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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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Absolutely and thank you for the welcome

I'm glad that this can be put to use. I really had no idea this would be received so positively, but am so happy that this message can be used as a tool to help others. Good luck and thanks for all the work it sounds like you do!

You,re not alone, refer to

You,re not alone, refer to this short post of mine...

http://www.dailypaul.com/209091/anyone-else-hate-ron-paul

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." -Benjamin Franklin

Little Elm, Tx

This is beautiful. I have a

This is beautiful. I have a similar story, only I awakened in 2007. The truth shall set you free my friends. I love liberty.

Beautifully written

You just described what I think all Ron Paul supporters feel when they are awakenend, and your right, there is NO going back. I dont believe there is such a thing as former Ron Paul supporter. Being awakened is a life changing experience. Ron Paul really is a modern day founding father. I wish I could have experienced how it felt to live in the political climate back in the day of when people like our founders were the majority. I can only imagine how people felt back then. Sadly, all the work of our founding fathers has almost completely been eroded away and so many can not see it.

This letter has awakened me even further(which I didnt think was possible). The tone used in this letter is VERY powerful and I believe underscores the tone and approach to use with those unfortunate to still be in their coma. After reading this letter I was sitting here thinking about how effective it was, and then all of a sudden it hit me about the significance of the LOVE in Ron Paul's revolution. You cant break through by yelling at those who still have the blinders on. Patience, persistence, and love is the key. If we approach the blind in this manner, we have a much better chance at getting through, helping our cause, and giving them the gift of enlightenment.

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I agree, the letter is powerful, both for its clarity

and emotional impact. Recalling our own befuddlement before awakening allows empathy and a common language to speak with those still bewildered.

Thank you for this letter!

With your permission, I've linked to it on my webpage (in my signature below) to further prove that there is a new energy in the conservative movement which embraces Dr. Paul's message.

Considerations for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Race from the Mind of a Political Independent-Use this tool to educate the unconverted and prove support for Dr. Paul among Independents.

Thank you for compiling all that information

Your page is awesome and an excellent resource. That couldn't have been easy to put together, so thanks for taking the time to do that. I'm humbled to be included, thank you!

Thanks very much!

I hope the webpage changes some minds in support of Dr. Paul, just as your letter will no doubt do. It's my honor to include it.

If we all continue to work hard spreading the message, we will convert people. It's only a matter of time.

Considerations for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Race from the Mind of a Political Independent-Use this tool to educate the unconverted and prove support for Dr. Paul among Independents.

Per Reagan

“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.”

Thanks to LibRep for this quote.

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

Spot On..

I am actually an Independent/Libertarian, so I have very close opinions to Dr Paul's, even before his run in 1988. I have always understood the economic and foreign policies he espouses. When there was no internet, these concepts were near impossible to convey except by paper and word of mouth.

I campaigned, donated and voted for Dr Paul in 1988 and I was a very lonely guy, especially in my precinct where only 1 vote showed for Paul (mine). :) At least it showed, whereas now days it may be tossed or switched.

I'm gratified and grateful to see your post as it means you were effected by the reality of our failed system and now persuade others to share in that reality. Hopefully you, and all like-minded folks will carry this message beyond the Daily Paul, so as to not just preach to the choir.

Thank you for such a clear and concise post documenting the course of enlightenment towards a reality that can save our fine and proud republic. It begs of people to better understand the intentions of the constitution and our founding fathers. A patriotic path filled with stumbling blocks, but not insurmountable. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"..

Older than dirt

WHen it took a guy like Jim TUcker twenty years following them around then write a book that few ever read or give some talks at local town meeting rooms. Bill Cooper, Aaron Russo and others. It is an exciting time most of my life has been dedicated to living as a free sovereign, in fact I voted for Dr. Paul since the begining of his quest here in Texas. When your worst fear is death you have nothing to loose for one thing for sure about life we all know, we all die. Its about the Journey not the destination.

Peace

sovereign

I wouldn't touch the GOP with

I wouldn't touch the GOP with a ten meter cattleprod, no matter how good of a nose clamp they give me.

I have felt the same pain

I grew up voting strait GOP thinking I was more understanding and involved. I lived in a heavily Blue state and dealt with several of my classmates who were against me 2-14 at times during political discussions. I first voted for Bush (That humble foreign policy drew me in) in 00 and 04. In 2008 I heard Ron Paul speak at the debate about 9/11. Then I heard his stance on the governments role in our lives. The more and more I watched I was drawn in. I voted in my first primary in 2008 for Dr.Paul. I also listened to Rush, Hannity,Fox News, and Beck (I could never stand Levin). Over the course of the last four years I have been awakened from the GOP coma. I commend you on your letter. Keep up the work and keep pressing forward.

Amazing letter

I just sent it to my dad on facebook, he's one of those "I like Ron Paul, except for his foreign policy" people. He also listens to Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity every day (which I USED to do too). Ron Paul opened my eyes and it will be impossible to ever close them again

Please WATCH - and then SPEAK UP!!!

...This was my "letter of warning" at a July 4th weekend Tea Party rally in 2010 against a RINO party and their decade-long incumbent RINO puppet!

While we are INCREASING daily in number and strength through our reasonable arguments and TRUTHFUL campaign about Liberty and less government, the Neo-Con's are finding out that they simply have nowhere to HIDE any longer.

