Ron Paul recently wrote an article entitled “Scottish Referendum Gives Reason to be Hopeful” in which he discussed the reasons why secessionist movements are good politically.
As he wrote:
“Americans who embrace secession are acting in a grand American tradition. The Declaration of Independence was written to justify secession from Britain. Supporters of liberty should cheer the growth in support for secession, as it is the ultimate rejection of centralized government and the ideologies of Keynesianism, welfarism, and militarism.”
Paul was then interviewed on the topic by the National Journal. Paul did not realize that, prior to the Scottish independence movement, there were more than a handful of secessionist movements in the U.S. He said:
“I was real pleased with that, and a bit surprised. But then, on second thought, you think, ‘Why not? Why not more?'”
Paul pointed to the worsening condition of the U.S. as one of the primary motivations for people to seek secession. He said that the “failure of the federal government is going to get much worse.” Also:
“When the bankruptcy evolves, and maybe some of these pension funds are confiscated, and the wars never end, and bankruptcy comes forth, people [will say], ‘Hey, we’re getting a bad deal from this. Why don’t we leave?'”
If Paul thinks that US secessionist movements contribute to US political discourse, he does not see any of them as being ultimately successful. He told the National Journal if the secessionist movements were successful, the “heavy hand of government would come down,” and “they’d probably shoot them.”
Paul thinks there should be a “concrete right to secede.”
“Even if we never had any secession, or any state declare independence, we would be so much better off, because there would always be this threat. Once the threat of a state leaving was removed, it was just open-door policy for the federal government to expand itself and run roughshod out over the states because the states couldn’t do much.”
Paul’s belief in the value of secessionist movements runs in union with his beliefs in a more limited government.
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