Ron Paul on secession

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

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.

It’s really not a question of a right of secession so much as a question of the American right to self-determination.  Are those who live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave” truly less free than Libyans, Iraqis, and Croatians?  Moreoever, if America is a conceptual nation, then obviously it cannot be a geographic location, nor can it be concepts that are intrinsically opposed to the original concepts.  It should be readily apparent that secular big government forced union “America” cannot properly be considered American, regardless of whether one considers the matter in terms of conventional nationalism or the conceptual nationalism so beloved of the melting pot mythmakers.

We already know the union of the forcibly United States will be divided.  The younger union of the Soviet Socialist Republics broke apart 23 years ago.  The European Union is visibly fracturing already.  The much older union of the kingdoms of Scotland and England will be voting on its dissolution soon.  The only thing we don’t know is when the division will take place.  As I have stated before, my expectation is that it will take place by 2033.