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My Team is in the Playoffs for the First Time in NFL History and all I can Think About is the Iowa Caucus

It's been a long time coming. I've been a Houston Texans fan ever since Reliant Stadium was called "Harris County Stadium" and the team was rumored to have been named the "WildCatters". What the hell a WildCatter was at the time was beyond my limited understanding of speculative mining in areas not known for natural resources. But the Houston team that Bob McNair brought to our fair city was going to be 'my team' regardless, and would replace the Oilers and it's less then humble owner Bud Adams, for the top spot in my narrow sports world view.

I am Mr. Texan. Not that I paint my face and wear bullhorns at the games, as many of my fellow fans proudly do, but that is to say that I am devoted and committed to a team who has been less than competitive over the past 10 years. I know the details of every player that every person who would consider him or herself a self described 'true fan' would know about. People can ask me anything and I can typically give them the right answer about my team.

As I lament about the years of under-performance, mistakes, heart wrenching turnovers, and bad coaching from both sides of the ball, I am uplifted at the opportunity to make a run at something we've never done before. Even with the injuries hurting our chances at a legitimate playoff run, there is a chance of actually pulling out something special in the playoffs. So there is hope.

But that hope for a team of million dollar men who I'll most likely never meet, will undoubtedly never know, and who is a team composed of individuals that are compensated handsomely to play a professional game that I'd willingly play for free, has taken a back seat to something much bigger, much greater, and vastly more important.

I am consumed with Liberty. I live on the DailyPaul.com. It's up the entire day on my computer. It is as though in the last 6 months, I have completed a Masters degree in liberty. I've refreshed all the free market material from Radford University, re-read Hayek, Friedman, Woods, Michael Oakeshott, Eric Voeglin, & Von Mises. There is still a long way to go with many more to read. Always more.

My college professor once wrote:

"Politics is the study of the ways in which human beings organize themselves in order to live. It therefore must be concerned with questions that are both very theoretical and very practical. What does it mean to live a fully human life? Is the end or purpose of life happiness or something else? Do we understand ourselves or are we strangers to ourselves? In what ways do we need one another in order to live well and what do owe one another as a consequence? What are the implications of these needs and obligations for how we organize our personal, political and economic lives?

Liberal education is about the preparation of souls which are mature and responsible since freedom in the absence of these qualities can lead to conflict and unhappiness just as easily as it can lead to fulfillment and peace. Yet we must remember that the mature and responsible person may be an outcast in a community that does not value such things. So this is about more than citizenship as conventionally understood - telling the truth and obeying the law. It is about that ultimately mysterious movement in the soul of human beings that cause us to seek what is true and beautiful and to have faith that the existence of such things is not an illusion.

Because such an education is rare and elusive and little valued in this (or any other) age, each classroom is a small microcosm of the order and disorder that constitutes life for almost all of us. [An educator's] hope is that in examining a variety of interesting questions from a variety of interesting sources, students will begin or further the process of the Platonic periagoge, a "turning around" that will lead them to richer and deeper lives and friendships - the heart of the true "college experience."

I will be happy if the Texans win on Saturday. I will be there, with all my mates, cheering on my team. I will also not feel any sadness for the Bengals in their loss. My team has won. But Saturday's festivities, with all it's hype and flare, will be overshadowed by Ron Paul's victory tonight in Iowa.

Here's to Victory, Ron Paul, and the restoration of Liberty to America!

~Danny Rosato in Sugarland Texas




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Football is temporary.

Football is temporary. History is forever. Do something historic for America.

It is. And that kinda bums me out.

Knowing that the season is over soon makes me a little sad. Nothing however, is as important as tonight in Iowa!

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

Since you are in Texas it

Since you are in Texas it really won't change anything if you're not watching the results of Iowa with the rest of us.

However, I hope you realize that in the 1800's H.G. Wells came here and talked about putting arenas for sports teams in every major city in the U.S. and worldwide. He was laughed at, because at that time sports were only really played by children.

