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.


  • I was referring to the current 50 states. Good luck to Ireland and Scotland, I’m not up to date with the conditions over there.

  • DIRECT LINK to Texas secession petition: wh(dot)gov/98n0

  • And you’re fucking crazy for enjoying the status quo. Listen and learn dipshit cause it’s the thinking of your likes who’ve suppressed our growth.

  • Shame he didn’t win. I love hearing him talk about facts.

  • Ron Paul should have been elected instead of Barack Obama. The people of this country know nothing.

  • What about Ireland and Scotland?

  • The progressive era has proven a failure.

    Prosperity is IMPOSSIBLE while a Central Banking Monopoly, Fiat Debt-Currency & Fractional Reserve Banking allows Deficits.

    The Fed corrupts crony politicians with power to borrow, debase & spend to buy ‘support’ from Special Interest Groups, Unions, ‘Too Big to Fail’ Corporations, the Military-Industrial Complex & Wall Street Cartels.

    Central Banking = Political Bribery & Cronyism!

    Posted in comments by-Tim on, The Hill website. 2-7-11

  • I love this man.

  • Very, very gullible.

  • It wasn’t though.

  • Ron Paul’s family is full of freemasons.

  • Yeah right. No new country will be formed peacefully. The U.S. of A will remain intact until total global collapse, guaranteed.

  • Get lost.. quick!!!

  • Obama cannot make the the country recover from the 16 trillion dollar deficit (which is climbing instead of falling). I reckon you are looking at Martial Law when the fall comes. There is no way around it! Perhaps, just perhaps those looking at secession see the writing on the wall and know what is coming!

  • Founding Fathers intended states to be sovereign entities to avoid federal overextension.

    They must have been “fucking crazy” aswell.

  • Fuck you, you condescending son of a bitch.

    I plan on working for the rest of my life, as do most people. Go fuck yourself and your pitiful, 19th century beliefs, you goddamn prick.

  • Paving the path to the Amero one video at a time.



  • He’s literally 1 of the 8 honest, legitimate, and principled politicians to ever sit in government in the 20/21 century.