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.


  • lot of trolls here against ron.

  • So if they wanted to that’s a bad thing? I understand them taking it seriously for how corrupt the government is I would wan to leave. Because if we can’t fix the government what’s the point in staying? Not a dumbass for that smartass.

  • Christ how old will he be by then? 100?

  • only fucked up shit went down lately..could it be 2012!!!111!!!

  • I have seceded from the human race.

  • I know, and so is New Jersey.

    But the south is far more likely to actually take secession seriously, dumb-ass.

  • Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. wh{dot}gov/98n0

  • lololololol

  • Wouldn’t it be great to see the governors of the seceded states recall the troops from their states to report to the governors office until a new president is elected? Then we’d see the seceded states begin mining for gold and silver so they could begin coining and printing a common currency backed by gold silver for circulation among the seceded states? Can you imagine how many jobs would be created overnight? It’s not the government’s job to create jobs, it’s their job to let US create jobs.

  • It would be a big loss to the united states for Texas to succeed and be a big gain for Texas to be its own country again…

  • This sheep must have not gotten his hay this morning. By the way new york is apart of this dumbass which is northerner.

  • And I’m sure you’ll enjoy becoming a third-world nation 3 years after you secede, and then Mexico will take you over.

    That’d be beautiful.

    Fuck Texas.

  • why would we? California is the best!

  • we in Quebec Canada we have that same idea

  • Haha spot on my friend.

  • the new terrorist/racist —
    the US citizen that advocates or introduces anything that identifies secession as possible

  • Good luck with that.

  • Good fucking riddance to all of the idiot states, i.e., the deep south.

    Go ahead and secede you fucking reality-denying, bigoted morons.

  • Whatever you say. Troll on, child. Oh, and have fun trying to collect your foodstamps/disability/etc when the economy collapses, you socialist, piece of trash.

  • The only thing Paul will ever be president of is the “18th Century-Loving Club.”