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Message From An Older Republican

I don't know, does my being 61 years old qualify me as "older"?
My sister is 64. My kid brother is a mere toddler at 57. It certainly plops us in the middle of a demographic that has been a hard sell for Ron Paul, the "Baby Boomers".

And if I don't qualify, how about my mother and father-in-law, both in their eighties?
Or how about my 93 year old neighbor Doris, who let me put up a 3'x4' “Ron Paul 2012” sign in here yard.

We are all Ron Paul supporters.

My mother has been a lifelong Republican, Christian evangelical, born and raised in the middle of the Bible Belt.

The folks down at the Ron Paul headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa probably remember her. She was the white-haired lady that was banging at their door one Saturday morning and wondering why no one answered. (The hours that were posted on the door were left over from the previous tenet but she didn't know that.) She came back later and scolded them for not being open on time. "It looks bad for Ron Paul. Unprofessional. People might think he's dropped out."

Mom gets angry at the mainstream media just like the rest of us. She sputters and fumes about how “They” are scared to death of Ron Paul. And she gets frustrated with her peers who can't seem to see past the propaganda.

So the question is, if Ron Paul is a candidate who only appeals to young people, why are WE the exception?

I actually had a reporter ask me that question. I laughed and said that maybe it was because I was “young at heart”. I was joking then, but now that I have had more time to think about it, I'm not so sure.

Maybe if being “young at heart” has something to do with having an open mind, I wasn't that far off. Humility is a virtue. Humility doesn't mean that you have low self esteem, that you are unsure of yourself, or are unsure of the things that you know; it simply means that you still believe that someone else might have something to teach you. But in practical terms, maybe it just means that I have never been been comfortable with any of the politically correct models of the world. I have never been satisfied with the glib explanations offered by the liberal/conservative paradigm.

I could never fully buy in to the status quo because I just had too much intellectual integrity. Like Galileo, I could not dismiss the evidence of my own eyes, no matter how much it would have simplified my life.

Unfortunately, this seems to be a common trait among Ron Paul supporters. I say unfortunately because it also seems to be a fairly UNcommon trait in the general population.

In 2007 I thought that we MIGHT be on the verge of a tidal wave, or maybe I should say, an avalanche. If there were enough people out there like myself and my family, all it would take is getting the word out about Ron Paul, and the face of American politics would be changed forever.

It did not take me long to become disillusioned.
Let’s face it. The avalanche never happened, and the low hanging fruit has long since been gathered.

Most of my peers (the older Republicans) are good people. They believe in self-reliance and personal responsibility. They aren’t looking for a handout. They are willing to work for their prosperity.

But converting them to Ron Paul will involve a lot more than waving a sign or shouting “End the Fed” at a passing car.

Let me explain.

My generation has been lied to since we first toddled off to Kindergarten. We have had propaganda pounded into our skulls for decades, and it hasn't gotten any better as we have gotten older. Every time we caught a glimpse through the matrix; IF we were ever brave enough or stupid enough to mention it, we got a cold slap in the face.

The early Boomers got to ride a demographic wave of prosperity for decades. Assuming that we kept our mouths shut, bought into the system, didn't mention the emperor’s nakedness; we were rewarded by good paying jobs. We could be managers, supervisors, and executives over the late boomers, and everyone could benefit from the incredible wealth brought on by cheap energy and exploding technology.

We were told that we were extraordinarily blessed (true) and that our prosperity had come at the expense of the majority of humanity who lived in poverty (false). Capitalism, we were told, was synonymous with greed.
Before we could be forgiven for our prosperity we must acknowledge our guilt and the debts we owed to so many others.

We owed reparations to the great grandchildren of slaves. It was OUR fault that they lived in ghettos. We OWED them the Civil Rights Act and the “War on Poverty” and “affirmative action”.

We OWED the people of Viet Nam the lives and limbs of America's young soldiers (mostly OUR lives and limbs), even if it meant forcing them into slave armies.

We OWED our elders Social Security and then Medicare. We OWED the Israelites a country of their own. We OWED the starving third world nations aid by the billions.