In their desperation to hold on to their fleeting paper wealth, their jobs, and their creature comforts; they plan on holding their noses and voting for the establishment agenda...and that...we know...will become the death knell of this Republic in November of 2012!

Take INSPIRATION from this - and take it to them in your own backyard - NOW!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDxp3CxOoHM

Charlie Brown Conservative...

Charlie Brown Conservative...I like it!

"Criticizing Ron Paul for not passing bills in Congress is like criticizing a nun in a whore house for not turning tricks. He was there to stop the "whoring," not become one!" ~ Blake Buffington

This

is totally awesome, tubular, and tripendicular!

"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

A bump and a...

...welcome!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP!!!

Love it. Share it wide and far.

P.S.

I ALSO NEED INFORMATION SHOWING THE PERCENTAGE RON PAUL HAS (CONSERVATIVELY) OF THE REPUBLICAN VOTE. IS IT 14? 20? 7? I NEED TO KNOW THIS SO I CAN PROVE, MATHEMATICALLY, THAT HE WILL TAKE FROM THE GOP VOTE, LEAVING OBAMA A CLEAR VICTORY IN NOVEMEBER.

THANKS AGAIN!

KAT

why are you yelling?

lol

I AM GOING...

TO BE SPEAKING AT MY LOCAL WORCESTER COUNTY TEA PARTY. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE FRIENDS WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE. SO WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THIS ORGANIZATION ARE NEOCONS, WE WANT TO SPEAK USING THIS SPEECH. WE WANT A) YOUR PERMISSION TO USE IT (AS WE ALL CAN RELATE TO IT IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER), AND B) WE NEED INFORMATION ON RON PAUL'S CHANCES AGAINST OBAMA (FROM 2010 TO THE PRESENT) AND THE MEDIA BLACKOUT RON PAUL IS FACED WITH (SINCE HE DECIDED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT). OTHER THINGS THAT WILL BE HELPFUL WILL BE HIS SUPPORT BASE GROWTH SINCE 2008 TO THE PRESENT. ARMED WITH THIS INFORMATION, WE WILL PLACE A POLITICAL HOSTAGE/ULTIMATUM ON OUR NEOCON FRIENDS. VOTE FOR RON PAUL IN MARYLAND, OR COME TO TERMS WITH OBAMA'S RE-ELECTION. (OBAMA, ABOVE ALL ELSE) IS WHAT THESE NEOCONS FEAR MORE THAN ANYTHING! IF THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS, THEN THEY WILL AT LEAST THING ABOUT IT, AND AS YOU CLEVERLY PUT IT, WILL NOT BE "SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS" WONDERING ABOUT IT. ANY INFO PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION I AM REQUESTING WILL BE HELPFUL. THANK YOU EVERYONE!

IN lIBERTY!
KAT

It's not only not necessary to scream

but it kind of impugns your credibility.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

some info for you...

The media stopped covering Paul just prior to SC.. the week leading up to SC he got 4% of the coverage. This, after he finished essentially tied in Iowa with Romney and Santorum and finished second in NH.

You should also mention to your friends in the GOP that the media is not informing them that a two term REPUBLICAN Governor will likely be running as a Libertarian and his position on the issues is very, very close to Paul's. If Paul isn't on the ballot then most Paul supporters will support Gary Johnson. He is already polling around 9% in an Obama vs. Romney vs. Johnson race... and if that happens Obama wins.

also.... hit your caps lock key. all caps is akin to yelling on the web.

By all means

I really do believe that there are a nation of Ron Paul supporters who have been so misinformed their entire lives, by the media, that they don't even realize that Ron Paul is the candidate that they've always wished was out there.

No need to get my permission. Hell get crazy with it. Spread the message far and wide.

WELCOME!

to the "dark side"! lol

Ron Paul or No One 2012

Change the timeline a bit

and you have astutely articulated my own coming of age, politically speaking, and have expressed in the clearest terms I have yet to read or hear precisely my sentiments towards this most recent version of the Trotskyite/neocon laden Grand Old Party that are posing as "conservatives".

How many more times and how many more ways does it have to be explained to these traitors to the republic before they understand the gravity of the situation; that our sacred devotion to the ideals of personal freedom and the cause of liberty can not, will not be compromised for party politics?

They just don't seem to get it; do they? It doesn't register with establishment republicans that to us it's all Paul, the campaign for liberty or nothing at all.

If they continue to dismiss the passion we have for our ideals, as expressed by Dr. Paul; remaining oblivious and failing to acknowledge our movement to restore this republic, they will soon discover that their ignorance is not bliss, it's only catastrophe delayed.

"The problem is not those in power, the problem is right between your ears." ~Larken Rose

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5FNDRgPOLs&list=FL4wdZ0dK3HG...

This is Very Much Like My Own Experience

This is very much like my own experience that I can relate to when I came to supporting Ron Paul back in late '07. Share it on my Facebook page that I hope my conservatives / Republicans friends who hasn't yet join the Ron Paul R3volution.

Agreed, very nice work

And it gives people a change pathway. Instead of saying, "Hey you unenlightened moron, neocon, warmonger - stop being an asshole", you say I understand where you are, but there is other information you might find interesting. I did and it changed the way I look at the world.

EXCELLENT!

Could not agree more with the others who posted replies to this post , This is so well written and spot on!
Great Job!
Ron Paul Or No One 2012

No One But Ron Paul 2012!
MindyNYC