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.


  • we already proved too much states rights is a bad thing with the articles of confederation which nearly tore our country apart before it even really started. the fed is not always a good thing, but according to history it usually is

  • All I see is crying and bitch from you people. WAAHHH WAAH WAAAH MY CANDIDATE DIDN’T WIN SO NOW I WANT TO LEAVE WAAAH WAAAH WAAAH. There is no communism here fucking wake up.

  • I have tried my best to conclude the implications of a return to the gold standard on one page:

  • Ron Paul has as good as a chances to inciting secession by any Sate, are as good as the chances of Ron Paul winning Presidential Campaign, and we know how that worked out for him the last 50 years, don’t we.
    I am sure he gets Crackpots like you to go alone, but again you are not exactly an ordinary sane American you are very special, you are a Tea Party

  • Too bad, that in it’s current form, it is not our political system.

  • Too bad folks like Ron Paul don’t have a chance in our political system.

  • Who said anything about whites? I’m talking about you and your ideology.

  • Sighn the petion for secession of Texas on the white house web site

  • The historical precedent of secession in this country is that States who wish to leave do offer to pay their share of the national debt.

  • 10th amendment look it up.

  • History shows us that when people have the full measure of the fruits of their labor, and when left in liberty, those persons assume the duty of charity. People weren’t starving in the streets en masse in the early Republic. Plus a non welfare state means everyone’s baseline wealth is greater.

  • Isn’t it also very American to have slavery and voting rights only for white men who held property?

  • The new embattled minority has arrived. Whites

  • If you leave, just pay your debts, that’s all. If not, prepare for war. I have a family to take care of. States that don’t pay their debts will create a death sentence for everyone else. I’d cut your head off and stick it on the end of pike to protect my family.

  • I never said our current situation was fine, we need serious action if we want to get out of debt. I do NO believe that the NWO is moving in to take away our civil liberties, or that it even exists in the first place.

  • Like Ron, you are no student of American history. The colonists were fighting the British for over a year before they decided to write the Declaration of Independence. They never sought secession from the British-they rebelled.

  • Well for someone who’s so sure that whites will be smashed, you are certainly concerned. Don’t hate appreciate

  • The new embattled minority has arrived. Whites. It’s time to face the cold facts.

  • No you fight for a backwards concept of racial identity that has no place in the 21st century. The only freedom you give a damn about are those for white people. You could care less what happens to others who don’t share your shallow mutation of skin tone.

    Your inbred ass would be smashed by the Feds in mere days.

  • A minority? Well that’s true. There aren’t much people in this world with an IQ less than 10. But being white doesn’t make you a minority or intelligent for that matter. No, I’m gloating that morons like you no longer have a large sway in politics. You don’t represent whites and most whites would consider you a moron.

    Leave where? To the moon hopefully. No one in this world wants you. I’m not a Marxist either.