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Ron Paul: Secession- Are We Free To Go?

By Ron Paul:

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. At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government? 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.

From Paul.House.Gov:

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.”

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I smile everytime I see this title pop up.

"Are we free to go?" LOL

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Ron Paul is NOT arguing for Secession

I refuse to believe that Ron Paul does not know "all" of the history surrounding Southern Secession -- but it is possible.

Why do I say that?

The Secession Commissioners were sent state-to-state to try to convince the remaining Southern Slave Owning States to join the Confederacy and Secede.

ALL THE ARGUMENTS the Secession Commissioners gave (ALL OF THEM) were all 100% about slavery and the limitations regarding its expansion.

Here are just a few quotes (remember this is the language they used to convince the others):

Judge Alexander Handy, commissioner to Maryland, stated that “The first act of the black republican party will be to exclude slavery from all the Territories, the District [of Columbia], the arsenals and forts, by the action of the federal government. That would be a recognition that slavery is a sin… The moment that slavery is pronounced a moral evil—a sin—by the general government, that moment the safety of the rights of the South will be entirely gone.”

Here's another:

William Harris, commissioner to Georgia, put the choice before the south squarely in the context of preserving slavery: “[Either] this new union with Lincoln Black Republicans and free negroes, without slavery; or, slavery under our old constitutional bond of union, without Lincoln Black Republicans, or free negroes, either, to molest us.” [Dew 29]

Two More Reads should Shut-Down any notion that the South went to war for any OTHER reason OTHER THAN slavery:

#1 The Declaration of Clauses (Written by each state)

---Use Google

#2 The Confederate Constitution (hahahahaha) -- It mentions slavery 28 times. Here's just ONE quote from the Confederate State Consitution

Article IV Section 3(3)
The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several states; and may permit them, at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form states to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory, the institution of negro slavery as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected by Congress, and by the territorial government: and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories, shall have the right to take to such territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the states or territories of the Confederate states.[38]

the rloveution 3.0

everyone is beautiful don't you know stay the positive side: not "secession" but Restore the Republic { still and always was the best jingo for liberty }


...for common sense.

I am thrilled

that Ron Paul is chiming in on this issue.

Adds legitmacy, IMO.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
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Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul