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Emotional Reactionism to Rand Paul's Romney Endorsement

Like most of you, I had an emotional reaction to Rand Paul's endorsement of Romney, anger. I also had a physical reaction, nausea (I think I can still taste the vomit in my mouth).

My intellectual reaction, however, came from my memory of Ron Paul running for Congress as a Republican in 1996. I thought it was a mistake, a sellout. Most of the Liberty movement did as well. We were WRONG. Ron Paul has done more to further our movement in the last 5 years than anyone else has in any of our lifetimes.

We need to take the long view. We all know that an immediate and emotional reaction is more likely to be wrong than one that is tempered by reason, time, and honest analysis. The Patriot Act is a perfect example of a knee-jerk reaction that was wrong.

I have had the benefit of being involved in the Liberty movement for a long time (I'm old). Only in our dreams did we see a surge in the Liberty movement like we've seen since 2007.

We have Ron Paul and his decision to fight the system from within to thank for that. I'm not saying that it's the only way, but it has to be part of it. Let's learn a lesson from the Trojan War. We can bang on the walls of the Federal Reserve until our fists bleed, but it will be a hell of a lot easier if someone opens the door for us from the inside.

All that said, I am no fan of Rand Paul. He is not as vocally against military interventionism as his father and he is too socially conservative for my taste, but he has an agenda we can support. He is working with Connie Mack on the Penny Plan which would balance our budget and reduce our debt, he wants to audit the Fed, get rid of the TSA, repeal the Patriot Act, repeal the detention clause of the NDAA, and many other things that further the cause of Liberty.

His endorsement of Romney gives him the political capital to put those issues front and center in the United States Senate. Did you foresee that opportunity three years ago?

We've been spoiled by Ron Paul. He is a giant of integrity and unwavering commitment to his ideals, but let's not forget that along the way, he made a decision to fight the system from within. Rand Paul is a Senator. Did we really expect him not to do the same?

I realize there may still be a little vomit in your mouth too, but I suggest washing it down with a cold beer, thanking Dr. Paul for getting us this far, and preparing for the battles to come.... together.

Long live the r3VOLution!



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Good comments

However, Rand may have just fractured his support base to the point he is a one term Senator.

I still believe this was a HUGE mistake on Rand's part. Whethor he survives it and continues to thrive will be answered in the future.

A team player

I am an engineer by trade, And one thing that I had to learn in my early career is to learn to be a team player. Being in a team of other engineers, managers, assemblers, buyers, accountants, etc., I had ideas an how everything needed been done. But I had to realize was that I was only the engineer and everyone else was not necessarily going to listen to what I had to say. So I to basically learn to just do my job within the team and if the team goes in the the wrong direction, then guess what it's not my fault, all I did was go along and truly do my best to support the team, even though some of my principles were compromised. And guess what today I am still employed and things still get done in the end. What does this have to do with this blog? Well I want to say that I too was shocked and emotional when I heard that Rand Paul endorsed Romney. But I am also seeing Rand making the decision of being a team player, similar to what I've had to do in the past. This is a big thing we are trying to do here with the liberty movement and we need a big team to make it happen. Ron is pulling everyone with the liberty goal together and placing them into the GOP party, displacing some but not all. That's important because we need the rest of the team to make the team bigger, even if they don't all agree. And Rand, well all he want to do is make sure that he is not rejected by the majority of the team. It would be nice if Ron became president and we could say that we have won, but in reality we will not win until the course of the nation changes. And what Ron and Rand are saying is that the only way to change the nation is through a changed GOP party, and there, we are making headway. So as a supporter for the cause I encourage everyone to say focused, trust what Ron and Rand are doing, they both have different tasks at hand than we do. Do your part as a team player and watch how things, slowly but surely, get done. Not everything will go your way but keep in mind the goal is not necessarily to replace Obama with Ron Paul but to bring back freedom and liberty to our country. It may have to be one piece at a time but that is probably the only way it can be done. It's a big ship that we have to change the direction of but it will change direction only if we stay with the team that will make the change. And right now that looks like that will be the new GOP party. The new Grand Old Party!

