Representative Ron Paul (R- Texas) said in a letter to his constituents this week that “secession is a deeply American principle.”
Following an onslaught of petitions to the White House asking for a peaceable option for States to secede from the United States, Paul addressed constituents in his home State, which had the most signatures on its secession petition.
Paul writes on his Congressional website:
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…
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.
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…
Meanwhile, the soon-retiring-Congressman’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said in an interview with ABC News that he may have a real interest in running for President in 2016.
“I’m not going to deny that I’m interested,” the Republican said. “I am different than some in that I’m not going to deny that I’m interested. I’m not going to deny that I think we have to go a different direction because we’re not winning.”
The younger Paul believes that by focusing on giving local and State governments the room to tackle tough issues, the GOP could regain Federal power while promising truly smaller government.
“I think we have to go a different direction because we’re just not winning and we have to think about some different ideas,” Paul said. “States should be allowed to make a lot of these decisions. I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different.”