Area DP GroupsSubmitted by LibertarianRising on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 20:17
Not long ago a thread was created asking: "Who are you guys?". I perused this thread with great interest as I'm quite interested in the question myself. Most of the responses were very forthcoming, giving information of themselves and how they came to be here on the DP, this unique fellowship of individualists. However, some users were very reluctant to give any personally identifying information and placed a very high value on their anonymity. This is certainly their free choice. And some even accused the originator of the thread of being a troll, perhaps even a shill for the bad guys. However, I've come to believe it's a mistake for us to be so very isolated, especially from each other.
As I was reading the various responses I couldn't help but notice when a user freely indicated they were near to where I live - the Denver area. When this happened I decided that I would add that user as a friend. The idea in my mind was that maybe at some point in time we could get together face-to-face. (Question: Was this "data mining" - even in the most benign sense?). After awhile I stopped because I realized I didn't really have specific plan.
As I reflected, I examined my motivation for doing what I was doing. Why did I want to "collect" nearby DP users? So I found myself asking these questions. What if Cousin Janet pulls the plug on the Internet or even just the DP? Who will you contact to find out what's really happening? Who do you really KNOW on the Daily Paul? What if the SHTF and we're all left out in the cold? Doesn't it make sense to connect in a less anonymous way to like-minded thinkers before that happens? How will you contact these people who you've come to regard as your Daily Paul family? These were the thoughts that came into my mind.
I started to think about Dr. Paul, as I often do. How does he behave? He doesn't hide behind an anonymous user handle. He stands fearless and tall in the face of evil. He puts himself out there for the world to see, proud and unashamed of the truth for which he stands. I came to realize this gives him great power. I then realized it would do the same for any of us if we made the same choice. Consider Michael Nystrom, our benevolent landlord here at the Daily Paul. He also follows Dr. Paul's lead in this regard and he has become powerful because of it. I could mention many others - Judge Napolitano, John Stossel, Tom Woods and so on. All very good examples to follow.
We really have no reason for any level of paranoia - especially from ourselves. Yes there are almost certainly trolls and shills on this web site. Why should we care or be bothered by that in any way? We should welcome ALL - even (perhaps especially) those who don't share our beliefs. We aren't doing anything wrong at all. We are simply sharing information and exercising (vigorously) our natural right of free speech in a non-violent way. Maybe the bad guys already have a little folder on each and every one of us. I've decided that I don't care and neither should you.
I like this quote from the good doctor - Dr. Suess, in this case.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
I think the we here at the Daily Paul are a special kind of family. We share a bond, a common set of knowledge that those who haven't yet awakened can't understand. People are starting to wake up, but most just hit the snooze button and pull the covers back over their head. They'll probably continue to do so until they smell smoke and it's too late. For those of us who choose to live life in the bleak light of actual reality I truly believe connecting with each other in a personal way is a necessity.
That's why I'm making this thread. I think it would be a great idea if we here at the Daily Paul connect in a more personal way - geographically speaking. As I've said, I live in the Denver area. I would welcome contact from any DP member in the Denver area. For what purpose, you ask? Well for the reasons I've already stated, of course. Let's burn a few burgers or something and strategize about the future. Here's an idea: I've been known to sit down at a poker table on occasion. How about a small, one table poker tournament, with the winner taking home an ounce of silver. We just get together from time to time. I don't see a need for meetup groups or anything formalized - email is all we really need.
So if you think this is a good idea and would like to put yourself out there then please comment on this thread and indicate your geographical area of interest. There's no need to go into detail unless you want to - just indicate your area and maybe an idea for a get-together. Commenting in this way will indicate your interest in making contact with other DP members in your area. I'm in the Denver area but I would sincerely welcome personal contact from any DP member from anywhere. We're family - it's time we got to know each other personally.