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

Sorry to see that most people don't like my comment.

If you want to leave the movement because it's not going exactly the way you want it to then go ahead join the third party. Me I'll stick around where I think the revolution is having the biggest impact and I believe that is with the GOP. I can understand what Rand is doing and Ron as well. The GOP will have the bigger umbrella and because of that it will not be everything I want but it's slowly heading in the right direction and it's better than the third party option in my opinion. Don't shoot me down because I'm willing to be a team player. And believe me I am not anything like a drone!

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

Be a Good Little Drone?

Is that what we are supposed to be? It's called REVOLUTION for a reason!

skippy

The frustration came not from Rand Paul action.

The frustration came from our denial that we do not have the numbers, denial that American People have rejected ideas of liberty.

Rand Paul endorsement provided a good opportunity to unleash our anxiety (and vomit) on a scapegoat in order not to blame American people - our parents, relatives, neighbors, countrymen.

Conditioned by Alex Jones and youtube clips, bought into fantastic promises by most vocal among us, many RP supporters assumed if we only explain Americans about the FED and Zionists, the latter will embrace the liberty. It turned out American people do not like free competition and do like free ride. That drives us into denial.

There is hope - new generation will be molested more by bad economy than by progressive lure of gay bath houses and victimhood.

I do not agree

I just watched a Discovery TV program about how most people want to do whatever the group does. I saw this clearly when I started making telephone calls last fall trying to identify Ron Paul supporters. I had a list provided by the campaign of people who were self-identified as Republicans. I made thousands of phone calls and what I learned is that when Bachaman was the flavor of the week, when I asked my targets who was their choice for the GOP nomination, most said Bachamn. Two weeks later when Perry was the flavor of the week, most respondents supported Perry. Then when Cain was on top, most favored Cain. The pattern was unmistakable and I compared notes with other RP volunteers and their experience mirrored mine.

What this tells me is that most people who call themselves “Republicans” have lost their minds and simply parrot back whatever the talking heads on TV tell them. They are incapable of independant thoughts.

This is where your analysis falls apart. It is not that we did not have enough supporters; it is that to most people, reality is defined by what is on TV. If the talking heads say that Ron Paul is unelectable, most “Republicans” embrace that as reality. On a level playing field, Ron Paul would have had the nomination wrapped up in February.

The program went into detail regarding the wiring of the brain that makes people want to be a part of the group and just follow the crowd and the pleasure centers that get activated when they do so. My guess is that if the average RP supporter’s brain were compared to the average “Republican’s” brain that there would be stark differences as to how they are wired.

So the problem is that the MSM used its influence to marginalize the Ron Paul campaign, not that we hat too few supporters. Too few supporters was the result of the problem, not the problem itself.

Now for the good news. The major newspapers in the USA are going the way of the buggy whip. More and more people are getting their news from the blogosphere and not from the talking heads on the major networks. Perhaps this is the reason for the major push as of late to control the internet. It was Plato who said: “They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.” The bloggers and the Ron Paul movement spread the truth and that is what scares the hell out of the establishment. It is getting difficult to keep the people ignorant so measures must be taken.

I agree that the Liberty movement has been growing but can it survive long enough under the cascade of restrictions being placed on us until the people get it through thier skulls that big government is the problem. Only time will tell.

American Zombies

Americans watch 4 hours of TV, Radio, Video games every day.

Americans are paralyzed zombies. It will take a lot of shocks and lot of pain to wake them up.

Jewish lobby controls access to media and banking system and they will try very hard to exterminate Americans with 3rd world mass immigration and financial destruction and more centralization.

Americans do not realize that there is a clear conflict of interest with Jewish lobby.

Further reading,

http://www.velesova-sloboda.org/archiv/pdf/macdonald-jewish-...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

BestRonPaulVideo, Totalitarianism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M#t=28m28s
BestVideo, Political Correctness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8pzG02oxU#t=19s
Bestbook, Totalitarianism, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

Kumar

You do not see the full picture. You like to blame Jews but exempt Americans from personal responsibility. Check this:

1) No matter how much Fox TV rant against progressives, Republican farmers love big government subsidies and Republican trade union members love their perks.

