We have already wonSubmitted by lasati on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 12:05
I want to apologize if in advance my sentiment has been discussed, even posted ad nauseum.
I don't mean Ron Paul, and by extension the movement which he leads (the movement we are all a part of to take back our country from a corrupt and self-serving duopoly) has won in the shallow sense of the word. I mean something real and tangible and awesome has been accomplished.
We've taken over the GOP at the party level. That's the revolution. We just need to go to Tampa and see it through. There are people sitting in steering committees and chairs all across the country that believe in Liberty (and its full expression) on a deep fundamental level. That's pretty awesome. This isn't a revolution of Paul, this is a revolution of an idea - the idea that affirms the intent of our founders...
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The idea is that our rights are not granted by government. Our rights are unalienable. The only purpose of government is to secure these pre-existing rights. When government becomes destructive to this, it is time to alter it.
This is what we are doing. We are fundamentally altering government, so that it secures our liberty rather than deprives us of it. The Republican party has already been fundamentally altered.
Nothing would make me happier and more optimistic towards the future than Paul winning the nomination. And don't let anyone tell you it isn't possible. All we need is to deprive Romney of a victory in the first vote at the convention, and then the delegates become unbound. Delegates might not even be bound anyway -- and if this bears out, we should utilize this and every believer in liberty should vote for Paul in the first round.
I often tell my friends that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the parties. It's hard to see, because there is so much superficial difference, which I believe is deliberately manufactured to obscure the truth. But the reality is we have politicians thumping their fists and making noise because one side wants to increase a tax by 2% a year, while the other side wants to decrease a tax by 2% a year. On practically every issue of substance, the gulf between the parties is splitting hairs. On only the insubstantial issues do the parties allow themselves to truly deviate from the plan. There is no conspiracy here, just that both parties are in it for increased centralized Federal power and the wealth and status which comes with it. They merely take different paths to obtain this power -- or as Paul puts it, the differences are in management style.
The glorious 4th estate would have you think this is not a popular belief. That every other man and woman willingly sacrifices his essential liberty for some temporary security, and you would be foolish not to. That freedom, and self-determination, and individual rights and liberties are ancient stuff, with no place in the modern world. The media is complicit in the manufacturing of consent, and it's takes a strong personality to be a lone dissenting voice (in an age where dissent is treason!)
But we are not alone. The primaries have proven this, that there are a lot of us which want to take back our government from the interests of government itself, and the lobbyists -- chiefly the bankers and financial sectors which have the money to bankroll elections.
How offensive is it that the taxpayers are forced to bailout failing banks and hedge funds - whose high profits have always been publicly justified by their risks? But instead, we bear the burden of the risk since we are forcibly made to be the insurance policy. Where are our profits, since we're the ones putting up the money? And then, these organizations go on to use the taxpayer money that was taken from our labour to fund election campaigns. There is no more naked an example of stealing from the population to oppress them.
This is not the Capitalism of free markets. But this is the "Capitalism" that our government has made sacrosanct because it so suits their purpose, and to publicly decry it marks one for demonization and to be branded a socialist, or communist, or worse. This New Capitalism is a corruption of language, ethics, and every principle of good governance. It is the Capitalism of a central planning committee, and not the Capitalism of economic liberty.
So I have always defined a "win" in this revolution as fundamentally altering the foundation of the status quo, which manifests in our entrenched political class and the two party system they use to keep policies the same even as the caretakers rotate in and out. A Ron Paul ticket would be icing on the cake, and we should do everything in our power to see this occur. And I believe it can, if we push hard enough.
But this is the first time in my lifetime where the following can be said:
- There is a political party with a wing that believes in personal liberties (for everyone, regardless of the particulars of its exercise)
- There is a political party with a wing that believes in economic liberty (for everyone, regardless of the particulars of its exercise)
- There is a political party with a wing that understands the evils of a central banking system, and how this is used to manipulate and control the wealth of a country and forcibly distribute it from the many to the few.
- There is a political party with a wing that understands the proper role of government, not because it was defined by our founders, but because it is the correct role of government.
We are that wing. We have already taken over local committees. We now need to get our candidates put on tickets on state and local primaries. We need people running for Congress who instead of signing Norquist's pledge will sign a pledge to obey the constitution, and affirm the cause of liberty. The presidency is nice, but it's a lot like winning these popular votes in beauty contests. You want it, but it's not necessary to win. We already have.