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Ron Paul: A Family and a Movement
Last week, I penned an article
called Obama: The Myth vs. The Man. It was Wednesday, and as I was adding the
last lines, I hesitated to add a couple more paragraphs about the statesman I
have supported since 2007, Ron Paul, and the idol worship I have seen growing
around him. Ironically, on the eve of that very night, his son Rand infamously
came out in support of Romney, a move that has left many of Ron’s supporters
numb and furious. An avid researcher and resistant cynic, I believed that there
was not much left that would shock me in the realm of politics, but when I
heard about Rand’s remarks, I have to admit I was pretty surprised. It was not
for long however, as my sentiment towards the Paul family has been gradually
changing over the past two years.
Something I learned in the 2008
election is that all hope is not lost when your candidate loses an election.
Many of my fellow Ron Paul supporters were devastated when he was unable to
gain the support in the 2008 election, and with all the information we had
vehemently accumulated some were intimidated and in despair about the state of
the country. Some were convinced the world was going to end after Obama’s
election, but we persevered and redoubled our efforts to educate our
communities and incite change on the local level. Inspired by Ron Paul, many
people I know got involved in local politics to affect change in our community.
When this election cycle came around, we saw even more organization and fervor
to get Ron Paul elected, and it was amazing to see how far the movement had
come in the past few years.
A man inspired a movement that is
now larger than him and his family. It has been said that standing armies
cannot stop and idea whose time has come, and this holds true as I have been
rejoicing over the awakening I have seen my friends and family---indeed the
country---go through as they learn about true liberty. Liberty does not come by
way of an individual, though. Like I said in my previous article about Obama,
Ron Paul is just a man who is subject to the same shortfalls as all men. He is
not here to save us; he cannot save us, for if I have learned anything since my
awakening it is that we can depend on no human to “save” us from the clutches
of tyranny. This applies to his family, as well. I have shared the suspicion of
Rand Paul with fellow libertarians for some time, and we must apply the same
rules to the Paul family as we do to other politicians---that they are not superheroes
or Messiahs. Yes, getting involved in the liberty movement has opened my heart
and mind to significant truths that I now live my life by, and the catalyst was
getting involved with my local Ron Paul Meetup group. Becoming active has even
further proven the point that relying on others to get us out of this situation
is not the solution and only leads to more disappointment and heartache when
those individuals we support sell out. It has even happened here in Pensacola
with our little local water board! Everyone has their price, and can be bought.
When we idolize a man above an idea we come dangerously close to worshipping
him and losing the skepticism that may have lead us to him in the first place.
Instead of focusing on Rand Paul’s
seeming betrayal, we should view this as an opportunity to put the principles
of individualism and liberty into action. We do not need leaders to protect us
and support us; we have the knowledge, technology, determination, and organization
to take control of our own lives and our local communities. Do not be discouraged,
for all is not lost. Rejoice in the fact that this whole system is a sham that
is created to collapse, like we have been saying this whole time! You have been
right in believing that politicians can be bought out, and the powers to be are
bent on manipulating the playing field. They control economies, but they cannot
control your soul, nor can they control the direction this revolution is going
The liberty movement is armed with knowledge
and know-how, and there are exciting developments daily that are pushing us in
the direction of freedom. What started with one man has morphed into a movement
that has principled individuals working together and applying their knowledge to
solutions in the realm of the economy. The concept and practice of silver
bartering is especially promising as people prepare for an inevitable collapse.
The people making up the movement are creative and innovative, and need support
just like Ron Paul did. In fact, as I mentioned previously, relying on
politicians or government to fix problems is antithetical to freedom! We must
support those in our own movement who are putting forth the effort to create
plans for after the collapse, and there are so many projects to become a part
of. I will post some links to places where Ron Paul supporters can get involved
because this movement is far from over, and I would wager to say the real work
is just getting started. We have recognized the triumph of the human spirit in
all of this chaos, and it is this fervor that will allow us to protect
ourselves and families from state sanctioned thugs---whether in uniform or suit
your involvement in the revolution here:
the economic revolution with silver dime cards and snazzy merchandise: donttreadonmeme.com
loose and get to know activists in the first liberty themed festival: Porc Fest 2012
informed about new developments in regard to wars: Antiwar.com
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