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.


  • Hey, bro, that’s kind of sort of offensive, no offense. I’m a liberal, and I’ve NEVER liked Obama. And using those kinds of words do not help your case, actually they don’t help anyone’s case and people will see that comment and deem it trash because of the language used. Should’ve just let that other guy’s poor grammar speak for itself. Now, you’re making no one look good.

  • Ron Paul looks like Frank Woods.

  • Dr Paul is right of course.
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

  • It is anti-American only insofar as it rejects the notion that America in its current instantiation is a product of the principles upon which it was founded. To desire secession is for the people of a nation to reject its current actuality based on the knowledge of its own intrinsic principles and ideals. This indicates the every present historical tension between the principles on which a country is based and the temptation to deviate from those principles through time and political pressure.

  • How ever so kind of you, my brother of equal standing. Please, stay and chat with me you disgusting fucking degenerate, so we can brainstorm as to how we got to this level.

  • You disgusting fucking degenerate.

  • I’m in love with a 76 year old man. I’m not even sorry, mom.

  • While it is true that secession is an ‘American’ principle in a historical context – that meaning that we were formed via secession and have encourages secession in other nations – it does not follow that to want to secede is not still strictly anti-American. To secede is to say, in essence, ‘We no longer wish to be a part of the United States of America’. Seeing that ‘America’ is the short name of ‘United States of America’, it is correct to say that secession is anti-American in that context

  • People often us Ad Hominem, because they are ignorant, and don’t have the tools to do a proper debate. Ad Hominem is an attack towards the messenger’s character in order to discount the message they give no matter how much it is true. So you out there who don’t like him, guess what, too bad. Just because you don’t like him, it doesn’t mean the truths that he acknowledges is any less true. Other than that he has limits of knowledge for he is only one person JUST LIKE YOU.

  • Not exactly. I don’t listen to Limbaugh, and I still think Ron Paul is a little cooky. Doesn’t mean he can’t be right every now and again.

  • Not exactly. I don’t listen to Limbaugh, and I still think Ron Paul is a little cooky. Doesn’t mean he can’t be right every now and again.

  • oh damn, i didn’t know our political issues were like a football game. i’m still waiting…for Obama to do something to make this a better country. I’ll be back in 3 years to say the same thing.

  • the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poor the rich needs to fill what the poor people are going throw. the rich got thay heaven made here on earth the poor will have thay heaven when god come save us so we can live the good life like the rich .because there no rich people going to gods heaven one day wee are going to be on top so stop hateing Obama thank you by tommie hooper god will show uall batter thin I can the time is not long

  • sore fucking losers, that is all this bull shit is

  • sore fucking losers, that is all this bull shit is

  • I am all for seceding. Texas has a huge industry. We can sustain our own crops, we have a huge chunk of the defense industry and our own ports. Just to name a few. Texas could make it on its own… We dont need anything from the north. And Ron Paul can be our president. If it aint broke dont fix it. And Texas aint broke…

  • oh, so that’s it. your arguement is to put words in my mouth saying I said things about bush 6 years ago? i’ve never called bush a redneck. being a redneck myself i’d never make that mistake. bush was a rich kid from conneticut who went to yale and harvard. now tell me some of the other things i’ve never said to make your point. hell, you even called me a liberal. that is to laugh. democrats and republicans neither one have my best interests at heart.

  • Noone said you can’t honor your god you gigantic moron, we’re just saying the state can’t sponsor your god.

  • Are we gonna get to see Mr Paul on youtube like this ?

  • “he’s your president to, bub.”

    Where were you dickless Liberal faggots 6 years ago? Oh yeah, he was too much of a “redneck” (the new Nigger) for you eh? How Progressive! Now kindly STFU and go back to your Obama shrine.