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Letter of Warning to the GOP

** I'd like to preface this to the Daily Paul crowd by saying that this was written directly to neo-cons who don't actually realize that they're neo-cons and that while some here might not relate to my opinions or share my journey to enlightenment, I feel that many will. **

I'm sick of my only option being which establishment candidate can you stomach the most? How many times will we have to say "I don't really like any of them, but..." and vote right down party line. I'm 29. I voted for the "compassionate conservative" Bush in 2000 because he was the republican. I defended the hell out of him and voted for him again in 2004, obviously, because he was the republican. Same in '08. I naively wanted Romney, but voted McCain (like there is any difference) so I could help the team win.

I listened to Rush and Levin and Glenn. I watched Foxnews and only Foxnews, regularly. I’d brag about how “I don’t watch the mainstream media” unable to see the irony that Fox has more viewers than every other cable news channel combined. I would go to Drudge multiple times daily and keep up with only the news cycle that he peddled. I was informed. I knew I was informed. Liberals know nothing, liberals hate and are destroying this country, liberals don't care about patriotism OR the constitution OR freedom, blah, blah, blah. While that's true, they don't :D I was never looking at the other side of the same coin. Why hadn’t they informed me of the path of destruction, debt, and disregard for our Constitution that the “conservative” majority Congress and Bush had actively been undertaking for the last two decades? Why don’t they ever talk about how deficit spending really started under Reagan, ramped up with Clinton, and then exploded with Bush? And why wasn’t I smart enough to see through it?

The reason is that the "conservative" party was hijacked long before many of us were ever born and we've never gotten a chance to truly appreciate or learn about what REAL conservatism is. We get accustomed to getting our news from comfortable sources. Sources that reinforce our beliefs, regardless of whether or not they are right. Here’s something everyone should know: Ron Paul is the last remnant of what, for the majority of our nation's history, was considered conservative.

You hear Rush or Levin say "neo-cons" and immediately you think of the David Frums or David Brooks or Bill Kristols. But in reality, they don’t even realize that they should be looking in the mirror. It’s every program on Fox; it’s all the talk radio personalities "conservatives" adore as these brilliant beacons of truth and knowledge. Hannity is one of the most vocal with his, "I'm not a republican, I'm a conservative." Whether its self-delusion or just ignorance, I couldn't tell you. Do I think these guys lack intelligence? Absolutely not. They have accrued a lifetime of knowledge and on many subjects, they are spot on. The problem is that very often they are not right and their influence is so pervasive that many people blindly follow them regardless. Myself included for a long time.

My awakening came just last spring when I got into an argument over our foreign policy. I rattled off all the talking points I had come to know as truth. "The world needs us to keep them safe. They might act like they hate us, but we'll see who they call when they need help. The terrorists attacked us for our freedom, our ideals, our culture, etc." It wasn't until I decided to open a book to better educate myself on why I believed, what I believed, that I realized how misinformed I had been. Have you ever said, "I like Ron Paul, except for his foreign policy?" I did too, frequently. If you ask the average GOP voter to describe RP's foreign policy in one word the most frequent responses would be "crazy" “dangerous” or "isolationist."

How could a guy so spot on about economic and domestic policy be so wrong on foreign policy? To better understand this I decided to read his book The Revolution: A Manifesto and got to see his views straight from his pen, without the bias.

Consider my amazement when he tried to defend his positions by quoting from the founding fathers: Washington, Jefferson, and Adams. Wait…what? That can’t be. These same founding fathers that we hold in such high esteem shared the same foreign policy views as “crazy, isolationist” Ron Paul? It couldn’t be, yet it was staring me right in the face. If you don’t believe me, look it up for yourself. I read on. He considered himself not an isolationist, but a noninterventionist. If you’re anything like I was, you’re probably thinking, what’s the difference?

Consider this quote:

“It is easy to dismiss the noninterventionist view as the quaint aspiration of men who lived in a less complicated world, but it’s not so easy to demonstrate how current policies serve any national interest at all. Perhaps an honest examination of the history of American interventionism in the twentieth century, from Korea to Kosovo to the Middle East, would reveal that the Founding Fathers foresaw more than we think.