To pay our debts we wrote blank checks to the federal government. When that wasn't enough we let the Federal Reserve write the blank checks for us.
We were told that the national debt really didn't mean anything anyway.

We were told that the U.S. Constitution was only there to protect criminals or homosexuals or communists or atheists or women who wanted abortions.

Anyone who opposed any of this was a bigot, a Nazi, unpatriotic, or at the very least incredibly selfish and ungrateful.

And when all that we could give still wasn't enough to eliminate poverty and disease and racism from the world, we were told it was because WE had sin in our hearts.

Oh, They didn't use the word “sin”, but that was the message.
For what is “unconscious” racism or sexism or ageism if not the modern equivalent of original sin?

And now we are told that to be a good person we must also cleanse ourselves of the unrighteousness of “nationalism”, become a citizen of the world, give up our greenhouse gas-producing cars and light bulbs, give up our jobs to people in India or China or Korea or Mexico or work for less pay, fewer benefits, and longer hours.

And then 9/11 came along and gave us something else to worry about, but it also gave the demagogues an opportunity to redirect our growing anger and frustration.
They pushed all of our primal buttons.
Now any one who opposed their agenda was not just unpatriotic, but also a fool and a coward.

But the wars dragged on, the market crashed and with it our life savings and any dream of retiring.

But our joints are starting to ache and we can't remember phone numbers and names don't come to mind as quickly as they used to. And to top it all off, our company is looking to downsize or offshore or re-organize or merge.

We are older “Republicans” because we know that the only alternative stinks to high Heaven.
We are mad as hell and we don't have a clue what to do about it.
We have too many people giving us too many alternative explanations and too many “solutions”, and none of them ring very true.
But the last thing we need is for somebody to come along and tell us AGAIN how it is all OUR fault and how OBVIOUS it should have been that the people we voted for were actually evil or greedy or stupid or (worse) that WE have been evil or greedy or stupid.

See, if you want to vent your frustrations at us, go ahead,... and lose.

But if you want to “Restore America Now”, you’re going to have to practice a little empathy.
WE aren’t the enemy.
WE are the victims of the enemy.

The conspiracy has always thrived on turning us against one another; white against black, women against men, Democrat against Republican, young against old.

The conspiracy took over the media and academia before we were even out of diapers. And unless you are part of our generation, you will never know what it feels like to unlearn five decades of brainwashing. You will never know the pain of realizing that you have wasted your life destroying your own country.

So be gentle. Be kind. Be friendly.
We are on your side, we just don’t know it yet.
We don’t need to understand the Federal Reserve as much as we need to know that you CARE.

And if we can feel THAT, we will give you the time to explain all the rest.
We really DO need each other.
“We the People” always have.



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The Spirit of Youth...

Youth is the incarnation of reason pitted against the rigidity of tradition; youth puts the remorseless questions to everything that is old and established – Why? What is this thing good for? And when it gets the mumbled, evasive answers of the defenders it applies its own fresh, clean spirit of reason to institutions, customs and ideas and finding them stupid, inane or poisonous, turns instinctively to overthrow them and build in their place the things with which its visions teem. . . .

Youth is the leaven that keeps all these questioning, testing attitudes fermenting in the world. If it were not for this troublesome activity of youth, with its hatred of sophisms and glosses, its insistence on things as they are, society would die from sheer decay. It is the policy of the older generation as it gets adjusted to the world to hide away the unpleasant things where it can, or preserve a conspiracy of silence and an elaborate pretense that they do not exist. But meanwhile the sores go on festering just the same. Youth is the drastic antiseptic. . . . It drags skeletons from closets and insists that they be explained. No wonder the older generation fears and distrusts the younger. Youth is the avenging Nemesis on its trail. . . .

Our elders are always optimistic in their views of the present, pessimistic in their views of the future; youth is pessimistic toward the present and gloriously hopeful for the future. And it is this hope which is the lever of progress – one might say, the only lever of progress. . . .

