Nov 19, 2012
In his weekly update, released today, Congressman Ron Paul defends those who have signed petitions in all 50 states advocating secession from the federal government, referring to the principle as “deeply American”.
Echoing comments he made back in 2009, Paul notes “This country was born through secession. Some thought it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots.”
“…the principles of self-government and voluntary association are at the core of our founding….There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.” the Congressman adds.
Explaining that the recent election only served to further entrench the political status quo, Paul urges “…our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform.” He reminds Americans that “the first and third paragraph of the Declaration of Independence expressly contemplate the dissolution of a political union when the underlying government becomes tyrannical.”
Though he says he is not holding his breath that any state will actually secede, the congressman stresses that “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.”
“If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government they cannot truly be considered free.” Paul adds.
In a separate development, Paul announced in an interview with The Hill Sunday that although he is retiring from Congress, he has no intention of scaling back his speaking schedule and his ongoing campaign for liberty.
“I’m excited about spending more time on college campuses, not less. College campuses will still be on my agenda. That’s where the action is.” Paul said.
As we noted last week, several detractors have claimed that American citizens who signed the secession petitions are effectively advocating a new civil war, and can rightfully be stripped of their firearms.
Some even argued that any American advocating secession should be stripped of their citizenship and deported.
As we described at length in our editorial, Secessionists do not want to be part of a separate country, they wish to use the terms of the Declaration of Independence to peacefully reconstitute through the states and restore the Republic.