will be no more American soldiers dying in their behalf. The poor babies will have to use their own men as fodder. The tax treaties will go up in smoke, too, making other nations lose money. Needless to say, this section of the NAC is going to send certain prominent and important heads of State spinning in rage around the world.
Section 3 – Indian treaties
The NAC mandates that Congress renew the earliest Indian treaties that they can find and make to agree with it. The effect of this section will be very interesting, to say the least. Considering all the broken treaties the U.S. has had with the Indians under the USC, this section of the NAC ought to raise the eyebrows of the Indian tribes, as well as all those who are concerned about them. We might end up seeing many Indian tribes promoting the NAC themselves, once they find out about it.
O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people. (2 Nephi 29:5)
Strangely enough, the NAC actually, in this section, will allow the Gentiles to recover the Indian tribes somewhat, by renewing the earliest treaties. But I cannot see the full effect of this section of the NAC, except that it will cause yet one more change of conditions among the people.
Section 4 – reparations to emancipated slaves
This section codifies reparations, but only upon proof of lineage. This will raise the eyebrows of the African American population, pulling them, perhaps, into the NAC’s promotion and coalition. This may also cause an increase in genealogical research. Both those who are for and against reparations will support the NAC on this point, because no reparation funds will come out of State monetary contributions, which is the only reason why people are against reparations, (for they don’t want to pay for them.)
The above four sections will serve to unite diverse groups of Americans in support of the NAC, allowing for easier passage. Section 5 has already been covered in previous parts of this series, and concerns nullification of SCOTUS rulings, so I will skip over it.
Section 6 – no more leagues and alliances
The NAC is brutal in its dismantling. For example, this section not only gets the U.S. out of the United Nations, but also gets the United Nations out of the U.S., evicting them from our lands. All other such leagues are treated in an equal manner. So long communists, socialists, collectivists and all the rest. We will meet again on the field of battle.
Section 7 – the commonwealths are freed
All commonwealths and Territories held under the USC are made free and independent. So, Puerto Rico, and the rest of you, so long and thanks for all the fish. (Nevertheless, if you can conform to the NAC, maybe we will let y’all back in as yet another State of the Confederacy.) Personally, I cannot wait to see the reaction of the commonwealths and Territories to the NAC. Will they support its passage, or voice their opposition?
Section 8 – back to ambassadors
The NAC, yet again, goes old school, mandating that foreign correspondence be done through ambassadors. There is to be an “ambassador-ish buffer” between the heads of State. No more having one head of State just call up another and saying, “What’s up?”
Section 9 – all laws considered acknowledged
If Congress passes a law, it is considered acknowledged by the people, (unless they nullify it.)
Section 10 – NAC and its treaties are Supreme Law of the Land
This section makes the NAC and its treaties trump State laws.
Okay, so all these sections of this article (Article X) continue to demonstrate superiority to the USC. Feel free to disagree on any point mentioned in this post. Bring your strongest reasons against the NAC and let’s have an open debate. And for those who like the NAC and want to install it as the Supreme Law of the land, here is my advice and prediction (and also see this comment, and this comment and this comment) :
A continual strategy of debate will install the NAC in this country and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. I say that Americans will jump at the chance to debate the NAC and to show that the Constitution is better, but, according to the rules of the debate, they will have to read the NAC first, and once read, they will be hard pressed to defend the Constitution. Thus, everyone who hears, or watches, or reads, or participates in, a NAC debate, will become convinced that the NAC is what this country needs.
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