Ron Paul on Secession

This is why some of us so love this guy. He says stuff no one else in his position is willing to say.

See the Politico story here.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday that secession was a “deeply American principle,” amid a growing number of people petitioning the White House to let their states secede from the U.S.

“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,” the former presidential candidate wrote in a post on his House website. “There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.”

He continued: “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.”

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2 thoughts on “Ron Paul on Secession

  1. aware

    Pointless to comment at Politico, it is a room full of worshipers of the State and good little conformists. For such as these the State represents a perfection denied them on a personal level. It gives them identity and the illusion they “matter”. But in reality the State is what it always has been, a blunt instrument that once got control of, is used to beat the brains out of all who don’t conform.

    This is why those “enlightened” and “tolerant” pushers of “fairness” and “progress” through the State are actually back alley thugs of the lowest order determined to have their way and yet pretend no personal culpability. It is no coincidence these same people push the “virtues” of democracy and intentionally conflate the meanings of republic and democracy.

  2. C Bowen (Hawthorne)


    The right overdoes the ‘republic’ vs ‘democracy’ rhetoric. What we have today is a perversion of what the ancients meant by ‘democracy’ which came with a serious critique of citizenship. Just to borrow from arch-liberal, JS Mills, if you get a government check (civil service, contractors, military), if you just got off the boat/your parents got off the boat, you don’t get to vote.


    Where Dr. Paul missed an opportunity was to explain that secession (and nullification) is what defined the American government in the post-Revolution years. It was the mere threat from a political perspective. It was the teeth of real federalism, though back then, secession might be temporary and there was lots of intrigue behind it as there is today in regards to secession. It was the New England threat to secede, that caused the Southern states to abdicate and cede power to the North during the War of 1812, just for example.

    Other than that, glad he keeps the notion alive.

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