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It Always Begins with a Betrayal

This is the story of your consciousness

It always begins with a betrayal. Decisions were made without your knowledge, without your input. You were not offered a chance to analyze them. In most cases you weren't even born when others made decisions that impacted your life. You can't comprehend their impact if you don't know they happened. They layer on top of each other, one after another for decades. Thick intellectual fog envelopes you - becomes as commonplace and routine as a train that passes your home so often you no longer notice it.

You sense something is wrong with your country but you can't put your finger on it. You cannot articulate it. You accept it because you have no other choice. Still, it stings the back of your mind. It's painful to contemplate and for the sake of your own sanity, you begin to actively suppress it.

The Visionaries

There are people out there who are immune to the intellectual fog. These are The Visionaries. They see right through it. By contrast, your visibility is right in front of your face. Theirs extends for miles as if there is no fog at all. They laugh at the pronouncements of the authorities. They ridicule and mock the experts. They yell "LIARS!" when everyone else is nodding in agreement. Their boldness both enrages and frightens you. "Who do these people think they are," you wonder? "Why do they think they know everything?" More importantly - and secretly - there is jealousy. How is it possible they know something you do not?!

The Visionaries will be betrayed as well - betrayed by the very people they try to help. They will be betrayed because some prefer the fog. It's safe and comfortable. It is a release from personal responsibility - an idea that chokes those who spent a lifetime hooked up to a support system they never fully understood or dared to contemplate. It is much easier to live in ignorance.


The Visionaries present you with an uncomfortable choice. In the one hand is your life as it is with its daily routine - the rat race - the cars, houses, and bank accounts. Green bills and plastic cards in your wallet, date nights at the movies, endless shopping malls - consumerism. The mortgage. Caring for the children. Saving the planet. Hybrids. Education. Bumper stickers extolling your child's mastery of standardized testing. Plight of the poor. Parties and cliques. Social status and People Magazine. Made in America. Democracy and charity. Waving the flag. Parades. National Holidays and Three Square Meals a Day. Democrat. Republican. The normal. Life.

In the other hand, the normal gets reduced to a pile of dust and with the slightest breath is blown away into oblivion forever. You can't go back. It's never the same.

This is your first challenge.

To Be Continued

David in Liberty
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True that

Looking forward to the next installment

Time to go watch The Matrix Trilogy Again




You sound like Morpheus. His soliloquies in Matrix 1 have chilling parallels in our reality.

Nailed It !!

Just as the author W. Somerset Maughan did in the book that went on to be post WW2 blockbuster movie.
"The Razor's Edge", starring Tyrone Power (1946).
Each of us yearn for that glimpse of the truth, the quest for why are we here?
How far will we go to find it?
How many get a second chance?.....We are there right now.
Thanks for a great read, a different perspective.
Looking forward to the next "chapter"."

Meanwhile check out:
"Why THE RAZOR'S EDGE is Essential"
....another great read.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Bugs in the machine's picture

New subscriber

I caught one of your blog entries a couple of posts back and was hooked. I really like your work.

By claiming there is no conspiracy, you prove to those who believe in the conspiracy that you are part of the conspiracy.

This is an excellent post

asking us to choose the red pill and start seeing ourselves the one. We are the one.

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself." - Thomas Jefferson

egapele's picture

I have moments where I wish I had never heard of Ron Paul.

That is such a horrible thing to say but it's my reality. Looking forward to your next blog.

Can't Say Whether I Wish I'd Never Heard Of Dr. Paul

But, beyond question, my wife wishes that I hadn't.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

BMWJIM's picture

LoL! There are hundreds if not

Thousands of us that feel the same way. On the otherhand, TRUTH and Reality can be a wonderful thing. I can now spend 5 minutes in my greenhouse with my wife and feel the love of earth and family like never before.

It is now the simple things. Simple moments! When you see through the FOG, you see TRUTH and Reality like never before. I could die tomorrow a very happy man for I no longer need TPTB. This is what I thank the good doctor for. It really is a wonderful life.


1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

egapele's picture

Don't get me wrong - I know exactly what you're saying!

I snap myself out of it remembering how Dr. Paul must have felt during all those years of screaming alone in the wilderness and now, he's living with such an avalanche of overwhelming support. Thanks for the response.

Thank You!

I'm always struggling with the question about why so few get involved to try to right some of the wrongs. Your article helps. Thank you David.

cognative dissonance

causes many to retreat to their comfort zone

Eloquent ... and utterly understandable

I hope you don't mind if I use it. I think it's powerful and poignant. Maybe it will arouse some deep-seated longings in the hearts of our otherwise brain-dead countrymen.

Beautiful little rant...

...had to share with due credit. Thanks for saying so well what others cannot.

"plight of the poor"

“Plight of the poor”

Plight of the working poor and un-employed, people plugged in to welfare are getting their checks and the Rich are getting their gov check via dividend payments and leverage put on wall street by the Fed.

They will betray you because they are payed to. They will stab you in the back with illegal labor because they can get away with it and they save money.

Good stuff it just makes me so mad. Have a good day.

Clinton/Bush/Obama: Centrist losers with their hand held out looking for a Government Bail Out Program to keep their Dividend checks propped up with Artificial Stimulus "False Profit. Welfare for stock market Gamblers.

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Hal, I know exactly how you feel

I wrote this blog with people like you in mind. Hang in there and keep reading. I have a message for you.