Anyone who advocates the noninterventionist foreign policy of the Founding Fathers can expect to be derided as an isolationist. I myself have never been an isolationist. I favor the exact opposite of isolation: diplomacy, free trade, and freedom of travel. The real isolationists are those who impose sanctions and embargoes on countries and peoples across the globe because they disagree with the internal and foreign policies of their leaders. The real isolationists are those who choose to use force overseas to promote democracy, rather than seeking change through diplomacy, engagement, and by setting a positive example. The real isolationists are those who isolate their country in the court of world opinion by pursuing needless belligerence and war that have nothing to do with legitimate national security concerns.”

That was enlightening truth straight from the mind of Ron Paul. Have any of you ever heard his foreign policy presented like that? I hadn’t. If you have and still consider him nuts, than I’m sorry I’ve wasted your time and you can just quit reading because I doubt anything else I can say will sway you. When you understand that though and really think about it, it’s no wonder the soldiers overwhelmingly support him, receiving five times the military donations as every other candidate combined. Unlike EVERY OTHER candidate who are all bankrolled by giant corporations and Wall Street, Ron Paul’s top 3 donors come from individuals in the US Army, US Air Force, and US Navy. Maybe instead of throwing that yellow ribbon on the back of your car, you actually listen to and support the troops. You know those same troops who support Ron Paul. Its sad how those who rail on about the injustices and dangers of governmental intervention in our country, fail to even question when we pursue the same actions overseas.

After understanding his views and finding myself agreeing with them, I decided to consider the whole package. Here we have a candidate who went to Washington D.C. having already served a lifetime in the private sector as an OB/GYN. Spurred to action by a deep understanding of history, our Constitution and sound economic policy and foreseeing the dangers inherent in the direction the country was headed, set out to make a difference. His principles were grounded in the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and knowledge of Austrian Economics. It’s easy to be consistent when you know what you believe in and have a framework on which you base your decisions, the Constitution. He never once voted to raise taxes, never once voted for an unbalanced budget, never once voted for anything he wasn’t expressly permitted to by his oath of office to that founding document.

There’s a reason he is never attacked on his record, it’s because they can’t. It’s flawless and purely consistent. There’s a reason he was the lone no vote in congress, over and over again, on bill after bill. He didn’t have the authority. Imagine how much integrity and personal courage it took to take that stand, time and time again, all the while knowing he was going to be labeled a kook or unpatriotic because of it. Imagine the patience of this man, surrounded by the cesspool of corrupt, ignorant, opportunists in politics only for the fame and fortune, shining the beacon of individual liberty and steadfastly moving onward converting followers’ one person at a time. They say that once you become a Ron Paul supporter, you’re a supporter for life. I believe that to be true. The message of true liberty, once understood, is too powerful.

It’s because of Dr. Ron Paul that for the first time in my life I’ve donated politically, volunteered for a campaign, sought to educate myself more fully on economics, history, the Constitution, the dangers of the Federal Reserve and interventionism (foreign and domestic) and why I believe what I believe. Finally, I’ve got a candidate that I want to vote for; I’m excited to vote for and will do what I can to inspire others to vote for. That’s why myself and millions like me will be voting for Ron Paul and no one else. The GOP can once again nominate whatever puppet, establishment candidate, they’d like. And when Obama wins re-election, you can all stand around scratching your heads and pondering why, but just remember that I tried to warn you.



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Haven't read the comments but thought I'd put my $.0003 worth

Used to be 2 cents a hundred years ago.

Deficit spending started waaaay before Reagan. The establishment of the Federal Reserve enabled deficit spending.

Thanx,

Jason

You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

You're right

I'm still learning man. I was looking at the gross public debt and not deficit spending. Thanks for pointing that out.

No worries Mate

Glad to help

Thanx,

Jason

You can't get clean in a dirty bathtub.

The Republican and Democratic

The Republican and Democratic parties are parties (a party?) of the establishment. Why would you expect them to do anything other than promote establishment candidates? If you're looking for something other than corrupt plutocrats, I would suggest maybe the Libertarian party?