The secret of life is then that this fine youthful spirit shall never be lost. Out of the turbulence of youth should come this fine precipitate – a sane, strong, aggressive spirit of daring and doing. It must be a flexible, growing spirit, with a hospitality to new ideas and a keen insight into experience. To keep one’s reactions warm and true is to have found the secret of perpetual youth, and perpetual youth is salvation.
- Randolph Bourne

There has always been a dialectic between

the conservative and the creative.

Sometimes it is hard to tell which is which. Ron Paul's principles are so old that they are new, fresh, and even radical.

I did my share of questioning, philosophizing, and re-inventing the world as a young man.

But for some reason I never quit.
Not because I didn't come to some conclusions, but because there always seemed to be a new frontier just over the next hill.

There seems to be something more going on here than the mere passage of time.

******************************
The Virtual Conspiracy

Not buying it

"My generation has been lied to since we first toddled off to Kindergarten. We have had propaganda pounded into our skulls for decades, and it hasn't gotten any better as we have gotten older. Every time we caught a glimpse through the matrix; IF we were ever brave enough or stupid enough to mention it, we got a cold slap in the face."

If you were a baby boomer growing up in the South, you faced propaganda of a different kinds. Blacks were evil, the Civil War was great, Christians >>>> everyone else, etc.

"Assuming that we kept our mouths shut, bought into the system, didn't mention the emperor’s nakedness; we were rewarded by good paying jobs. We could be managers, supervisors, and executives over the late boomers, and everyone could benefit from the incredible wealth brought on by cheap energy and exploding technology."

Well, this is what you guys did. You took a tax cut + increased welfare from Reagan and Bush and looked the other way while they did so many atrocities.

"We were told that we were extraordinarily blessed (true) and that our prosperity had come at the expense of the majority of humanity who lived in poverty (false)."

A case can be made that the prosperity of American has come at the expense of Native Americans, Chinese workers, etc. There is a reason goods are so cheap to make over there, etc.

"Capitalism, we were told, was synonymous with greed."

Right. If you grew up in the 50s and 60s, there was NO WAY you were taught this. Capitalism was godly, communism was even. Going to school in the 80s and 90s, this was still a message strongly pounded in.

"We owed reparations to the great grandchildren of slaves. It was OUR fault that they lived in ghettos. We OWED them the Civil Rights Act and the “War on Poverty” and “affirmative action”."

Hold on. Do you really think that Whites did not "owe" Blacks the Civil Rights Act? REALLY? So you believe that Blacks shouldn't have had the right to vote, desegregation, etc. The Blacks don't have the right to equal protection under the law?

"We OWED our elders Social Security and then Medicare."

Really? Social Security and Medicare are payed by the people who recieve then. Grow up, learn the facts.

"We OWED the Israelites a country of their own. We OWED the starving third world nations aid by the billions."

Let us be fair; the US has given very, very little aid to "starving third-world countires". Most of their aid has gone to people that they "like" politically; dictators, Israel, Europe, etc. I don't think Africa has recieved too much government aid.

"We were told that the U.S. Constitution was only there to protect criminals or homosexuals or communists or atheists or women who wanted abortions."

See, here is the problem I have. Your generation has hated homosexuals, hated drug-users, hated non-Christians, etc. Not because they were BRAINWASHED BY THE GOVERNMENT. But because they sincerely do. The fact that you don't even mention the idoicy of modern social conservatism is telling.

And you know what? The US constitution DOES exist ot protect criminals, homosexuals, communists, atheists from persecution. It protects them from getting abused by a majority who does no like them.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Here's the thing

Apparently from your remarks,you weren't young or perhaps even around during the '60s. If you were,you'd know how absolutely incorrect many of your statements and assumptions and stereotypes are.

Where do I start?

"We" did support a lot of terrible presidents and policies in the last 50 years. (And I personally thought Reagan was a terrible president.) But there has always been a bait and switch. Both Reagan and Bush said some very good things as CANDIDATES and DID very bad things instead. If someone voted for G.W. because he campaigned to put an end to nation-building and promised a humble foreign policy was that wrong?

