Ron Paul on secession: Departing Republican congressman comments on Texas petition.

Ron Paul: “Secession Is a Deeply American Principle”

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Nov. 20 2012 5:12 PM

Ron Paul: “Secession Is a Deeply American Principle”

While other Republicans distance themselves from secession petitions that have sprouted up in states across the country, leave it to Ron Paul to jump directly into the fray.

“Secession is a deeply American principle,” the outgoing Republican congressman wrote on his website. Evoking America’s secession from England, he added: “There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.”

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The petitions have appeared in more than 30 states since President Obama’s re-election and are posting to a White House channel that promises an official response to any proposal that collects more than 25,000 signatures. The one from Paul’s home state, Texas, has been the most popular, with 115,000 signatures and counting.

Unsurprisingly, the White House has yet to weigh in.

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