This could turn out to be a very interesting race if it becomes a four-way race between Paul, Romski, Obamney and Nader. I can't see the two nominees from the party winning it by a longshot.

I have re-read this three times

This was me not too long ago. Thankfully, I had a very good friend who helped nudge me toward Dr Paul.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

Confessions of a Neo-Con

That could be the subtitle of this interesting and very readable post. The author chronicles the path many of us have followed to finally find the Ron Paul Revolution.

May God help our once great country through the works of this REVOLUTION.

Ron Paul 2012 for the Republic!

That's right, we need the help of the almighty God of the holy

scriptures. This is just as much a spiritual war as it is a war of the natural realm. Don't believe for a second that there aren't unseen principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12)manipulating the global puppetmasters. God will hold them in derision.

Here is a scriptural parallel to modern America.

Psalm 44:12-14

King James Version (KJV)

12Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

13Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

14Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

Spot on and

Let's keep lifting up our fellow Paulistas in prayer since many yearn for freedom yet do not know the ultimate freedom for all who are in Christ Jesus the Lord.

Here is a warning to corrupt and evil political leadership of ou

r country.

Psalm 2:3-5

King James Version (KJV)

3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Brilliant!

Holy cow! Spot on, Bevin.
This was me four years ago. Happened to pick up a copy of Revolution, and that was my red pill. No going back ever again. Campaigning for the first time, contributing for the first time, reading books on Austrian economics, the whole shebang. Thank you for writing this.

That is probaby the single

That is probaby the single best neocon conversion experience letter I've ever read! Well done is an understatement.

This writer is from Washington

I am the District Coordinator in the 47th here in Washington. This writer will be attending our caucus today.

Way to GO fellow RP supporter

Way to go fellow rp supporter here in Washington State. Yes! a fellow supporter here in my district called me to check the DP for this and I did, AMAZING WRTING! We will win today here in Washington state.

FUCKING AWESOME

and true to boot.

Something to add to your letter

Besides everything you have said above, another reason why I will never vote Republican again (if RP does not get the nomination) is because of all of the shenanigans of the GOP establishment in these primaries and caucuses to date, aimed at disenfranchising Republicans who are RP supporters.

I mean, if the voting so far had been open and transparent and fair, and if RP had not won, I could accept that. But given what has gone on with the voting and vote-counting -- for example, it seems that, in SC, the RP's votes were subtracted from him and added to Romney! -- it's just a bridge that cannot be crossed again. And the fault with this lies 100% with the Republican party.

Maybe, in your excellent writing style, you could work a bit of this into your letter. I'm sure the Republican party thinks they can get us back somehow; they need to understand that what they are doing now cannot be undone. People will either vote for a third party or not vote at all.

That would be great

except it's already a 1,550 word essay. Most peoples' attention spans are too short, especially when they're being told that they're misinformed. I would have liked to include more on how the Federal Reserve is the single most dangerous and destructive institution in the world today and talk more about individual liberty, but it kinda came down to picking the battle.

Most people don't understand the Federal Reserve, whereas the majority of people MISunderstand RP's foreign policy. That's an important distinction and I think the single greatest hindrance to people accepting Dr. Paul. I wanted to craft a true narrative that could draw people in by being relatable.

What's funny is that this entire post came about because I was pissed at the comments I was reading on a young conservatives group on FB. I wrote the first half of this in the comment box of a FB reply before realizing that the length would deter people from even giving it a look. So I copied it over to word and finished it before posting here, which I feel gives it a little more credibility than a random FB post that would end up buried and forgotten.

I am totally overwhelmed by the positive reaction to it though. Thanks Daily Paul fam.

You should run for office ...

Young man, at age 29 you have plenty of time to take a lickin' and keep on tickin'! If your speaking style is anything close to your writing style you're a natural.

