Secession – It’s as American as Pecan Pie
The American Tradition of Secession
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
“Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession.”
~ Ron Paul
Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably apoplectic when Ron Paul recently stated on his House Web site that secession is “a deeply American principle.” Congressman Paul was alluding to the fact that all fifty states have sent secession petitions to the White House.
Typical of the media response was a snotty remark by one Robert Schlesinger, the son of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who is the “managing editor of opinion” of the soon-to-go-out-of-business U.S. News. Ron Paul is “deeply wrong,” he moaned, calling the congressman a “crank” and predicting that he “will soon be forgotten.” Robert Schlesinger’s bad manners are matched by his utter ignorance of American history.
Ron Paul was most certainly correct when he said that America “was born through secession.” The Revolutionary War was a war of secession from the British empire. As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, our Declaration of Secession from the British Empire, governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and whenever that consent is withdrawn, it is the right and duty of the people to “alter or abolish” that government and “to institute a new government.”