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.


  • Yes, because you know more than him…

  • I can’t believe I’m saying this… but Paul is talking some sense.

  • Listen to this man, conservatives. Losing Texas, or any solid red state for that matter, would be AWESOME!!! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  • just go to northwestfront /org

  • It was the democrats that started the civil war, The republicans and south wanted peace.

  • Ron Ron Ron … you have way too much free time on your hands. Hearing this, I am glad you never became president.

  • AMEN

  • A “Constitutional Committee” needs 38 Governors ? WE THE PEOPLE can and WILL clean the HOUSES ! We NEED to make these “Civil Servants work for US, like they are supposed to !!! Governors can END this OLIGARCHY. They MUST FEAR us AGAIN or Revolution and Bloodshed WILL occur ! Governors CAN STOP this self serving , corrupt Administration …. QUICKLY ! Someone start a “38 GOVERNORS NEEDED” Facebook Page , P L E A S E !!!!

  • It is an issue because it states that someone who owns a buisness cannot deny service for a reason that should even be an issue, the color of someones skin. It is a buisness owned by an individual who should be able to deny service to anyone they choose. I suspect you will not agree and I respect that. The Racist card is over played, it is time to disregard that move and consider the fact that if someone judges based on skin color then they are at a disadvantage.

  • Ok dude when I say “the south” you should know where I am taking about. I am not referring to Miami, Dallas, Houston, ATL, Northern Va etc… I am taking about the real inbred states like Mississippi, West VA and Alabama. You know places that don’t really matter. I mean lets be real, what would we lose from MS leaving the U.S? (besides a few soldiers)

  • Mysty333

    In any business in the world people who do their job badly are held accountable – except government employees. No one else is given a free ride for 4 to 6 years and then put on a lifetime pension when they mess up! Why do we put up with this?!

    Why don’t we all just stop paying income taxes! Wouldn’t that be the ultimate Statement! We pay add-on taxes for most everything we buy – I’m sure it would be enough for the absolute essentials! They can’t lock us all up!

  • Sorry, I should take my own advice and not respond to idiots. Have a great evening gentlemen.

  • Eddie

    Maybe I’m just a “paranoid conspiracy theorist,” but to quote Admiral Ackbar: “It’s a trap!”

    Let’s see:
    – 30,000 (armed) spy drones in our skies, over the next decade
    – virtually every federal agency–even the SSA!–is stockpiling hollow point bullets, which leave bigger holes in their victims.
    – NDAA, which allows the military (under arm of the federal government, not states) to detain anyone, without reason, warrant, or trial.
    – The “join-training exercise” which will bring 30,000 *Russian troops* onto US soil.
    – The recent NATO event, in Chicago, where tons of NATO “peace officers” (not US, but that of foreign countries), were on our streets, in one of the biggest cities in the US.

    The talk and stirring up the “need to succeed,” is just the sort of incident the globalists need, to execute their plans, which range from 100% police state, to “plans for depopulation.”

  • Jus felt my respect for this guy dwindle massively in 4:40 minutes…thought he was the reasonable republican

  • Lol Jscott is using the whole “I’m black, Ron Paul 2012” Tactic. PATHETIC. Jscott, you believe that Texas is going to secede from U.S? Not happening buddy, not in a million years. That will only happen if Ron Paul is in office and that ain’t happening anytime, soon. Either.

  • Like I say, get away from Ron Paul. So much hatred and discontent make people live in an alternate reality.
    But do not despair my friend, I have good news for you, the Crackpot is so old and decrepit that he is actually retiring.
    The bad news is that we still have to deal with his son who is and even an bigger Crackpot and racist than he is.
    The man actually said in public, he has problem with the civil right act because forbids business owners to deny service to Black people. Ballsy.

    • I’d rather have an ‘old Crackpot’ with intelligence, knowledge, and passion on my side, than some clueless little nit like yourself making self-contradictory statements regarding “racists” whilst incorporating a personal dislike toward “old” people.

      “So much hatred and discontent make people live in an alternate reality.” From my alternate reality to your ignorant reality: Get screwed you pathetic piece of excrement.

  • By the way, not to break your incredible grasp of historical “facts”, but you might want to look into the early secessionist movements of the northern states in regard to the Fugitive Slave laws. I’m sure they were just racists too.

  • How did you know? Yes, I want a new confederacy. Since I’m black, we’re going to have to enslave a new group of people.
    Your bigotry and prejudice is showing in full view. Let me guess, you probably don’t consider yourself intolerant?
    Do you watch MSNBC at all?

  • No need to. My statements are simple historical Facts.
    Let me guess some conservative version of the Confederacy, The civil war and secession from a Tea Party Wackjob like Ron Paul.

    You better break that Bubble, or it will consume you.

  • 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.