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Ron Paul: Secession Movement to Hit U.S.

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 02:03 PM

Scotland's secessionist movement should be inspiration to similar movements by states to secede from the United States, said former Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul.
The three-time presidential candidate and libertarian said that supporters of freedom and limited government should be in favor of secessionism, a "grand American tradition," which is in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.
"Even though it ultimately failed at the ballot box, the recent campaign for Scottish independence should cheer supporters of the numerous secession movements springing up around the globe," Paul wrote in an article on the website of his organization, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Paul told the National Journal that he believes secessionist groups will also see their popularity rise disenchantment with Washington increases.

"It's something that I think is going to grow, because the failure of the federal government is going to get much worse," Paul said. "When the bankruptcy evolves, and maybe some of these pension funds are confiscated, and the wars never end, and bankruptcy comes forth, people [will say], 'Hey, we're getting a bad deal from this. Why don't we leave?'"
He added: "I think it's inevitable people wanting to leave will be there, and the numbers will grow."
A number of state secession movements already exist including the Second Vermont Republican, the Alaskan Independence Party, and the Texas Nationalist Movement, but Paul said there is little chance any efforts will succeed. 
"I think what is most important is we have a concrete right to secede," Paul said, arguing that secession is valuable even if only in principle.
"Even if we never had any secession, or any state declare independence, we would be so much better off, because there would always be this threat. Once the threat of a state leaving was removed, it was just open-door policy for the federal government to expand itself and run roughshod out over the states because the states couldn't do much."
 
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Scotland's secessionist movement should be inspiration to similar movements by states to secede from the United States, said former Texas GOP Rep. Ron Paul.
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