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Adrian Murray, Texas Tea Party Leader: "The Freedom To Fail" & Ron Paul

"You don’t have right to a free house or free food or free anything because nothing is free. The government can’t provide. They have to steal it from somebody.”

"When I was 19 I cajoled my dad into lending me $6,000 to open a small business. Being a successful entrepreneur himself, he looked at the business plan and said it would not work. I, being 19 and imminently more knowledgeable about these things than he, told him he was wrong. So he wrote the check and I began to fail in rather spectacular fashion. The agony lasted about ten months before I finally realized that all the mistakes I had made to that point could not be undone. My dad, God bless him, never said, “I told you so.”
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What my dad knew that I did not was that the experience of those ten months would be better (and significantly cheaper) than two years at Wharton. He never offered advice unless I asked for it. He had granted me one of life’s most important and useful freedoms: the freedom to fail.
As the presidential campaign shifts into higher gear, we will be treated to endless trivia, meaningless babble and outright misrepresentations not only of the candidates but by the candidates themselves. As for me, I’m not interested in anyone’s ten point plan to fix one government program or another. Been there and heard that. Perhaps for the first time in 236 years the multitude of issues and grievances and usurpations before us all boil down to one word: liberty.
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Go back and reread the quote at the beginning of this piece. Who spoke those words?
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Ron Paul.

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"You don’t have right to a free house or free food or free anything because nothing is free. The government can’t provide. They have to steal it from somebody.”

Much has been written in recent days about the pathetic life of Julia, whose entire existence is dependent upon the benevolence of one man: Barack Obama. “Under President Obama”, poor Julia lives her virtual life as a ward of the state, reliant upon governmental theft for her birth, her education, her employment and her eventual retirement to something called a community garden, apparently growing beans and squash to tide her over until her eventual lonely death in a state run hospice. Such bliss.

One is tempted to chalk all this up to some over-eager, idealistic young staffers with no concept of the real world, no understanding of the concept of liberty, personal responsibility or respect for the rights of others. The Life of Julia slideshow has been rightfully parodied and ridiculed. But we would be wise to choose carefully what we laugh at and dismiss. These folks mean what they say and what they are saying is to be prepared for total government. That there is a sizable contingent of Americans out there who embrace and welcome this should be cause for great concern.

When I was 19 I cajoled my dad into lending me $6,000 to open a small business. Being a successful entrepreneur himself, he looked at the business plan and said it would not work. I, being 19 and imminently more knowledgeable about these things than he, told him he was wrong. So he wrote the check and I began to fail in rather spectacular fashion. The agony lasted about ten months before I finally realized that all the mistakes I had made to that point could not be undone. My dad, God bless him, never said, “I told you so.”

What my dad knew that I did not was that the experience of those ten months would be better (and significantly cheaper) than two years at Wharton. He never offered advice unless I asked for it. He had granted me one of life’s most important and useful freedoms: the freedom to fail.

Conservatives tend to look at government with skepticism and are more likely to say “No thanks” when offered up another healthy serving of it. Liberals tend to look at government as a security blanket with which to wrap themselves in its warmth. The message the Obama team is sending with the Life of Julia is meant to appeal to these people. What they are saying is this: Do not worry. We will take care of you. We will not permit you to fail.

A government that will not permit you to fail will not allow you to succeed.

Government certainly has a responsibility to provide for the less fortunate in society who are unable to take care of themselves. But government also has a greater moral obligation not to be complicit in creating an entire society unable to take care of itself, totally dependent on government largesse or, more appropriately, government theft. Such government policies can only produce a population of accessories to the crime.

There is no more representative example of what such a society would be like than the lamentable Harrison Schultz, the self-described Occupy Wall Street leader and believer in free food, free housing, free college, free day care, free health care and free transportation, who received a public spanking and nationally televised humiliation at the hands of Sean Hannity last week. The Life of Harrison is a real world depiction of what will more likely occur with Julie: a jobless, 29 year old graduate student living on government loans. Perhaps if his parents had taken a few whacks at his rear end when he was younger he would not be such an unrelenting failure today. Perhaps as he free falls through life he will one day come to learn that no stranger or faceless bureaucrat is or should be responsible for his right to his life, his liberty or his happiness. Those rights come justly from God, not government.

Our Founders Fathers, of course, knew this and for many years America grew and prospered because of this innate faith in self-reliance and self-respect. Government assistance was a last resort, a source of shame and weakness. Those who through no fault of their own were compelled to take government assistance did so temporarily, with the conviction they would work towards self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Now it has become a way of life and as the Life of Julie tells us, not only an officially sanctioned one, but a desirable one. Yet has anyone noticed there is a direct correlation of our increasing dependence as a society on government and our increasing weakness as a nation?

The future envisioned by the Obama administration is one to be avoided at all costs. The Life of Julie hardly seems worth living at all. Parasites always eventually kill their host.

As the presidential campaign shifts into higher gear, we will be treated to endless trivia, meaningless babble and outright misrepresentations not only of the candidates but by the candidates themselves. As for me, I’m not interested in anyone’s ten point plan to fix one government program or another. Been there and heard that. Perhaps for the first time in 236 years the multitude of issues and grievances and usurpations before us all boil down to one word: liberty.

Go back and reread the quote at the beginning of this piece. Who spoke those words?

Ron Paul.



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Another well done article,

Another well done article, Adrian.
Yesterday Ron Paul took another swipe at the source of undermining our Republic form of government.
He held hearings about abolishing the Federal Reserve.
I don't want to write a book here on your page but suffice to say that until there was the Federal Reserve the was no term "World War". War is a huge profit center for the private shareholders of the FED. They are mostly elite banks and corporations that either produce war related products and/or finance those types of enterprises.

Ron Paul is really about Abolishing Economic Slavery in America. December 2013 is the 100 year anniversary of the Federal Reserve Act. The date that ushered in the creation of a banking monopoly held by a cartel of priviledged corporations. To guarantee their 'loans' (money prinyed out of thin air), the FED created the IRS to collect on those loans to America's Treasury. This is where the Welfare/Warfare State came from. Welfare of all kinds...corporate as well as entitlements to individuals. Goodies for corrupted politicians to use in order to stay in power. The FED/IRS Complex has corroded America to it's core. We live under debt slavery and tax bondage. We are not economically free. Google this --"2012 Is About Abolishing Economic Slavery In America".