No, it was wrong because WE should have figured out that you can't trust anyone that is supported by the political insiders no matter what they say. So far I haven't seen ANY generation of Americans that have learned THAT lesson.

I'm sorry to hear that you have bought into so many of the politically correct myths.
The propaganda was subtler in the 50's and 60's but it was just as pervasive. I remember Trick or Treating for Unicef as a child and I was elected as one of the outstanding delegates in our high school's model United Nation. As to racism, in Kindergarten I lived across the street from the college's Carver Science Hall named after George Washington Carver. To hear people talk, you would have thought that he was the second coming of Isaac Newton instead of the inventor of peanut butter.

When I went to college (granted to one of the most liberal colleges in the Midwest) it was a whole lot cooler to be a communist than a capitalist. I remember the coat closet of our dorm being turned into a "Free Store" by the resident hippie/yuppies where we were supposed to put things for other people to take. Somebody had spray painted "Property is Theft" in big red letters across the walls.

And no I don't think we OWED the Civil Rights Act to anyone. We OWED treating everyone with the same amount of respect for their individual liberties as everyone else.

And we certainly have not OWED that most racially bigoted of statist policies, affirmative action to anyone ever. If you can't see that as self-evident then we I'm afraid we will just have to remain at odds.

But I can see a pattern to your objections. You have bought into the PC stereotypes which the political establishment has tried so hard to cultivate. The same MSM that suppresses the message of Republicans like Ron Paul are the same ones that amplify the gay-bashing and race-baiting rhetoric of a vocal minority in the GOP and christen them as the "leaders" of the GOP and even the Tea Party. That is no accident, and you could be an example of why that strategy has been so successful.

If you remain convinced that a whole generation of Americans is irredeemable, then you will forever be a "phone booth" libertarian.

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The Virtual Conspiracy

What exactly do you "buy"...

I'm 65 and I don't appreciate being "blamed" for all the problems of today. I could blame my parents for sucking up all the social security monies (which I paid for 50 years) and allowing gold to be confiscated. I could blame my grandparents for allowing the federal reserve to be established. I could blame both generations for being so foolish as to fall for World War I and World War II...
One can always find "someone" to blame for "their" problems.
I'm not overly impressed with the accomplishments of the younger generation today - but I'm not blaming them for the ills of society (of which they have a part). It took 235 years to get to this state...and everyone shares a part of the problem...
Let's stop the blame game.
Homosexuals, atheists, and drug users are NOT the problem - neither are the elderly - the problem is government - so protecting some people while blaming others is being biased yourself.
If one does not win the votes of a large number of the generation you apparently "blame" - the election will be lost.
And I must say, being 65, if I was not already an avid Ron Paul supporter, and I read your essay, I would NOT vote for the candidate that YOU were promoting.

Everyone shares a part of the

Everyone shares a part of the problem, but not everyone equally.

In the words of the great Billy Joel, we did not start the fire, no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it.

The problem is the government that has grown under the eyes of the people. The people have failed in their duty to reign in government.

And, it isn't like there was a singificant minority opposing these things. Up until recently, the federal reserve was universally loved. Cold War policies were universally supported. 91% of American supported our invasion of Iraq.

On and on and on....

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

Agree...

...partly. As far as Billy Joel's quote...that song was written in 1989 as his rebuttal to criticism of the baby boomers (he was a boomer)...
and the words "we didn't start the fire, it was always burning since the world's been turning" applies to everyone and makes my point - don't blame one generation for all the problems.
The boomers WERE busy protesting Vietnam, marching with MLK, and fighting for women's rights. Perhaps they should have done more in the political arena, but hey, everyone has their own battles. Perhaps your generation can defeat the neo-cons.

Labels divide us

Labels divide us, they always have.
Dr. Paul is so wise in his manner of building coalitions. You can't build coalitions by using divisive terms. Thanks for helping to demonstrate that the problems we face have spanned more than one generation.

Thank you

I was gripeing yesterday about how the boomers have bankrupted my generation (Gen Y), and now they want me to pay for it. This account brought me back down to earth and showed that yall are not the enemy.

