Ron Paul supporters "cult like dedication"Submitted by Smudge Pot on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 12:35
I understand Breitbart has a 'tube on this but I won't bother watching it. Breitbart hasn't exactly impressed me in the past. But yeah there's a cult-like aspect in a lot of our devotion. Everybody sees it. Some of us are borderline fanatics, admit it. Especially you young people. I love it, I think it's great.
It's like watching someone fall in love for the first time. You really never do fall in love the same way twice. That head over heels infatuation never fails to bring a faded smile to my lips. Like they have a hazy memory of having been that happy or excruciatingly sad once, long ago.
I think it happens with all such highly focused ideological groups like ours. Ideas start out word of mouth and get codified and refined into hypothesis then theory then ideology and ultimately dogma. Or at least they can ultimately slide into dogma which I view to be a negative. However the points up to that are very helpful for accomplishing our objectives, in our case to spread a consistent message about liberty. A bit of cult-like adoration really gets us dedication and energy from impassioned young people.
Bring it into dogma and suddenly people aren't thinking anymore, they are just repeating. I think we're insulated from that phase by our diversity. The Constitutionalists will never stop trying to re-implement it and the Voluntarists will always be there telling us we're morons for trying. We morphed into the GOP and we can morph right back out of it in the future. We haven't come close to expending all options at our disposal.
But I know our tight ideology and our idolization of Ron Paul will continue to serve us well into the future. Ron is gonna be our standard for all future leaders to measure up to. They are gonna have to be good, they will have to practically be saints. And that's my answer to the periodic question "what are we gonna do without Ron Paul?" At this rate we'll never have to. He'll exist forever in our hearts and materially in the freedom movement. It's like he's gonna be standing right over our shoulders. "WWRD?" What would Ron do?
When your standards are set high and become enshrined it allows us a very crucial power to survival: discrimination. Which is simply the ability to tell one thing from another. We're not going to accept pretenders and we're not going to be content with substitutes. We're not going to accept failure or compromise. At least I hope not. We set the bar higher than it's ever been and that's a good thing in this day and age.
So cult away! Worship the ground he walks on! Continue to put Ron Paul stickers on your ever possession and consider having kids just to name them all Ron or Ronette. Put stickers on the neighbors dogs and insist that you haven't effected the underlying value of the dog itself. Frankly, being in a cult is fun because we always have somebody to talk to. Freedom makes a fine religion.
Heck, we might just have the universe's first opt-in, opt-out Borg collective. I'd give it a try just for sake of variation. A non-authoritarian cult seems like a good starting point.