Grassroots movements are often hotbeds of strong ideas, opinions, and personalities. Unfortunately at times those personalities clash and the movement can rip itself apart before it has a chance to spread its wings, I can say the same of people within a movement. On a larger scale we have Neo-con Republicans like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck doing their damndest to hijack the tea party movement. For them its about the left/right paradigm, they don't care if the country's in trouble as long as their guy is in charge.
Sidenote, anyone else weirded out by both Republicans and Democrats wanting to attack Iran? Anyone else weirded out by the fact that Obama is following Bush's strategy of warmongering? That in of itself should tell you there are larger forces at work, such as the global banking cartel.
I digress, When you stand up for an ideal its harder to do than if you're standing for some particular candidate. A candidate can be bribed, threatened, etc. An idea however, remains steadfast through the centuries like some bright star in the sky. You can choose to not acknowledge it but its still there and will be there long after your flesh has rotted and your bones have turned to dust. In fact an idea is unkillable, its immortal. I have to respect and admire those who stick to their ideals, and the ideas those ideals cleave to.
True tests of strength are those in which you endure suffering for an idea. People have died for ideas, ideas of religious freedom, personal freedom, rights, independence, and a countless number of others. A Holy man once said to me "Even after all the believers leave this world, the belief remains".
The CIA knows that the best way to destroy a movement is to get them fighting amongst themselves, often they don't even need to infilltrate because egos in the movement will clash and what can be termed as inter-tribal warfare will take place. You begin to have activists tearing each other down over petty bullshit that doesn't even matter in a larger context. Of course the victim can be mocked, but then can one then ever trust the one doing the victimizing? Yes, I know some would say there are no such things as victims. I can point out a few billion dead over the course of human history who could easily say otherwise. As much as your frail ego would like to think that one can make itself bigger by making another smaller, this is simply not the case.
You have to hang your hat on your own accomplishments and abilities, make yourself greater by being great. When we in the movement decide to tear each other apart due to our own weak egos we not only hurt ourselves but each other, and most importantly the movement by which we can take back our world. Some may say that by sacrificing some activists one can get into a postion of power to change things. This is of course the justification of a weak character.
Do as you choose, can you sleep peacefully with so much blood on your hands? I can, and a few I know can. But only because it is their own blood, blood dripping from their hands as the savagely attack the obstacles in their way. Indeed when one is willing to sacrifice oneself to oneself then one is on the way to becoming a trully great human being. Then of course it is no sacrifice, for in struggling through pain to gain freedom you are giving up a lesser value for a greater value. I value myself, I value my character. I will leave you with a saying from a great wise man. "He who conquers himself is the greatest warrior".