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.


  • And you mean to claim the colonists did not try peaceful means to disconnect from the British (in other words, secede)?

  • Sorry, I responded to the wrong comment!

  • While I agree with you for the most part, our government being ruled by these people, I assume you mean the free masons, is absolutely no new thing. We just haven’t bothered to notice because most people have been tricked into thinking everything is just peachy. It’s like the difference between dipping your hand in boiling water, versus slowly heating the water up with your hand in it. You won’t notice before it’s too late.

  • New England could say things like this, “We will pay S.S. but defend ourselves. We want a New England Public Bank, as Nebraska has had for over 90 years. That is part of our we’ll fund our States.” When saying that at the local VFW back in the 90s they would ask, “What are you?” “A New New Englander,” this Space Cowboy would respond. “D.C. will still have its place.”

  • That’s an over-simplification of the problem.

  • Yeah, amazing! I’m learning new things from him all the time.

  • Imagine if the races separated in america into separte states with some multi cutural states for good measure. Phoooeee! Trouble’s a brewin’!

  • No matter what you do, since you don’t follow Ron Paul principles of money, therefore sooner the dollar will collapse.

  • No matter what you do, since you don’t follow Ron Paul principles of money, therefore sooner the dollar will collapse.

  • THERE YA GO! Just what the government wants … Racial divide! it’s F*****G NOT ABOUT RACE IT’S ABOUT A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!! WAKE UP! BEFORE IT’S TOO ;ATE TO WAKE UP!


  • What makes you think that people won’t be starving in the streets under Obama? At least people would have the right to give a shit under Ron Paul. This man cares about the Constitution. If you don’t like the Constitution then why are you even posting here troll?

  • Tonyturbo19

    I say secession is good. I say civil war is inevitable in America. I say I am a Wa State Militia group leader & and we are tired of liberal thinking weakening this country..If our civil liberties like the second amendment are threatened we will not be political about issues destroying America. We will stand.

  • Let Texas Secede!

  • Dr. Paul schools us at 3:29.


  • Great nations are built on immigration. They also die through immigration.

    Multi-ethnic empires always break apart. White Liberals, stop living in the past, secession is coming, ok? Join us, or rot in your own 3rd world, racially diverse hellhole.

  • not at all.. obama is not bad because of all that.., but I have no time to educate someone with such a low level of analysis. Educate yourself buddy.. you are being duped. So before you call people names, especially the only person in the senate who had the balls and common sense to speak the truth, make sure have a more solid grasp of the issues at hand.

  • Ron Paul president for new republic.

  • OK – so Obama is bad because there are so many unemployed yet all unemployed people are bad? Food stamps which help the impoverished survive and feed their children. Perhaps for a anarcho-facist like yourself and that old fuck Paul the weak should all die, but the rest of us in the civilized world refuse to resort to our basest instincts. I am a student but even if I was the thing you said I was – I would not be ashamed, so enough with the Rob Swanson routine.