Keep griping

I'm a boomer too and my generation has screwed you over and continues to do so.

Don't apologize. Sure, generalizations never account for the exceptions but consider those exceptions to be a minor slice of my generation.

From my earliest adult years I've felt that way about "the older generation". I was right as you are right.

It's got to end somewhere and if it can be stopped after my generation, even if that means my generation doesn't get the grab bag of goodies stolen from you and those your age, that'll be a very good thing...it's the only way to avoid much more strife, stress and bankruptcy among our people.

We're headed for age warfare and I'll continue to be on your side!

NEVER give up the gripe!

I'm 63 and a Boomer too..and I agree with...

everything you said! Don't write us Boomers (or other oldsters) off! We've seen a lot and are not blinded by greed or resentment like too many of our generation. Ron Paul 2012!

Harry Browne on Social Security

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jqOg5n904A

I'm 56, I'm an Atheist/Anarchist of the Stefan Molyneau persuasion, I own my own business and I will not do work for the local, state, or federal government. I will not accept social insecurity payments even though I have payed in to them most of my life. I believe that social security is wrong and I do not participate in things that are wrong if possible. BTW, I'm not rich and I see myself working till I die.
Ron Paul is the only candidate that is worth voting for and I don't see much hope for the US if he is not elected. It would be nice for once in my life to hear a president say things I agree with for a change.

How To Elect Ron Paul

greg, Stephen has produced a video that can be helpful for RP campaign,
"How To Elect Ron Paul" -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-26c7WxaiE&feature=youtube_g...

it was posted on DP last month, its very good.

I am 60 years old, and...

I first voted for Ron Paul for President in 1988, and I will be voting for him again in 2012.

1896... Ahh! To be a spry 61 again!

So, 1896 it was... Let me recall.. What was it I was trying to recall? ...

I retraced actual historical accounts... adding liberal amounts of my own invention to patch up any missing or disjointed facts... in "PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC (1896)." Then I fit them together in a
narrative.

Best regards,

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Great post

First off, thanks for writing this. To the demographics issue, I saw a post on here that makes perfect sense. The media on the TV is completely bought, and constantly brainwashes people, especially about Paul. Hell, you can almost guarantee that immediately after Bill OReilly says Ron Paul, he follows it up with... He won't win. Fortunately, the Internet cuts through a lot of this bs. You get clips from cspan, YouTube cuts, an people commenting about these discrepancies. Without this, I might still be rooting for another bought shill. The good news, is as my demograph 30-40 gets older, we'll still be using the Internet, whereas the current older generation is a bit scared to use the computer, and baffled with all the buttons and how it works. Keep winning those hearts and minds, it's up to people like you, and personal phone calls that'll pull this group towards the freedom movement of Ron Paul.

Eeww, a 61 year old, all I

Eeww, a 61 year old, all I hear is a faint and feeble cry of "respect my authority"...But in all seriousness, what an excellent post, I' considering printing it out and passing copies of it along to my more mature peers. Withstanding your good graces of course.

This post is so moving it

This post is so moving it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with us.

There are two teams in this country. Team America, and team screw America. We, that would include the boomers, are team America, and they ( grinch, frothy, helicopter Ben, etc) are team screw America. It's really that simple sometimes.

Demographics

The demographics for Dr. Paul that the Parrot Media puts forth is an absolute farce, just like the polls and sham election results.

Awesome post!

You have about a decade on me, but this is exactly how I feel. The part about supporting Paul in 2007 and your disillusionment, bang right where I was. We the people, need to get back there...

PW

spacehabitats: This is one of the best articles on DP, ever!

You have put into words, so perfectly, what it is to be an awakened Boomer. Your article has such class, reality, TRUTH, I felt myself being pulled into the next word.

My heart is so heavy with appreciation and respect for your writing what I wish I had the ability to write. You wrote it so beautifully. I want to sent this to everyone I know. I want to read this to everyone who will listen. I want to see this published in every paper, magazine and blog, secular to religious. I want a YouTube, a movie, a book... I want to share this article far and wide.

