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.


  • Why?

  • Never argue with an idiot. They will just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  • How does that Government cool aid taste?

  • Liberty? Liberty from what?
    This why I mean when I said you live inside a bubble.

    What history are you talking about? the history of oppression that the ancestors of Tea Party inflicted on every immigrant, every Black, and every Native American?
    With the exception of very small periods of real movement toward liberty, that history you are talking about is a history to preserve hatred and despair.

  • The Libs NEED to worry about secession… It’s the only thing that will put them back in their box.

    Question: When Kalifornia goes bankrupt (which is sure to happen), do they expect everyone else to do somersaults on the way to bailing their asses out?

    Just asking…

  • Actually they do…he got elected time and again. We can get more at the local and state legislative areas…which is where it matters when the crash comes. People need to quit trying for president and focus where we can get people in. Ron Paul’s presidential runs were about getting the message out to the masses…not him being president.

  • Love you Ron!

  • Couldn’t agree more on that part.

  • Surfisher

    Ron Paul schools Barack Hussein:
    “If you don’t know the Constitution (the one you swore to protect) you shouldn’t be in Office.”

    10 minute video — spread it like wildfire!

    Also, note how without a teleprompter BHO can’t put two words together without mumbling, bumbling and stumbling.

  • Im trying to question. And you should be a little concerned over that cult like behavior of yours, everyone disagreeing is not a troll, I supported Paul once. No he does not like the US constitution, maybe the confederate one. The FED according to the constitution should be nationalized under congress, not abolished, thats unconstitutional!

  • You’re not defining a capitalist state, that’s a fascist state, which is what we are currently in. It is basically Communism with a capitalist veneer.

  • It is a nice way to escape the $40k debt per person the federal government has loaded on everyone. Then with all the lower taxes companies would flock to that new state and it would become the economic powerhouse of North America with millions of new jobs and you could use the constitution again. It wouldn’t be illegal to drink raw milk, catch rain water, grow crops, use hemp for building or have internet freedom. It would restrain the tyranny.

  • There’s no “I (my)” in a sinking boat! Well, there is but that’s only a letter… two 😛

  • As opposed to a capitalist state where 1% steals from the rest of 99%, while tantalizing them with the hypothetical chance to become rich?
    Communism had far worse aspects than “stealing from each other”, you greedy basterds!

  • No, I am a Mutualist. ‘Tea party’ at first was a small grass roots movements that wanted just policy changes in reflection against increasing state power and then the GOP went in as numbers grew and took it over changing it into joke mainstream political empty rhetoric so much that simple minded fucks like yourself just poison the well like you did just now against liberty movements. Calling yourself sane because you deny history is just stupid, you aren’t being rationally objective.

  • “Unamerican” and “treason”… I think he pokes Cenk Uygur from TYT :))

  • We will. Move to a state that wants to live under tyranny. I’ll stick with “MY” freedom, “MY” guns, “MY” property and “MY” Money. We’ll both be happy then wont we?

  • The Federal Reserve gets all their money from tax paying citizens, now you cut off the taxes going to the Feds and their abuse of us is gone. This is the best ways to bankrupt those that control us and go back to the 10th Amendment where states run their own money and none goes to the federal government. Problem solved!!!!

  • I used to think that ron paul had good ideas. This is a terrible idea. What the hell is he talking about.? Maybe he is going senial. What the states should become their own countries? STUPID IDEA> count me out.

  • Rand Paul is nothing like his father. It’s very sad.