By Ron Paul:

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.  At what point should the people dissolve the political bands which have connected them with an increasingly tyrannical and oppressive federal government?  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.