In an interview with the National Journal today, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stated that he supported the attempt by citizens in Scotland to secede from the U.K. He further believes that secession is inevitable in the United States due to the continuing failure of the federal government to stay within the boundaries the Framers delineated in the U.S. Constitution.
Dr. Paul wrote an essay on the subject on the website of his organization, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, in which he applauded secessionist movements due to the fact that they allow for the possibility of smaller government. Supporters of freedom, he wrote, should applaud the growth of secessionist movements because they promote smaller government and greater individual freedom. The National Journal quotes Dr. Paul as saying,
“It’s something that I think is going to grow, because the failure of the federal government is going to get much worse,” he said. “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?’ “
He added: “I think it’s inevitable people wanting to leave will be there, and the numbers will grow.”
Dr. Paul went further to state that it is important to have the right to secede even if that right is never exercised. Once such a threat to the centralized government authority is removed, it can engage in all sorts of unconstitutional and illegal activity without being held to any accountability. If the people can threaten to secede, he said, government power can be held in check.
In his essay on the subject, Dr. Paul declares that the secessionist movement in America is growing. Fully one in four Americans stated that they would support efforts by their state to withdraw from the union. The possibility that states could separate themselves from the federal government is one of the most powerful checks on the growing centralized government power in Washington, he says.
But there are other benefits to secession, Paul contends. Smaller governments that are created through secession have less power to meddle in free enterprise through restrictive regulations and higher taxes. Free trade would be enhanced. Citizens could use the currency of their choice rather than being limited to one choice and forced to use the currency of the centralized government authority in Washington.
Smaller units of government, Paul states, are one of the best ways to guarantee prosperity, peace, liberty, and even “cheap whiskey.” With more and more Americans expressing outright disdain for big government that encroaches on their liberties, secession may be a concept whose time has come in the United States.
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