How can you have a REVOLUTION without
As the 2008 electoral cycle exposes a
process designed to maintain and enhance power for those that have
it, I can't help but feel great satisfaction.
The r3VOLutionaries of 2007-08 have
come to understand many of the same realizations and emotions of
other revolutionaries throughout human history. America's history was
particularly well documented with the writings of individuals with
first hand knowledge of what happened and why, written in our own
language and recently enough so that the real meaning of what was
being said could be clearly understood.
As a young man with a young family in
1989, I was 'awakened' by the blatant lies that exposed to me what
was in store for my children as they came of age (they are now 18,
19, 21 & 22 with the oldest engaged to be married). While there
were many that clearly saw the effects of bad guys with power, it was
almost unheard of to come across another that understood it was power
itself that attracted those of the worst character.
I met my first libertarian almost 2
years later and was overwhelmed with a flood of understanding and the
comfort that I was not alone. It also became obvious that the many
battles to free/enslave individual minds has been going on for at
least all of recorded human history using every method available. By
1994, it became clear to me that the Internet was the new 'printing
press' and that it was perfectly suited to the decentralized mindset
of libertarian activism. At the same time, it was clear that the
Libertarian Party and many other 'freedom collectives' would be
necessary targets of those with the desire to wield power and/or have
any challenge to their already accumulated power diminished.
Unknown to me at the time was a husband
and wife team from Texas that had for many years been doing battle
with those that would enslave the minds of men. Over the years, I
have come to realize that human nature is such that there will always
be idealized icons of freedom that will rise to the top of our
collective conscience. There will always be a parade of Thomas
Jeffersons, Ghandis, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther Kings & Neos to
free us from a Matrix that has grown past its endurance. While Ron
Paul didn't create the r3VOLution, he did provided individuals focus
and an opportunity to express themselves due to his consistent and
well articulated positions in support of individual liberty.
Decades of face to face battle with the
planet's most powerful influence (the United States Government)
included Dr. Paul's communicating with many that had come to
understand the world as he had. What was not clear to many was just
how deep that understanding had gone into the America's popular
culture. By the mid 90's it was becoming more obvious to those in the
trenches of the freedom movement that the people were responding to
the idea that the individual not only had rights that should be
protected but, that when properly inspired, the people would
demonstrate their latent power. These traits were most apparent in
the free-market of box office sales for blockbusters like Braveheart,
The Matrix, The Patriot, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings and many other
films. Year after year of popular culture made it very clear that the
timeless story of “individual rights in opposition to collective
tyranny” would be supported. But this time that support would be
more interactive than a purchased theater seat.
Ron Paul and his close allies of many
years didn't know what was to happen with his race for POTUS in 2008,
but I guarantee that they recognized it for what it was. 'A
spontaneous uprising of individual minds in support of the individual
over the collective'.
But there is a problem that must be
well understood to avoid the trap that was set from the beginning.
Using any “system” to oppose that
system is very problematic. But if well understood from the
beginning, without any illusions, we have a unique modern day
opportunity to make use of immediate communications to highlight
where weaknesses are in the system and expose them.
The entire political system is based on
the idea of “legitimacy”. Once that legitimacy is eliminated, the
rest of the system falls and the immediate scrambling for a
replacement is begun (of course to always be in the control of those
that lead the original). Lies, deceit, and the propaganda tools used
to spread them, are becoming well documented and can no longer be
counted on to be as effective as they once were. So, the use of very
LARGE distractions can be expected (for this we must be prepared,...
and know that it is a sign of their losing control).
The Ron Paul r3VOLutionaries were never
under the control of a central command,... or even Ron Paul. As long
as he represented the message of freedom, the freedom message
supporters would continue to advocate his representation of their
views until it was impossible for them to do so.
Still able to express themselves in
this election cycle at a local level, 'r3VOLutionaries' have come
face to face with a system created to provide the legitimacy required
for the current system of government to have a chance to function.
For generations we have had our petitions for redress responded to
with admonitions that we needed to write more letters to legislators,
file more lawsuits, financially support more organizations,
participate more in the political process etc. And those of us that
have done these very things, over and over, know the entire process
is rigged. Hundreds, thousands and even millions of individuals
around the world have learned in one year what many of us have known
most of our adult lives ... our governments at all levels are not
representative of the America that we are promised.
I am of the opinion that the clear and
illegal efforts of Republican Party officers and their masters have
provided all of us a great service by providing us with a renewed
understanding of the truth of things (Democrats and even Libertarians
are guilty of the same abuses when the interests of those in power
are at stake). Their efforts for a short term victory have
permanently damaged their long term viability due to the elimination
of their 'legitimacy'.
I support all of the efforts to get as
many Ron Paul delegates as possible to the RNC convention this
September, but for more than just the fun to be had at the convention
itself. The exposure of a corrupt system used to provide a veneer of
legitimacy for the world's media audience is of more value to the
freedom movement than I think most realize. It is this threat to the
system's legitimacy that has prompted the revealing of all manner of
efforts to oppose the Ron Paul supporters.
For each of us there is a Future
If Ron Paul keeps
doing what he's doing, then we'll keep doing what we're doing.
My personal focus
has been to free as many minds as possible. The past year has been
very satisfying for me, my family and my friends. While others create
ulcers for themselves over the actions of 'the system', I take great
pleasure in the fact that finally the electoral process with all of
its faults are being clearly exposed and documented for future
generations to understand and hopefully correct.
My greatest hope
is that we come to the same realizations of men like Thomas Jefferson
and Thomas Paine and Patrick Henry, that it is the collectivization
of power itself that is the enemy, at least as much as the Bad Guys
that control it.
Libertarian Party itself is not immune to the dangers of the
collectivization of power and influence, and many of us are engaged
in our own battles to spread the message of individual freedom where
most would think it unnecessary. And there will come a time when the
Ron Paul campaign for POTUS will stop and another entity will take
its place bearing the name of Ron Paul with his support. But the real
power will always remain in the message of individual freedom and in
the individual supporters of that message.
I can't imagine a
“Central Plan for Freedom”, but I can imagine an America where
the individual is free to plan for their future and the role of
government is to make certain that we are left alone to do as we wish
in peace with our neighbors. To that end we strive.