2) In Ron Paul free society, media wont be an objective fact-checking information delivery service. If a Saudi Arabia buys a TV channel, it will broadcast Sharia Law programs. If Chinese businessman buys a radio station, he may push Mao revival.

THINK again.

Cohesive Nations

That is the problem. People think America is just a market and a job factory.

America is a culture, civilization and much more. That is the problem with atomized libertarianism. It works in theory, but not in practice.

Constitution guarantees free speech, but in practice, most Whites are afraid of free speech. They fear loss of jobs, loss of friends, loss of face.

Societies are made of ethnic groups who compete for power and resources. And unless Whites organize as a cohesive group, they will keep shrinking in numbers and crushed by 3rd world invasion, racial quotas, racial socialism wealth transfer and more.

ADL/APLC/AIPAC are pushing for hate crime laws, and they are powerful. Because they are organized as a group.

People forget that Founders who wrote constitution were 100% White, and founded US for them and their posterity, not a 3rd world boarding house.

Whites are atomized libertarians. No organization, no ethnic activism, means no wins.

Short term, it is best to push for Constitution. Long term, to increase numbers with more traditional families.

BestRonPaulVideo, Totalitarianism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M#t=28m28s
BestVideo, Political Correctness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8pzG02oxU#t=19s
Bestbook, Totalitarianism, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

Still think in collective?

Okay

When Dollar Crisis comes and Race Riots

arrive to your home and your face is smashed to pulp, your atomized libertarianism nonsense will not work.

Forced Collectivism is bad. Voluntary collectivism is good.

Unless Whites organize to advance their interests, racial socialism and big govt will keep you under the boot heel.

Libertarian govt is good, but libertarian society not so much.

BestRonPaulVideo, Totalitarianism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M#t=28m28s
BestVideo, Political Correctness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8pzG02oxU#t=19s
Bestbook, Totalitarianism, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

Re: When Dollar Crisis comes and Race Riots

You write of libertarianism as though it is opposed to people voluntarily coming together to support a cause. Any voluntary action between two or more people is libertarian.

"I hate government as much as government hates freedom, and that's a lot." - Mike Malin

Check out my PowerPoint: http://www.slideshare.net/anarcholibertarian/why-do-they-hat...

And my Ron Paul vs. Lincoln video:

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

You turned out

to be a progressive or more precise a "collectivist." You may not realize that, but your thinking is in line. Even your argument is the same - "when you are dying because you could not afford medical insurance, you will understand that socialism is a better system."

I suggest you to look for another collective to join. Blue Republicans are with us for one year only... Check them out.

Foolish

Socialism is forced collectivism. Also in Socialism, the strongest, most cohesive ethnic group grabs power and oppresses the weaker ethnic groups.

Look at Soviet Union, where jews and georgians came to power. They used socialism to oppress Slavs.

You do not understand human psychology and you have not read history.

I suggest you read this book if you want to understand how the world works.

http://www.velesova-sloboda.org/archiv/pdf/macdonald-jewish-...

I can take you to the river, but it is you who will have to drink. I cannot make you drink.

BestRonPaulVideo, Totalitarianism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M#t=28m28s
BestVideo, Political Correctness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8pzG02oxU#t=19s
Bestbook, Totalitarianism, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

Did I miss something?

Your name is Kumar. Are you actually European?

No

I am Indian. Read the book.

BestRonPaulVideo, Totalitarianism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M#t=28m28s
BestVideo, Political Correctness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8pzG02oxU#t=19s
Bestbook, Totalitarianism, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

Fools Blame Others, Fighters Help The Cause

A lot of pompous fools here are screaming and condemning Rand.

What great things have they achieved other than donating, volunteering, a little bit?

We have a long way to go, and we must learn deception and smart strategy.

This is not a sell out, this is long term planning.

The more we get our foot in the door, the better it will be for long term.

To Ron Paul followers - There are plenty of things to do.

