No true son of Christendom can be against empire in principle. What is the alternative to empire? The "right to self-determination" for every conceivable racial, religious, and random grouping of individuals? That is a recipe for anarchy and endless revolution. But we may oppose this or that empire for moral or pragmatic reasons, and we may even promote the (non-absolute) right of secession for moral or pragmatic reasons. The question, for us, is whether the American empire has outlived its legitimate mandate, and whether secession or resistance might be, in some cases, a moral imperative.