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.



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  1. [zombie] Neo-Confederate! Racism! [zombie]

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  2. [zombie] Neo-Confederate! Racism! [zombie]

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  3. Such breathtaking simple-minded idiocy. Google "interview with a zombie", zombie.

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  4. Such breathtaking simple-minded idiocy. Google "interview with a zombie", zombie.

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  5. Writer of the pledge of allegiance was a NATIONAL Socialist (Nazi). If you research the original pledge and salute it was a "Sieg Heil!" Nazi-style salute. Of course this salute changed with the demonization of the Nazi party in the 1940s... There are some great arguments about the pledge of allegiance being in fact very UN-American.

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  6. After the Slave State lost the civil war, their answer to the true freedom for all people was the Ku Klux Klan.
    The problem with people like Ron Paul and his followers is that they seek freedom for some people not for all people.
    Dude get away from Ron Paul. Ron Paul is a revisionist history crackpot and a consummated Racist. Read his News Letters so that you have an idea who you are dealing with.

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  7. After the Slave State lost the civil war, their answer to the true freedom for all people was the Ku Klux Klan.
    The problem with people like Ron Paul and his followers is that they seek freedom for some people not for all people.
    Dude get away from Ron Paul. Ron Paul is a revisionist history crackpot and a consummated Racist. Read his News Letters so that you have an idea who you are dealing with.

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  8. I love it when the Ron Paul cult followers come with these silly versions of revisionist history.

    Dude the only example of Secession that we have in the history of the country, is when the southern states declared war on the Union over Lincoln freeing the slaves.
    Those are the "freedom values" that Ron Paul and his followers are romantizing as the glorious pass of secession. It was to take away freedom from the people not to give then freedom.

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  9. I love it when the Ron Paul cult followers come with these silly versions of revisionist history.

    Dude the only example of Secession that we have in the history of the country, is when the southern states declared war on the Union over Lincoln freeing the slaves.
    Those are the "freedom values" that Ron Paul and his followers are romantizing as the glorious pass of secession. It was to take away freedom from the people not to give then freedom.

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  10. C-Span Nov 15th --- AMAZING performance by Ron Paul!

    ABSOLUTELY MUST WATCH AND HEAR EACH SENTENCE HE UTTERS --- STUNNING, in less than 60 min Ron Paul LAYS THE PATH to our Nation's Salvation, that in decades no-one else had been able to state!

    Ron Paul not only dissects the rotten, crooked Government we have, but PRECISELY gives the ACTIONS needed to COUNTER this INSANITY in DC, and bring us, We The People, back to Liberty and Prosperity!

    This is truly an AMAZING interview --- Ron Paul's statements are not just spot on, they are brilliant and self-evident to all that still have a mind of their own!

    MUST WATCH --- AND SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE (before it's too late America)!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8GWTljMw_M&feature=player_embedded

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  11. Explain your point more efficiently. What is this truth?! We all know the truth regardless of Ron Paul and his followers. He is not who he says he is. He's just another politician you guys are waving around in the U.S Flag

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  12. Succession of every State right now would freeze the Industrial Military/Prison Complex in its tracks.

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  13. No it was about finding a way to get the truth out to the masses on TV. They tried at every turn to block him. When it crashes more people will know why so that when it comes to rebuilding there's a greater chance of fixing the problem correctly

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  14. No other candidate was more ridiculed and mocked by the mass media. That alone should tell you he scares the "shadow government". This man has always been consistent with what he believes, he has common sense too. He is a true American unlike the Communist Obama (who is from Kenya) or Romney which is largely just a international business man. :/

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  15. Seriously, the Tea Party has jack to do with secession, which as a concept, has jack to do with the Confederacy and the KKK, and in principal is supposed to essentially emancipate the secessionists from the slavery of the greater unit they are leaving.

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  16. "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?"
    Yeah, every single one of them, that history totally exists.
    That last line was facetious in case you couldn't tell.
    Why are you talking about the Tea Party to this guy when he's already clarified he isn't a member? How does the ability to separate from an entity you don't want to be a part of entail oppressing groups of people?

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  17. "Liberty? Liberty from what?
    This why I mean when I said you live inside a bubble."
    It seems pretty obvious "liberty movement" is supposed to refer to movements that increase people's freedom (namely through lowering or eliminating government restrictions) in this context. And I find it extremely ironic that you tell someone else they're living in a bubble whilst you treat "secession" as synonymous with the Confederacy and the KKK.

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  18. Ron Paul Eternity! WorldTruthOrg

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  19. LOL that run was pretty pointless wasn't it...

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  20. LOL Government kool aid? LMAO Ron Paul supporters are fucking funny!

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