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Shooting ourselves in the foot?


Last night I was noticing some of the negative and some downright vicious comments about the new short film, “Elektable.” For example,

"This is the single most ridiculous video on the internet. So embarrassing."

I started thinking, “I think we have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot in the Liberty movement…or ‘eat our own,’ as they say.”

Within the comments I ran across a mention of Campaign for Liberty’s latest push–raising money–for their promotion of Dr. Paul’s Audit the Fed bill. The first response to this was a warning to, ‘avoid Campaign for Liberty’ because they had ‘sold out’ on Ron Paul’s foreign policy, or so it was claimed.

I don’t want to say that we should always follow the cliche, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all,” (Thumper) but it rings true on a certain level…

First off, promoting a noninterventionist foreign policy’ is still found right there near the top of the current mission statement of Campaign for Liberty. And the current #1 featured article is “Costs and Consequences of Action Against Iran,” right there on the front of the homepage.

"With our Founding Fathers, we also believe in a noninterventionist foreign policy. Inspired by the old Robert Taft wing of the Republican Party, we are convinced that the American people cannot remain free and prosperous with 700 military bases around the world, troops in 130 countries, and a steady diet of war propaganda. Our military overstretch is undermining our national defense and bankrupting our country."


Does this mean that I’m attacking Tom Woods? No, of course not. I think everyone should sign up for his Liberty Classroom project, right now! But aren’t we talking about apples and oranges here? Dr. Woods is a historian and brilliant economist and lecturer–but he isn’t a political animal per se. Political maneuvering is not Tom Woods’ expertise.

We would all be creeped out if we received an email from Tom Woods written like a sales pitch from Campaign for Liberty–you know, that old fashioned typewriter font accompanied by a survey designed to guilt you into giving money. But, let me tell you, Campaign for Liberty uses these techniques for a reason. It works.

Are they a perfect organization? Of course not! However, they do run ads across the internet promoting Ron Paul’s bills and they are an organization founded by Dr. Paul to promote his ideals and philosophy. If the organization is truly a complete sell out–a ridiculous notion–what does that say about your view of Ron Paul’s leadership ability or even his ability to govern as president?

Now, why am I defending Campaign for Liberty? I’m not sure! I’ve got my own project and website, www.iroots.org
I’d rather you donate to my project in Tampa!

In fact, come to think of it, all of those other sites are sell outs–forget about ‘em! I’m the only true defender of LIBERTY!!!

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Are we all really committed to in-fighting only?

All I see, or tend to notice, is one bitter post after another. Campaign for Liberty has its flaws, but they really are doing great work. They have numerous college students writing for them--including blogs. They haven't abandoned foreign policy issues in their mission statement.

What's amazing to me, is that some here are taking spin from the mainstream media about C4L leaving behind the Fed issue to pursue internet freedom. There is no evidence that they aren't pursuing both...

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