The scenario: dedicated activists learn of a major disposition of their contributions and are shocked to find a reputed war-mongering neocon as the recipient.
The response: a great hue and cry on the boards, via emails and hastily convened conference calls. A flurry of research from online activists and a torrent of phone calls into CFL HQ asking for clarity. So much so that CFL's phone lines reportedly reverted to a "we're closed for Thanksgiving" message leaving the distinct possibilty that we phone-bombed ourselves. LOL! It was hard-ball on the boards this morning. "Audit the CFL" was one thread that caught my attention. The unmistakable tones I was reading were outrage and betrayal. Inevitably, the old bones of the campaign and it's financial management got dredged up.
The effect: the "Unity for Victory" advocates, bless their tender heads, are now all hiding in various closets and under kitchen tables, sobbing their hearts out because they think this means the dream, that wonderful feeling of the return of Hope For America dies along with this device. That and Dem strategists have finally figured out a plan to exploit this for their purposes.
My take: those familiar with my recent writing (the more lucid stuff) know that I've long seen a rift coming for a long time. It doesn't need to be a bad or good thing, it was just gonna happen. It was in the tea leaves. And none of the issues we're dealing with now are new, you are not the first generation to spill ideological blood.
Factionalization will now occur, not because I say so but because we're a movement of rabid individuals, each of whom are impelled to participate in some sort of effective means of communicating our unique identity and value systems. That we find our most effective means of doing so in collective behavior seems endemic to our species. Without this tendency there would be no Freedoms Phoenix workshop as it's known today. Without the voluntary assistance of many, many skilled and dedicated volunteers, Ernie's workshop would be a big, empty, lifeless space.
Strategically, I think we're doing fine. I hate to say it but I think this is awesome and couldn't have come at a better time. We're in a comparitive lull in between election cycles. This might be the last breather we have. A great time to be self-analytical and get some things out of our system.
I think this internal dialog (or war, take your pick) will absolutely indicate to the nation that freedom isn't monolithic, it's not uniform, it's not the purview of any one party or ideology. Believe it or not just in understanding what our varoius distinctions are, from anarchos to xenophobes, is healthy for a brain dead nation. The dems and MSM will only be helping us if they use us as a wedge. It's a rare example of synchopae.
Hey guys, Americans LOVE choices when they shop. Freedom lovers come in every flavor, shape and size. Come on guys, accept it, see the benefit and go for it. Freedom has the ultimate product line, it's unique to each and every one of us. Work cooperatively or independently, your choice.
The fault lines are presently coming down on individual liberty and anti-militarism. Each individual in the movement will have to go through a process of self-evaluation to essentially pick a side or venue through wich to achieve effect politically & etc. There will be picking of sides, there will be competition. There's already infighting. Think of it all in the context of 3VOlUTION. Unity isn't dead, it's just exploring itself.
Be brave, be yourself, we are the rocks in the river. Time washes
around us, over us, sometimes even moves us but we remain. What you are
hearing is the sound of freedom as people remember they have a voice.
Remember that freedom is like sex: it looks sloppy as hell from the observer's standpoint but it feels great.
-note: on my mental back-burner is what is LPUS going to do? Everything their new methodology proposed to do has been done with Ron Paul. Basically leaving LPUS with nothing to do, no way to gain rellevance but to retreat back to core principles, in effect, to get to the RIGHT of RPR/CFL and represent the purists once again. Strategically, besides just rejoining the GOP or staying with the RPR reformist faction, they have absolutely noplace to go but backward. Will there be a sub-movement to "take back LPUS" or will another expression evolve?
-another note: I hate the term "3rd party" because we have a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eigth political party out there right now (left and right inclusive). Pressure continues to build for a viable alternative party. I maintain that the greatest potential for us is centrists, new voters and being brave enough to explore coalition with leftist/liberal elements to effect. I think our disintegration into component aspect such as anarcho capitalists, purist libertarians, objectivists, self-reliants, political activists & etc. provide a better gateway to some potential evolution of something truly new. We cannot ignore the "populist sentiment" that is brewing, and populist is just another word for the general masses who have no real idea why they are so pissed off.