Ron Paul, the cult candidate who beta-tested tea parties for the Koch brothers, has confirmed that he does in fact approve of secessionist movements in the United States, calling them a ‘check’ on the power of the federal government.
“I think what is most important is we have a concrete right to secede,” Paul said. “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.”
In fact, no ‘concrete right to secede’ exists in the Constitution or American law, and the attempted secession of Southern states from the union in 1861 resulted in some 750,000 American deaths over four years while the rebellion was put down. Paul is aware of this violent history, telling the National Journal that “the heavy hand of the federal government would come down,” but in contrast to his outspoken antiwar message, Paul remains enthusiastic about the prospect of a bloody Second Civil War at home.
The contradiction is no surprise to anyone who has ever looked past his glib libertarian exterior. In addition to supervising his infamous racist newsletter, Paul has maintained such close ties with white supremacists over the years that Stormfront website founder Don Black considered him “one of us” — a praise echoed by former Klansman David Duke and the Montana Militia.
Clearly, Ron Paul is only mad about foreign wars because they involve foreigners, whereas he seems quite accepting of a Second Civil War right here on the home front to secure permanent white supremacy — or as he calls it, “freedom.” Paul’s stance on so-called “states’ rights” (as opposed to ‘Big Government’) is actually just a convenient cover for his desire to devolve civil rights onto fifty smaller governments, where as in 1861, they can be suppressed much more easily.
Ron Paul was the first Republican politician to hold a tea party in December 2007, but the ‘astroturf’ movement had actually been under development over the previous five years by the Koch brothers’ organization Citizens for a Sound Economy, which spun off FreedomWorks in 2004. Ron Paul was the very first chairman of CSE when it formed in 1984 — well before his racist newsletters, and perfectly in line with other pet projects by Charles and David Koch.