God Bless you for having the wisdom, compassion and courage to write this article and sharing it. May I share it? May I have your permission? From the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU for writing this article! Now I'll read what others posted to you, and about it. TWO BIG THUMBS UP from me, a Boomer who witnesses this article as 100% correct!

Convey to RP + +

surely this post is so frank, fair, insightful, enlightening,= and like yourself we all appreciate it a lot, with thankfulness. Please find a way that it reaches RP, his family, campaign managers, - so that they re-phrase some contents of the campaign, in Light of what we read above. Let the invitation be broader, appeal to a wider audience, - and leave the demons to rot in their dens.
Let There Be Light.

The internet is the red pill

we all took it if we are here, it changes your whole perception of everything, now we all have to live with questioning everything we see and hear, it is not always fun, but I have learned to not let it get under my skin. I say what will be will be, and I will do everything I can to make it not be if I can help it. I have solice by knowing if it all goes down, I will have some pretty smart Paulites somewhere to group with and survive, we may have to eat squirrels, but we will have good company. I don't blame you for anything, I am your younger at 36, but I can understand how easy it was to be brainwashed, I was right there with you, never thought the media and the likes would purposefully mislead me, but now I know. You are a babyboomer, but you were willing to research and wake up, you are with us. I blame the people who have hope and change on their brain and still vote for the same idiots. I can see someone falling for Santorum, maybe Romney, but the idiots that put Gingrich at the top in South Carolina, there is no excuse for them. You don't have to be awake to know Gingrich is the scum of the earth. Glad to have you here Spacehabitats, let's do what we can with what we have!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Duly noted

I shall do our best to give you our respect and understanding. Please do the same. I had a great conversation about Paul earlier today with an "older" couple and they were very receptive to what I was trying to teach them about the false information from the media. It ended in a friendly nature. I will try to continue be gentle, caring and respective about their feelings. Great writing on your perspective spacehabitat, I'm not too far behind you in at 49.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

Not just for youngsters

I'm 56 and have voted Democrat, Republican and Libertarian, and was a state committeeman in the Arizona Republican party back in the 1980s.

Mom is 86, raised 3 kids. Her dad was a college professor at Pitt, in the Political Science department.

Dad is 92. Fought in WWII against the Japanese, almost got killed several times.

Both parents are lifelong Democrats, voted for FDR.

None of us is religious.

All are voting for Ron Paul.

Now you go figure out how our demographic fits into the standard political map!

Just because he'd lose

Just because he'd lose without them does not mean credit should be given where credit is due. Just as our generation is responsible for the people they elect and their subsequent action, so yours and previous ones were for theirs. Acknowledging fault is not the same as assigning blame. I can understand wanting to get past the stigma because of any lack of personal involvement in the destruction, but to not at least acknowledge some responsibility is very unfair to the young people who are propping up the system that was built to destroy them before they were even born.

It's not the age as much as it is the media.

Some retired people watch TV or have it on 24/7. My Mom (71) never turns her TV off, but cancelled cable, that means NO Faux or CNN. I can't believe the difference in her. The other day she said, "Did you know Ron Paul was a doctor?" and "they never let him talk". This year she really likes him and will actually listen to me. She doesn't have a computer and doesn't go to work or do anything else. I've heard from several retired women that their husbands listen to Faux all day and they are getting difficult to live with because they're always so angry.

Very Insightful post!

@spacehabitats: You're so right in your post above. I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India where a lot of the IT jobs go to from the United States in the form of "call centers." In the early to mid 90's I protested that sending these jobs abroad to India, China and the Phillipines was just creating LOTS of problems for the United States in the long run, however, I was blatantly labeled a racist. I saw then that sending jobs abroad would be extremely detrimental for the United States. But we did it anyway.

I've lived in the United States since 1991 when I came here as an international student to study. I'm now a citizen, but have loved this country since I was a child. India never felt like home. So I completely agree with you and would just HOPE that more people see and understand what you see.

Here we are at the cusp of a wonderful revolution of ideas and have a country and the Constitution at stake. Let's hope and work in earnest to save both.