You may have heard of these state secession petitions receiving a lot of publicity lately. Currently, the Texas secession petition alone has well over 100,00 signatures. Not exactly surprising considering it is the state that sent Dr. Kook, Ron Paul, to DC (although maybe they were just trying to get rid of him?).
It was inevitable that Ron Paul, being the state hater that he is, would weigh in on the secessions. In this week’s “Texas Straight Talk” he says:
In a free country, governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. When the people have very clearly withdrawn their consent for a law, the discussion should be over. If the Feds refuse to accept that and continue to run roughshod over the people, at what point do we acknowledge that that is not freedom anymore? At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government? And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?
If a people cannot secede from an oppressive government, they cannot truly be considered free.
Oppressive to whom exactly? It isn’t oppressive to the (majority) 19.5% of the US population that voted for Barack Obama. I wouldn’t even say it is oppressive to the roughly 39% of the population that voted for one of the two fine candidates, thereby giving their consent to be governed by the majority.
Who exactly does not consider themselves free in America? We are the tenth freest country in the entire world! And unless you have a problem with being radiated and felt up at the airport (TSA), having all of your email and electronic messages logged (NSA), being considered a state enemy for voicing dissent online (CISPA) and having (kook) American citizens locked up indefinitely at the whim of a politician without a trial (which violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments of the US Constitution and most of the Bill of Rights), what are you worried about?
So I say, by all means Ron Paul, Justin Amash and all their fellow kooks: leave. However, you’re not taking the fine state of Texas (all its oil and gas deposits) with you.
Might I once again suggest Somalia?