Outgoing Congressman and Libertarian hero Ron Paul wrote that “secession is a deeply American principle.” Paul’s home state of Texas has been openly grumbling about wanting to secede and have their own country instead of one run by Barack Obama. In a post on his official House of Representatives website entitled “Are We Free to Go?” Paul argues,
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.
Paul goes on to call for a federal government more responsive to the wishes of individual states on matters such as Obamacare and marijuana legalization. He argues that secession should be available as a possibility if a state’s rights are not being respected:
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. In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo. If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it.
Paul admits that he’s “not holding his breath” on whether Texas or any other state will actually secede, but the way he calls for a system that gives more leverage to push back against the federal government, one can see why libertarians love his outspoken rhetoric. With the Republican party in flux, perhaps some will try to steer the G.O.P. toward a Paul-style Libertarian model.