Secession: Are We Free to Go?




Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election, or perhaps something deeper?   Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures.  Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn’t hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union.

Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States?  Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War.  On the contrary; the principles of self-governance and voluntary association are at the core of our founding.  Clearly Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825, he concluded that states:

“should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left, are the dissolution of our Union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.”

Keep in mind that the first and third paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence expressly contemplate the dissolution of a political union when the underlying government becomes tyrannical.

Do we have a “government without limitation of powers” yet?  The Federal government kept the Union together through violence and force in the Civil War, but did might really make right?

Secession is a deeply American principle.  This country was born through secession.  Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots.

There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.  That is what our Revolutionary War was all about and today our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform.  In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo.  If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it.

Consider the ballot measures that passed in Colorado and Washington state regarding marijuana laws.  The people in those states have clearly indicated that they are ready to try something different where drug policy is concerned, yet they will still face a tremendous threat from the federal government.  In California, the Feds have been arresting peaceful medical marijuana users and raiding dispensaries that state and local governments have sanctioned. This shouldn’t happen in a free country.

It remains to be seen what will happen in states that are refusing to comply with the deeply unpopular mandates of Obamacare by not setting up healthcare exchanges.  It appears the Federal government will not respect those decisions either.

In a free country, governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. When the people have very clearly withdrawn their consent for a law, the discussion should be over.  If the Feds refuse to accept that and continue to run roughshod over the people, at what point do we acknowledge that that is not freedom anymore?  At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government?  And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?

If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government, they cannot truly be considered free.

 



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  1. His true goal was to awaken masses and deliver the message of liberty. He's accomplished that

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  2. they're just exercising their 1st amendment rights (free speech). just because you don't agree with them that doesn't mean they can't express themselves.

    Only dictators like Hitler or Putin or China disallow people to exercise their free speech by saying that they're "traitors"

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  3. This video, and the majority of the comments on it, are treason.

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  4. its my life goal to have a face to face convo with Ron Paul

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  5. We are not free and we won't be until we take responsibility for our self.
    /watch?v=-8bqQ-C1PSE

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  6. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW BRAINWASHED PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH ARE!

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  7. Now he wants to fight? He didn't fight for the presidency. What makes you think he's going to fight for you now. what happened Ron, you could've gone independent, you could've started a new party. damn people, I believe in the movement I really do. I supported Ron Paul, every time he ran for president. but for Christ sake realize this man has been compromised, or you're no better than some Obama zombie or Mittens kittens.Ron needs to realize the error of his ways and admit it .

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  8. Mr Paul America needs you sir!!

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  9. You are a great man Dr.Paul.

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  10. Look up UN AGENDA 21 & what will do to the USA & how will it effect you, then you will have a big change of heart towards the Elites & their plans for the USA, wake up, this is no joke folks! You think it is bad now, it will only get worse unless you wake up & act!

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  11. !!!RON PAUL!!! For life!! The time is now to choose what side you want to fight for! Humankind vs satanic reptoid demonoid decievers?? Fuck the laws!! Overthrow today!!

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  12. Yeah you're right but still, you shouldn't underestimate the cartels. Just look at how they own almost all of Mexico, not to mention they have pretty much paid off or intimidated most of the police and government there. Don't you think Texas could share a similar fate. The cartels have already been linked to killings in Texas, which shows they have already been there, and they're pretty comfortable killing people despite being here in the U.S.

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  13. We need more good cops like you!!

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  14. Will he continue Texas straight talk after leaving congress?!

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  15. That is a rather illogical statement to make, to say that all of the petitioners are stupid. Certainly there are those racist, uneducated, bible lovers who make up a number of the petitioners. However Ron Paul has a point. The USA is a hypocritical, war-mongering, civilian-surveying , police state.

    If people who have made their homes in their state decide they can't be apart of such a country no longer, they have the right to Secede. The federal government has no claim to state-owned land.

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  16. That is a rather illogical statement to make, to say that all of the petitioners are stupid. Certainly there are those racist, uneducated, bible lovers who make up a number of the petitioners. However Ron Paul has a point. The USA is a hypocritical, war-mongering, civilian-surveying , police state.

    If people who have made their homes in their state decide they can't be apart of such a country no longer, they have the right to Secede. The federal government has no claim to state-owned land.

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  17. Yep, the myth of property ownership is one of my favorite things of being free.

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  18. Yep, the myth of property ownership is one of my favorite things of being free.

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  19. Secession is what they want us to do.... This is all planned.... Instead . Abolish and replace that little ten square mile they call DC... Also, nullification... If its against that includes Military and law enforcement... All that the constitution, the REAL law of the land, do not comply.. If good men do nothing, Evil wins....

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  20. Secession is what they want us to do.... This is all planned.... Instead . Abolish and replace that little ten square mile they call DC... Also, nullification... If its against that includes Military and law enforcement... All that the constitution, the REAL law of the land, do not comply.. If good men do nothing, Evil wins....

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