April 20th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Paul says secession 'worth a discussion'

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(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry took heat last week after appearing to leave open the possibility of secession, but fellow Texas Republican Ron Paul says the notion is "very American."

"It is very American to talk about secession. That's how we came in being. Thirteen colonies seceded from the British and established a new country. So secession is a very much American principle," Paul said in a video posted on YouTube.

The self-professed libertarian, who garnered a substantial grassroots following when he ran for president last year, stopped short of endorsing secession for his home state, but said the idea is "worth a discussion."

"What about all the strong endorsements we have give the past decade or two to all the republics that seceded from the Soviet system? We were delighted about it," Paul also said.

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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Good grief! Our founding fathers seceded from a nation in which we had no representation. Just like the Soviet Union. Secession from a democracy is completely different. And it worked out so well last time..

    April 20, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. David Swaim

    I know people have their limbs amputated all the time. Since they do it must be a good thing so why don't we all do it?

    April 20, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. C W

    So Ron Paul is comparing the United States, with its democratically-elected government, to the USSR, a repressive, Communist country?

    No wonder everyone thinks he's a nutjob – because he is!

    P.S. We didn't "secede" from Britain – we were a collection of colonies, without representation or many of the rights British citizens enjoyed. We revolted and declared independence, ratifying the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Get your history straight, Ron, before you spout off again.

    April 20, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Bob in Pa

    What's real estate selling for in Tx. nowadays ?

    April 20, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. BIG B

    I have a feeling that ALOT of states will start to rebel against the government,and if Texas would actually succeed, a domino effect may happen, There is alot MORE upset Americans than the media is reporting. Just the mention of what Texas is proposing should be alarming!!!

    April 20, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Accountability

    Another politician with no knowledge of history...that ought to be a requirement for office for God's sake...we make immigrants know more about American History before they become a citizen than these "politicians" seem to know. Hey Ron...the question of secession was answered in 1865 to the tune of over 600,000 American Lives...geez...could you crack a book?

    April 20, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Nestor, Austin, TX

    It's definitely worth considering. Right now it isn't necessary, but if the Federal Government continues growing outside of what it's constitutionally allowed, secession may be necessary. The Republic of Texas can sustain itself. Right now it is picking up the slack for the lazy states in the Union. There is a line between helping your neighbor and being an enabler. Texas is getting closer and closer to being an enabler.

    April 20, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Comradio

    And why were we delighted Ron? Because the USSR was being destroyed from the inside. But by all means, continue believing Russia isn't delighted to hear you say this.

    April 20, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Hayden

    I think if people want to live in a country where the government controls every aspect of their lives that should be up to them. But, if that's the case, then those of us who value liberty, the American Dream, and the right to make our own decisions should have that option open to us even if it means discussing secession. We have to remember that WE are the government.

    April 20, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. dan

    So, Texas is like the relative that decides to visit, wrecks your house and your car, alienates your friends, steals your money leaving you bankrupt, and then says "See Ya, Good Luck" and then leaves.

    April 20, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Danny E. Gonzalez

    secession??? are you kiddin... the reason America Seceeded from the British, was because there was NO REPRESENTATION; Texas, like ANY other state in the Union has an Equal voice in the political spectrum of our democracy of our country; so much so that the last president was the governor of Texas... Rep. Paul is being ridiculous with the notion that this is a good idea or discussion to have; perhaps he thinks that a new civil war would be a good thing for the country... do you really think any group could mount such a feat? the federal government has bases "ALL OVER" the state of Texas and this would not be pretty... it is silly talk... we elected the first african-american president, if you don't like it then organize better the next time around and get someone else in there that the country will support... that is the American way!

    April 20, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. CF

    The man's a loon, and shame on everyone who blindly agrees with every word the man says.

    April 20, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Karen - Missouri

    Oh, another brilliant Republican remark. No wonder they lost the elections and will get devoured in 2010 and 2012. No brains, no intelligence, no creativity, no solutions, no no no no no no. Obstructionist party of no. Republicans have tried every trick in the book since they lost...even before they lost the elections. The more they open their mouths, the more disgusting and whiny it is. Do they EVER do an honest day's work?

    So...according to Palin...would Texas be a "good part of America" or one she opposes?

    April 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Fordy

    See? That's why despite running for president a thousand times, you've never won.

    April 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Hagerman, ID

    America... Love it or Leave it!!!

    April 20, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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