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What Ron Paul Gets Wrong

cchuba Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 2:09 PM
This is an unbelievably bad column. Ken Blackwell ignores 99% of the content of Ron Paul's speech just to harp over the use of the word secede vs. revolution and even on that point Blackwell is completely wrong. Secede means to separate yourself from the ruling authorities while revolution means to overthrow the ruling authorities. In 1776 we did the former NOT the latter.

Congressman Ron Paul has just delivered his valedictory address in the House of Representatives. And he has told TV interviewers that the American Revolution was a wonderful example of secession. He's a much better OB/GYN, I'm sure, than he is a student of America's history. He could be cited for political malpractice.

If the Founding Fathers and the Patriots who fought and won the Revolution were seceding, why is it that none of them ever called it secession? They certainly had the word back then. They invoked the well-known right of revolution. They had read their John Locke and their Montesquieu,...