Former Ohio Secretary of State and 2006 Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell recently wrote an article titled “What Ron Paul Gets Wrong” in which he states that Ron Paul was wrong to suggest that the American War of Independence was an act of secession from the British Empire. Mr. Blackwell also implies that Ron Paul not only supports the current secession movement, but also advocates revolution and even civil war. He then uses words like “dangerous” and “careless” to describe Congressman Paul.
First, Ron Paul is NOT encouraging secession, but does support the PRINCIPLE of secession which can be defined as “the act of withdrawing from an organization, union, or especially a political entity”. The colonists may not have referred to their separation from the British Empire as secession in 1776, but I think that the preamble to the Declaration of Independence sounds an awful lot like secession. Mr. Blackwell is just playing semantics.
Second, Ron Paul has not called for revolution or civil war. To the contrary, those who have followed Ron Paul’s political career know that he is staunchly anti-war and subscribes to the non-aggression principle. Granted Ron Paul did write a book called “The Revolution: A Manifesto”, but he was referring to an ideological revolution, as Mr. Blackwell is well aware.
Perhaps Mr. Blackwell is just confused since Ron Paul is a strong supporter of NULLIFICATION – an effort to push back against unconstitutional federal “laws” and regulations at the STATE level. Of course nullification and secession are two completely different concepts, but Mr. Blackwell draws little distinction between the two.
Nullification finds its origins in the writings of Thomas Jefferson, most notably his 1798 Kentucky Resolutions, written to protest the Federalist Congress’s passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts. Mr. Blackwell is obviously familiar with Thomas Jefferson, he quotes him several times in the article, but apparently only uses quotes that he believes will support his erroneous theories.
I suggest that Mr. Blackwell do a bit more research. Perhaps I’ll send him the link to the Tenth Amendment Center.