Daniel Kuehn comments on the topic of secession,
It’s not that I think secession is un-American. It’s thoroughly American. But it’s also traitorous and unconstitutional.
There’s irony in the belief that secession from the United States is “thoroughly American,” since the entire purpose is to cease being American in favor of forming a, or sometimes joining another, community. I’m being facetious, to an extent, since what “being American” means in this case is adhering to a certain culture, defined here by the acceptance of the belief in the individual’s right to self-determination. But, this takes me to my more serious criticism of Daniel’s position.
Treason can exist in many forms, and secession ought not be one of them. At least, if we define secession as an act of treason, therefore implying that seceding American colonists committed treason against Great Britain, we should admit that defining secession as treason is not a good argument against it. If we believe that individuals should have a right to self-determination (a means of emancipating the individual from the State), then they have the right to commit treason in the event that they no longer wish to form part of a given political community. Understandably, this makes the word “treason” less loaded than what it connotes, in turn a good argument for not throwing around terms like “treason.”
As far as the “unconstitutional” argument goes, it’s worth considering that American secession from the British Empire also violated the latter’s political legal code. No less, the American constitution was meant to embody certain ideals, which, as I’ve already mentioned a number of times in this post, includes the notion of the right to self-determination. To me, it seems erroneous to argue that exercising a right that’s considered integral to the United States, and represented by the constitution, is a violation of that constitution. Of course, even if it were unconstitutional, I’m not sure it’s a valid argument (there are countries where secession is unconstitutional, which includes Spain).