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 bet you are on food stamps and unemployment… people like you bring the country down.. loser!

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  • Ron Paul – fucking idiot keep to be being a pussy surgeon in bumfucksville, Texas , one of the reasons why the Federalist Party collapsed was because it pushed for New England secession right before the end of the war of 1812 – they were perceived as treasonous. We all know that the Confederates were treasonous. Wanting to destroy the country because you don’t like who the president is perhaps the most unamerican thing possible.

  • I don’t think there will be enough endorsement for secession until after the AMT tax hits about 30 million ,unsuspecting people nationwide after the economy falls off the’ fiscal cliff ‘.Whether the amt patch is worked or not will determine the anger of the people and April tax time will be a telling sign.

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  • Wish this man was our president.

  • I’m thankful for hearing this video as it restores some hope. Ron Paul is in my heart/my American President.

  • And if we could get these crazy 3rd party conspiracy cultists to vote for the opponent of the Progressives maybe we could retain the great shinning city on the hill as our founding fathers called it.

  • The colonies only asked for a representation within the British parliament. Britain refused this quite reasonable request and a war ensued. If you are an American, you should be glad it did for then was birthed the greatest country in history . A child of the enlightenment and a child of Judeo-Christian values. It was reasonable request for such a huge country since most of them considered themselves to be British.

  • What was weak about it-cat got your fingers? Ron Paul people have no depth or historical knowledge. They are the new Brown Shirts-have another beer and wait for the Night of the Long Knives.

  • If you secede you will no longer be an American, so it is very Un-American. DUH!

  • The colonists started fighting the British over a year before they served the British with the Declaration of Independence. The war was the Revolutionary War because they revolted.

    The Civil War was a war of Secession.
    South Carolina served the Federal Government with secession documents in 1864 followed by the other southern states.

    the difference possibly requires more historical knowledge than you seem to have.

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  • I think the idea of succession is a very good principle. Doctor Paul is 100% correct that allowing even the possibility of discussion of it is a forgotten American Principle. And the oddity of people claiming it treasonous sickens Me to the core. It goes to show how much the Fascists have had an effect upon our society.

    I, for one, being in the state of Arizona who filed just such a petition find that I am in full support of the idea. I signed the aforementioned petition. It is time for the States to declare their Rights and to teach the federal government that they do NOT own the citizens. They (the government) has been under the false assumption since the 1900s that we the people are here to serve them when just exactly the opposite is the truth of the matter.

    “When the People fear the Government, there is Tyranny”
    “When the Government fears the People, there is Liberty”

    Its time to strike fear in their hearts.

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  • Exactly.

  • Past tense since he is now out of politics. 🙁