Ron Paul: Secession Is an American Principle




Ron Paul: This weekend I got a couple of calls from the media asking me questions about Rick Perry, our governor here in Texas and the statements he made about possible secession. Now, he didn’t call for secession, but he was restating a principle that was long held and at least in the original time of our country, and that is that there was a right to secession.

Actually, after the Civil War, nobody believes there is a so-called right to secession, but it is a very legitimate issue to debate because all of the states that came into the Union before the Civil War believed they have a right to secede and New England in the early part of the 19th century actually considered it, and nobody questioned them about whether they had the right to do it or not.

Since the Civil War, it’s been sort of a dead issue, but he brought it up. It stirred the media and believe me, it really stirred some of the liberal media where they started really screaming about what is going on here. “This is un-American”, I heard one individual say, “This is treasonous to even talk about it.”

Well, they don’t know their history very well because if they think about it, it’s an American tradition. It’s very American to talk about secession. That’s how we came into being. Thirteen colonies seceded from the British and established a new country, so secession is very much an American principle.

What about all the strong endorsements we have given over the past decade or two of those republics that seceded from the Soviet system? We were delighted with this. We never said, “Oh no. Secession is treasonous”.

No. Secession is a good principle. Just think of the benefits that would have come over these last 230-some years if the principle of secession had existed. That means the federal government would always have been restrained, not to overburden the states with too much federalism, too many federal rules and regulations.

But since that was all wiped out with the Civil War, the federal government has grown by leaps and bounds and we have suffered the consequences, and we need to reconsider this. It’s not un-American to think about the possibility of secession. This is something that’s voluntary. We came together voluntarily. A free society means you can dissolve it voluntarily. That was the whole issue was about.

Just remember one of the reasons that Wilson drove us in unnecessarily into World War I. He talked about what we have to give, have every country in the world the benefit of self-determination, a good principle. Of course, I don’t think he really believed that. But self-determination is a good principle. It’s a very American principle, so to me it’s a shame that we can’t discuss this.

You know, it’s interesting that so many of us have been taught for so many years, and as long as I can remember from the first grade on up taking the pledge of allegiance that we have a republic that’s “indivisible” and we have been preached that and preached it. So therefore, there is no contest, no question since the Civil War that we have even the thought that this could happen.

But you know what a lot of people don’t talk about and they really don’t even know about is who wrote the pledge to the flag. The pledge to the flag came from, for instance, Bellamy, an avowed Socialist who wanted to put into concrete in the pledge this principle of being indivisible, and he did it, you know, for the celebration ironically 400 years of the celebration of the landing of Christopher Columbus, so it was in 1892.

I mean, the pledge of allegiance has not been here, you know, all our history. So I think it’s worth of discussion. I think people should discuss this because right now, the American people are sick and tired of it all and I think the time will come when people will consider it much more seriously is when the federal government can no longer deliver. That time will come when the dollar collapses.

No matter what they do and how many promises they have and how many bailouts they have, they can’t do it if the money doesn’t work. So then, the independence of the states will come back and it doesn’t mean that you’ll be un-American to even contemplate what might have to be done once the dollar crashes.

While this video was originally recorded on 4/19/2009, Ron Paul spokeswoman Rachel Mills confirmed earlier today (11/13/2012) that Ron Paul “feels the same now” about secession as he did in this video.



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  1. Hola Jorge de antemano quisieramos saber en que lugar de la geografia nacional te encuentras. De esta forma es mucho mas facil para nosotros informarte con precision a que entidad puedes dirigirte.

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  2. that was his opinion doesn't mean it was right

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  3. Lincoln didn't care about the slaves at all

    Lincoln didn't free the slaves the 13th amendment did

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  4. Dem eyebrows...

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  5. southern succession in America, is the only chance for whites that wish to help their kin.

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  6. when they brought in foreign labour that was the start of the end for the U.S

    poor whites would have suffered then and now its the same poor white don't stand a chance in some areas.

    Now its the same in Europe,europeans are losing their jobs to foreign labour, market forces determine that, and they are set when governemts open boarders

    as soon as boaders are gone the trouble really kicks in

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  7. when they brought in foreign labour that was the start of the end for the U.S

    poor whites would have suffered then and now its the same poor white don't stand a chance in some areas.

    Now its the same in Europe,europeans are losing their jobs to foreign labour, market forces determine that, and they are set when governemts open boarders

    as soon as boaders are gone the trouble really kicks in

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  8. when they brought in foreign labour that was the start of the end for the U.S
    poor whites would have suffered then and now its the same poor white don't stand a chance in some areas.
    Now its the same in Europe,europeans are losing their jobs to foreign labour market forces determine that and they are set when governemts open boarders
    as soon as boaders are gone the trouble really kicks in

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  9. Again though, the percentage of soldiers who owned slaves doesn't weigh on the actual cause of the war. God knows they weren't well served in fighting it.

    And while I get the metaphor in saying that we're still all 'slaves' in some way, it doesn't really do justice to the actual slaves to take it so literally. I might hate paying my taxes but I'm not going to be chained and whipped for trying to move somewhere else and no one is going to sell my children away. It was an abomination.

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  10. Again though, the percentage of soldiers who owned slaves doesn't weigh on the actual cause of the war. God knows they weren't well served in fighting it.

    And while I get the metaphor in saying that we're still all 'slaves' in some way, it doesn't really do justice to the actual slaves to take it so literally. I might hate paying my taxes but I'm not going to be chained and whipped for trying to move somewhere else and no one is going to sell my children away. It was an abomination.

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  11. How many of the soldiers who fought in the civil war actually owned slaves? I'm not talking about high ranking officers, but the ones who actually did the killing. War makes slaves of all free men, that is the real slavery. The fact that the north won the war does not mean you or I are not slaves! That is the point, that slavery was not abolished.

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  12. Oh boy. Even though a few thousand slaves managed to escape over all those years, it was barely a fraction of the number held in bondage. Consider that about 2/5 of people in the South were slaves. Slavery wasn't being solved by the 'underground railroad.' It was enough to agitate and threaten the slave owners. They felt the threat to slavery as their dominance in Washington was fading away. Secession leaders made it quite clear why they were leaving. It really was about slavery.

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  13. Oh boy. Even though a few thousand slaves managed to escape over all those years, it was barely a fraction of the number held in bondage. Consider that about 2/5 of people in the South were slaves. Slavery wasn't being solved by the 'underground railroad.' It was enough to agitate and threaten the slave owners. They felt the threat to slavery as their dominance in Washington was fading away. Secession leaders made it quite clear why they were leaving. It really was about slavery.

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  14. In fact, the issue of escaping slaves was a lot of what the political fighting was about prior to the war. The southern leaders, while still holding sway in Washington, didn't care about 'states rights' when they used the federal government to go into free states after their escaped "property." Blacks accused of being escaped slaves had no legal recourse and deserved none, according to those champions of 'freedom.'

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  15. The war was about economics, the south had a large investment in slavery, of course! Very unfortunate that the acts of Lincoln only fortified the powers of the Federal Government (whether intentional or not). The point is that these new powers gained by Lincoln, after the war was over, were never given back to the states, and the Fed grew bigger and more corrupt.

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