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What Ron Paul Gets Wrong

Troglodite Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 8:53 AM
It has been said that the Russians always thought it a fine thing to be smacked in the face by their czar. Mr. Blackwell, along with not a few others, has adopted a variant of that for us: it is a fine thing for Americans to be smacked in the face by our government, because it is, by definition, a government of, by, and for the people. Monarchs who claimed to rule by divine right usually had some thought that they were responsible to God for how they ruled. Today's electorates and elected rulers are irresponsible autocrats.

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,...