"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-government and voluntary association are at the core of our founding... Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some thought it was treasonous to secede from England, but those “traitors” became our country’s greatest patriots. 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... At what point should a 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."
-- Ron Paul, in an op-ed titled "You're Not Free If You Can't Secede from an Oppressive Government"
I swear, part of me is really gonna miss Ron Paul now that he's left his thoroughly ineffectual role in Congress to literally dodder away into his twilight years ranting at telephone poles about the dangers of functional government. I give it about a month before his face shows up on a local news station somewhere alongside a story that begins with the words, "Authorities need your help tonight in finding an elderly man who may have wandered off from home," while highway signs warn drivers to be on the lookout as part of a "Silver Alert."
I didn't watch all of Paul's pissy, 48-minute-long "goodbye cruel world" speech to the House last week because I have a life, but Salon put together a quickie Cliff's Notes of it and what was most amusing is that in just the clips they made available Paul managed to say the word "liberty" nine times. He used "freedom" six times, five of those in just one short paragraph. This is important because as you know, a vote for Ron Paul was always a vote for LIBERTY. Never mind that Paul's a lunatic or that his goals for a national government, basically that there would be no government at all, is laughably impractical bordering on impossible. He even came right out and admitted that he didn't really do anything while in Congress because he believes that the role of government should be to essentially contribute to people's lives in no meaningful way -- and in that respect, he was the perfect representative.
I'm really enjoying, though, watching the gloves come off completely now that Paul's safely out of office and can say whatever crazy horseshit he wants without worrying about having to be held accountable for it. I look forward to many more op-eds on secession, unicorns, public water fountains that are too tall, his anger that it's so hard to find Sanka these days, liberty! liberty! liberty! etc.