“Ron Paul: ‘Secession is a deeply American principle’”
I’m not great fan of Ron Paul’s foreign policy, but when it comes to certain aspects of the Constitution, he’s precisely correct and a forceful advocate for the document’s integrity. It is fashionable these days to repeat the rote trope that the legality of secession as a Constitutional issue was “settled” by the Civil War. Which is a lot like saying that the lie of US military preeminence was “settled” by Viet Nam.
At any rate, here’s Paul, doing what he always does, being unhelpful:
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.”
Since President Barack Obama was reelected earlier this month, a flurry of secession petitions from states were created — most notably from Texas, which with more than 115,000 signatures far exceeds the 25,000 signatures needed for an official White House response. Critics have said it’s disgruntled voters upset that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost.
Paul wrote that secession must still be an option to be used as leverage to make sure the government doesn’t “encroach” on Americans’ liberties.
“In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo. 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.”
Paul wrote that secession is a form of American freedom.
“At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government?” Paul wrote.
He added: “And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?
Oh, do shut up, whiners. We won, which means we have a right to vote ourselves your stuff, and your only recourse is to take it — or to try to cobble together a voting bloc that will be more interested in your free giveaways than in the free giveaways being offered by the other side in exchange for votes. Which is what the establishment GOP is planning to do as we speak by removing the wild card of nominees that haven’t been vetted and approved by the Party, the GOP primary voters be damned.
The Constitution is in flux. It lives and breathes. And right now, it is siding with us — with social justice, with tolerance, with egalitarianism, with the natural right to have wealth collected by the government and then redistributed as the government sees fit, picking winners and loser, and dictating the kinds of contracts you must enter into. For fairness.
That’s the American way. And we will not tolerate your temper tantrums. Which are probably just another form of racism. You want your precious liberties back? Come and take them. But do it from within the corrupt system whose rules we write and enforce.
Otherwise, lie back and think of (defeating) England…