Focus on State and Local races, be a University Professor, Be a film maker. Be a writer. Be a litigation lawyer.

Plenty of stuff to do instead of whining.

BestRonPaulVideo, Totalitarianism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIdBuK7_g3M#t=28m28s
BestVideo, Political Correctness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz8pzG02oxU#t=19s
Bestbook, Totalitarianism, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0759672229

You do realize

you and others saying similar things are splintering this collective of Liberty minded people. You sound like Glen Beck, if you don't agree with Kumar you are a pompous fool among many other names Kumar is dishing out to folks.

I disagree with Kumar. You don't have to hold a title that he respects to love liberty, as a matter of fact I think Kumar is an Obama operative at this point.

It's downhill for rand from here

he's been humiliated needlessly on hannity and now they will force him into more and more humiliating stances. When he compromised he became compromised.

No reason in the world for him to HAVE to endorse Romney. None in the world. Imagine if you heard the vague details of some foreign leaders son endorsing his rival. What would you think about the son? You guys can go on all day about the long view or how it's good politics but what Rand did destroys his credibility for me. It says 'I am a tool of the establishment.'

Doug Wead wrote an interesting thing in politico on political dynasties the other day. He says they are bad and I agree. http://www.politico.com/arena/
Here's a little:

It's about name recognition, it’s about money. If you’re part of the dynasty, if you have the same name you already have hundreds of thousands of dollars over your opponent because of name recognition.

True Patriots

True Patriots DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!! It's all about AMERICA and everything RIGHT it stands for.

Hoppy004

Buyers remorse is not "emotional reactionism"

Ron Paul took in 50 million dollars over the last 4 years. Millions broke their backs knocking on doors, making calls and promoting Paul's message.

And what for? So that their hard work can be turned into votes for Vomitt Romney? Someone who stands DIAMATRICALLY OPPOSED to every single thing those supporters worked for? Someone who's been a LIFELONG friend of 911 mastermind Benyamin Netanyahou?

Get real pal, Paul Inc. is a sinking ship and they destroyed what they helped build.

Ron Paul should've been dumped when he threw 911 truth under the bus in 2008.

Very Confused or a Troll?

There is no "Paul Inc." Just a father and a son who share many of the same ideals, and differ on others. One of the things we love about Ron Paul is that he lives what he says. It's obvious that he did not coerce Rand to mindlessly follow everything he believed in, but instead attempted to persuade him with the understanding that his son is an individual.

The money we spent on the Ron Paul campaign was really spent on the Liberty campaign. A campaign to save our country. And it was money well spent.

If you have buyer's remorse, it's only because you never really understood what you were buying in the first place.

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident
which everybody has decided not to see."
— Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead)

OH!...I misunderstood the title...

I was under the impression that this post would actually be your "emotional reaction." :D While I was originally impressed with your honesty on the matter, I think I'm a little more impressed with this post. :)

"When I say liberty I do not simply mean what is referred to as 'free enterprise.' I mean liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts and live his own life as he desires to think and to live..." - Robert A. Taft

Wasn't the...

...Patriot Act actually written before 9/11? It couldn't be a knee jerk reaction if it was...more like "ahhhh...an acceptable reason to enact this".

Correct.

It was written long before, and was brought out at that "opportune" time.

If it's any comfort to you, I'm sure there is even greater repression ahead. So think of now as "the good old days." :)

_____________________________
"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Ahhh... No

The Patriot Act was a direct response to 911, passed about 6 weeks after - signed October 26th to be exact.

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident
which everybody has decided not to see."
— Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead)

The patriot act

Or as we know it as the patriot act was written in 1995 and one of its contributors was Joe Biden. You know, good ol lovable bumbling bafoon joe Biden. Seems more like a dictator than a lovable moron.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

The patriot act was written

with the knowledge that 9/11 was going to happen.

blah blah blah

lick Rands boots, Blah Blah Blah....get a clue mental midgets!...He's a Jelly Donut...

http://www.dailypaul.com/239057/new-interview-on-cnn-rand-co...

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams