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Secession An ‘American Principle,’ Repeats Ron Paul [Video]

Secession 'An American Principle,' Says Ron Paul

Secession remains a “very American principle,” according to Ron Paul. The Republican congressman has repeated his belief in the right to secede as US citizens from more than 40 states continue to sign petitions supporting secession from the United States.

Back in April 2009, Paul argued that “it’s very American to talk about secession” in a YouTube video (embedded below). And, as the secession issue hits headlines again in the wake of President Barack Obama’s re-election, Ron Paul’s spokeswoman Rachel Mills has told US News World Report that the congressman “feels the same now” as he did three years ago. In the YouTube clip, Paul asserts:

“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… Just think of the benefits that would have come over the last 230 some years if the principle of secession had existed.”

Petitions to secede from the United States began to appear on the White House website over the weekend. At the time of writing, a petition for the secession of Texas has attracted over 93,000 signatures, well past the threshold at which at which the White House is required to issue a response. The increased coverage has since led to the resurfacing of Paul’s comments.

Petitions for other states, including Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, have also drawn in more than 25,000 supporters. Across the US, more than 500,000 people in 40 states have added their name to the petitions.

The petitions have had one unintended effect so far: a series of counter-petitions requesting that all who signed for secession are deported.

Do you agree with Ron Paul that secession is an American principle?

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9 Responses to “Secession An ‘American Principle,’ Repeats Ron Paul [Video]”

  1. William Overton

    I'm not sure of this — even the supreme court is a bit vague on it — but I suspect that the process for peaceful, legal succession is similar to the one for constitutional amendment. It would have to have a majority vote within the state, a majority of congress agreeing with it, and ratification by vote within a majority of the other states.

  2. Grace Catubay Brooks

    Each State should have the right to seceed if not happy with the way the US Gov is run, We have a Gov that's really out of control and our Pres is part of the problem.

  3. Anonymous

    According to Amendment X-"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."- any Power(Authority) that is not granted to the US. Gov by the Constitution is handed down to the people. A request for peaceful secession is like an Ex-Boy/girlfriend saying, "I don't love you anymore, so I'm leaving." They do that to just alert you of their feelings, but they don't have to because they can just up and go. Similarly we, the people, can say "Hey we are tired of your BS. And we like to leave your control."(petition for secession) or we can up and leave(which then the US Gov. would try to consider as a rebellion). We have a right since it is not stated in the Bill of Rights(Admendment X) to do what we want with unmentioned material(in this case diplomacy) but it's a matter of "will they let us go peacefully" or "we will fight for what is ours".

  4. Stephen-Lisa Wolpert Brickman

    Look, session did not work for the south-remember the civil war?

  5. Crabtree Nick

    So when Austin and Houston want to secede from Texas, will that be cool with secessionist Texas Republic? When Mexico invades and annexes South Texas, do you think the North will fight for you? Secession! What a joke!

  6. Crabtree Nick

    West Virginia separated from Virginia. The Union occupied much of the South. In a fantasy situation like Texas secession, I can imagine Mexico occupying counties along the border and US army bases being US zones within Texas. Do Texans think they would get all that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid money from Uncle Sam? Texans would no longer be US citizens, so no give-backs.

  7. Rob Purifoy

    I want to move out of "mothers house" and make my own way without future intrusion.. The problem is that we have too many "kids" in Texas that are too scared to move away from sucking the teet the government has lured them in with. Wake up y'all.

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