David In Liberty

David Burns
Simi Valley, CA

Thank you for your great blog post David

You have so eloquently put why I was apathetic, towards politics, for decades. And now why I'm so excited! My past feelings about politics and politicians... I felt like I was all alone. They seemingly had all the money, all the guns, all the people, all the capital, and all the influence, all the bases covered. It didn't feel like there was anything I could do.

I didn't know about Dr. Paul in 2008. I used the internet, but never went to anywhere on the internet that had anything to do with politics or what was going on. Business as usual seemed like it was just going to go on forever. On TV and on the Radio is where I saw most any news that I caught here and there. Obama sounded good, great even. I still didn't care enough to vote though. I guess somehow he still didn't get me excited enough to get involved. Ron Paul? Heck, I never saw or heard a thing about him. Apparently the MSM BURIED HIM DEEP in 2008 when it came to Radio and TV.

A while after Obama was elected, I started to notice that Obama was a farce. About the same time I just happen to come across something on the internet that said we were over $14 Trillion in debt and on the road to becoming like Greece. I had previously seen a some about how Greece was on the verge of bankruptcy. I thought, what? How is the nation that everyone extols as being the greatest nation on earth, the wealthiest nation on earth, with a Government that can seemingly do no wrong, about to become like Greece and go bankrupt?

I decided that I would go to a social network online to see what the people were saying about what was going on. I could see they were very displeased with the current state of affairs. I thought, okay, maybe I can finally jump in here since finally, I won't be all alone.

I discovered that all my life, I had been a Libertarian. I found that all my life I had been an Austrian Economist. I may not have been deeply educated/knowledgeable about them, but I knew that was me and always had been. Since my discovery I have been on a quest to educate myself about Austrian Economics. The Libertarianism comes naturally for me but I have been educating myself about that aspect as well. For the most part the two seem to go together anyway.

I had been brought up all my life in a world of paper money. But once I learned about what The Fed was and what it was doing, along with the fact that even I remembered from my youth... that we were taken off the Gold Standard(I was eight at that time), and I put them together, I went out in my neighborhood and shouted End The Fed! We need to abolish The Fed people! Someone that didn't quite hear me said, what? I said.. our money, it's not backed by anything! He replied, "I don't want to hear that!" I said okay, but "I'm telling ya, it's coming!"

Okay, I figured out I was perhaps coming off as being a little too much like zealot. I learned about Ron Paul. I continued educating myself more and more. I have very little Gold and Silver but I took some of my coins out with me while wearing a T-Shirt that says, "Libertarian, Because I Care", and I waved them at cars on a busy street while yelling "Sound Honest Money!"(I only did this a few times). For the last year and a half I have gone out on busy streets wearing T-Shirts with HUGE letters on them with the message "End The Fed", and "Ron Paul for President 2012". Even though overall I'm pretty poor, I give money to Ron Paul's Presidential Campaign, Campaign for Liberty, the National Right to Work Committee, National Association for Gun Rights, Americans for Sovereignty, and several others.

I could probably go on further. And although I find myself still getting angry at times about our situation from my point of view, I'll just end my post by saying it's hard to describe how it feels to know I'm not alone. In fact the movement seems to be growing by such leaps and bounds that I think it's going to bring tears of joy to my eyes. I might not only not be alone, I might end up being suffocated. As far as I'm concerned, people around the world... suffocate me! Suffocate me in a world of liberty, freedom, and voluntary cooperation!


"If we lose freedom here there's no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth." -Ronald Reagan

When they took us off the Gold Standard they took away our money... in order to make it theirs. -OneTinSoldier

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Love that one!

Love that one!

Thank-You for putting into

Thank-You for putting into words what probably all of us think. That was beautifully written.


Amazing piece, David.

Amazing piece, David. Truly.
It reminds me of how Bill Hicks closed his shows. He was one of those visionaries. I'm also getting the idea that there's a couple of them here too ;)

This is truly wonderful.

I've read it twice now. The second time just to savor it. I'm going to subscribe to your blog because I don't want to miss what comes next. Very, very impressive.

Nice start

Keep it coming ..

You wrote this?

Wow! Excellent!

Your second paragraph is/was me

I had decided I could no longer vote for the lesser of two evils. It is not working. We can't keep doing this I told myself. It was this that brought me to Dr. Paul, by accident really, and below is a small portion of a letter I sent to my family and friends as I try to help them to realize what he is about and the journey I have been on, that will forever change my life.

"I don't remember exactly what I was watching when I heard Ron Paul speak on tv. I sat and listened and was like, wow...that does not sound crazy to me. So, I started paying a little more attention to him and saw that he was going to be giving a speech at the National Press luncheon. So, for the first time ever, to my shock, I sought out CSpan and recorded it. I watched. I was like...wow...he gets it, I get it, I didn't even understand my own dissatisfaction and fear and then, listening to him, it all came together. And ever since then my heart has been lifted."

Exactly right

the fog is comfortable for most. I was told something about a slave in shackles, if they don't move, the chains that bind them won't hurt. As soon as they start to move...they are in pain.
I think there is a shift happening.
Just like you said, you can't go back once you know a truth.

That is exactly how I feel.

I can't imagine ever voting for any shill ever again. I can't watch MSM or politicians and take them with anymore seriousness than I do with my 4yr old son singing "I'm Elmo and I know it."