The purposes of the sports arenas was to alleviate the aggression of human males. They would have a team and they would associate that team with themselves, as-if they were the team and the team was them. As the team was to do battle the males' aggression would be released simply by watching and experiencing their team do battle. This was for the purposes of distracting them(the males) from that which really effected their lives, i.e politics and politicians; and with the aggression being released the males would become more docile, whereby they would be less likely to take-up arms against their respected governments.

It's nice to see that the Globalists plans from the 1800's haven't worked.

Bread & Circuses brother

I get it....

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

Dr. Paul Made Me Put Sports In Perspective

I've always been a huge sports fan but since I learned about the impending economic crisis we're facing and how tied into politics it is, I've developed (a much needed!) perspective about sports. I'm a Jets fan (and they really stunk it up this year) but there are more important things in life. Dr. Paul winning the nomination is the "playoffs" for this country as far as I'm concerned (and him beating Obama in the general election - which I'm very confident he would should he get the nomination) would be the Superbowl.

Sorry bud. Packers are goin

Sorry bud. Packers are goin all the way again! :)

No Apologies Necessary. I Know. The Pack is nothing

short of absolute awesomeness.

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

It is a good feeling...

The whole state was so cheery when we won last year. I can only imagine how crazy it'll be if we go back to back or 3 in a row.

Well they have the best chance

of every team. Stud offense and killer defense.

Rogers is just playing like an All-Pro.

(Pack is my #2 team behind Houston - cool superbowl, eh?)

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

I know how you feel

As a lifelong Chargers fan I don't have to tell you what a roller coaster the past few years have been. This year thanks to the TSA style groping at games I swore off paying ANY attention to even one little replay on TV, let alone watching games or even looking at scores on the internet. I only found out two days ago that the Bolts finished 8-8, and only because I overheard a conversation.

There was a thread on the DP back in '08 that spoke so clearly to this subject. Something like "Dr. Paul ruined sports for me". Funny that an athlete like Dr. Paul, the only politician to ever hit a home run in the congressional baseball game, could lead me to this current state of apathy toward sports.

I want my country back, then I will watch sports again. Until then, sorry.

But go Texans, just for you and for making such an excellent post!

Thanks Vince!

:)

BUMP!

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

"Dr. Paul ruined sports for me"

That's hilarious. I still love sports but they certainly don't mean to me what they once did.

Just remember where your head

Just remember where your head coach came from. I think your texans are going to do better then my Broncos.

I miss John Elway.

I have met and know John. I

I have met and know John. I have done some work for him and the Denver Broncos. John is one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. Pretty much just one of the boys.

I agree.

We did a pretty good job of gutting the Broncos of talent when Smith & Kubiak came over. Don't ask me if I feel bad about it.

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

Go Texans

sundays game was super entertaining, cant believe how it ended.

Bengals Bump

Go Bengals! I am in the same situation as you but on the opposite side pertaining to football. Now in the fight for liberty we are on the same side. 8)

It's going to be quite a show on Saturday! Can't wait.

:)

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

The intellectual quest to

The intellectual quest to understand liberty is addictive, and Ron Paul is the gateway drug! Many a time I've found myself blurry-eyed at 5am on a Tuesday, having just spent the last 8 hours reading something in the Mises literature section.

It's a healthy addiction though, like being addicted to running marathons or cutting out coupons.

Here's to my fellow addicts!

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

LOL

:)

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

Your not alone... Don't worry

Your not alone... Don't worry both will win... I just don't know about after Cin

Good to see someone...

Good to see someone awake enough to set the proper priorities for a change!Thanks!, LOL.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

haha!

I'm laughing with you, not at you.

I'm a dyed-in-the-wool, lifelong Steelers fan, but the cause of Liberty trumps all of that, so to honor your right ordering of priorities...

Go Texans!

and, of course...

Ron Paul 2012!!!

My Pro Liberty Blog: http://WalkerWire.com

Boo Steelers!

Haha! I was counting on the Steelers to beat the 49ers so my Saints would have a 1st round bye.... Came up short.

But, yes, our Libertybowl starts tonight and doesn't end until November when we take the White House!

-Peace

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