Thank you

Unfortunately public speaking is not my strong-suit. I have a lot of thoughts in my head, but when I go to vocalize those, they bottleneck and come out pretty scatterbrained. Writing really helps me to organize those thoughts into cohesive arguments. I never took any debate or public speaking classes in high school or college though. I regret that and think it would probably be a good idea to look into some. Not necessarily for public office because that doesn't really interest me, but definitely for my own personal benefit. Thanks for the kind words though.

Man! We all needed to hear that!!

Put so very eloquently. Thanks and thanks again! God Bless!

"No army can stop an idea whose time has come"--V.H./ Ron Paul

By peace or force----Ron Paul 2012!!

Swell job

Nice work. Everyone awakens at their own pace. This is the matrix.

RonPaulIsMyPresident.com

Profiting?

I appreciate the letter and a mention about the good doctors book... however, it kinda pisses me off that the link includes a referral tag. This means that if you click the link and purchase anything from Amazon in the near future the referre gets a click back. The revolution is NOT to be profited from!

profit gained by dishonest means

is evil, but profit gained by utilizing the free market is what liberty is all about--the opportunity to excel without coercion or fraud.
By the way, where do you think some of those profits earned by liberty supporters go? Likely to the Ron Paul campaign.

Hey chill man -- I didn't include that tag

Whoever moved the post to the front page, reformatted the look of the content, without changing it, so that it looked more presentable and added the links to purchase the book.

I'd like to thank whichever moderator did that and I hope the Daily Paul does receive an incentive from the referrals. I think it added a great shortcut to people interested in an unbiased presentation of Ron Paul's beliefs, who may not have otherwise sought out the book without the convenience of a link staring them in the face.

I'm not trying to make money here. I'm a nameless commenter who wants this message spread to every single person who may be able to relate to it and who may hopefully use it as a stepping stone to their conversion. I'm just trying to get Ron Paul elected president.

It was probably the DP site owner that put in the referral link

The referral tag has bullnotbull in it, which is another site created by M. Nystrom (bullnotbull.com).

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

There's nothing wrong with profit!

There are TONS of folks in the freedom movement that profit by selling bumper stickers, books, super brochures, t-shirts, website ads, services, etc. If you can earn some money, do it. In an open market the consumer has choices and can choose to purchase at a lower cost from somewhere else, or choose not to buy altogether.

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

No if Ron don't get the nod....

VOTE FOR THE LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE! Most likely it will be Garry Johnson. We as Ron Paul supporter got to send a message to the GOP WE WILL NOT BE IGNORED, and taking for granted from them anymore! WE will not stand for candidates not honoring their oath, and not putting the people fist. If Ron don't get the nod PISS THE GOP OFF AND VOTE LIBERTARIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great piece....

Now saved in my collection.

I have been converted since the mid nineties to these ideas before I knew of Ron Paul. I know others the same. Just needed the right guy to come along.

But I have been discouraged with this campaign, seeing the treatment Dr. Paul gets. I have recently been motivated to more action by realizing that any resistance to tyranny is a victory of sorts.

Government is like gravity - it takes energy to resist.

Thanks!

I needed the pep talk. Ron Paul has been my hero for many, many years, but it's hard to keep up the fight.

Once again, he is never mentioned along with the other candidates (I know I sound whiny). Thanks for reminding me the journey to freedom is often long and that Dr. Paul has been fighting longer than any of us and we need to keep on keeping on.

You're proof that we are winning! Thanks for sharing.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free
-goethe

WOW!!

What an OUTSTANDING post, KINGDIZ! Thank you for sharing this I will be sending this on to several friends I know who fit the description...if you know what I mean!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

My story is very

similar as well. I found myself saying..."that's me too" and "that's just how I feel"..and so on while I was reading. I just came around back in October and I still haven't even read any of his books yet. I wrote a 2 1/2 page letter with links to some of the videos and speeches. I sent it to all my family, friends and clients even. I got a good response back from a few. I donated money, got the signs. I won't take the one off my car even though we are past voting here in Florida. I don't think it will ever come off. I agree once you get it, I sometimes get more frustrated that others haven't and I have to remind myself who I was just a short time ago. So I take a deep breath and just continue to plant the seeds.