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Co-option - It Was the Only Way We Could be Stopped...

This strategy has been applied by our country here and throughout the world. The communists were famous for it.

TEXTBOOK CO-OPTION

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A co-option (also cooptation, co-optation, cooption) is an act of absorbing or assimilating. It is normally used in the context of a group of persons assimilating a weaker or smaller group, with the intention of neutralizing a threat from the weaker group.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/co-option

To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it. To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture.

It was the only way we could be stopped...

Listen to the interviews of Penny Langford Freeman. Listen with your heart. If this is simply a head trip for you, then you will continue to be duped...

Benton, Olson, Fein & company have been brilliant from the beginning of this campaign and it has been excruciating to watch.

Victory, for me, always includes a willingness to face the truth...No Matter What

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And it all makes more sense now.

But we still don't have the whole story

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Co-option

can neutralise groups, but it can never neutralise an awakened individual.

"An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army, or any government!"

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

"Benton, Olson, Fein &

"Benton, Olson, Fein & company have been brilliant from the beginning of this campaign and it has been excruciating to watch."

You left out Rand.

The Rand Effect

It is hard for me to believe Rand was in collusion with others to marginalize his own father. He took the road of prudence vs principle as so many do. Actually, I don't know Rand; have not really studied him as I have Ron; not sure I will but my greatest concern is the effect this has taken on Ron. Betrayal by a family member...wow, has it happened to you? How did it feel?

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ron Paul would not be

the first parent to have children who did not share their beliefs and dreams. Perhaps Rand was embarrassed by Rons years of being an "outsider", perhaps he has the need to be included, to be part of the herd after watching his father deviate from following the herd. Who knows. All parents at some point realize their children follow their own path, for good or ill.

But we will not be assimilated!

1 of 5.

Even if people have been

Even if people have been coopted, the challenges government faces can't be therefore the ideas to fix them won't go away either. This was and is and never will be a personality movement that can merely be quelled by cooption and haf-a$$ed apeasement of figureheads. IDEAS have consequences. Ugene Debs and the Socialists had every one of their ideas coopted and put into real terms over decades by the Democrats. Ron Paul may go away, I may go away, but the ideas won't go away because we have already won ... the Pandora's Box has been opened never to be re-sealed until enough of the ideas have been implemented. As Brazillian author Paulo Coelho once wrote: "When one really wants something, the world conspires to make it happen." Their near-term goal is to appease and undermine, but they know they can't even stop the end game. The Truth is no longer Treason, but conversely, popular ...which was the idea all along.

Do We Want it Bad Enough?

Will we go deep enough in our individual hearts to find and remove truck loads of BS implanted over the past 7-8 generations? Think of where our countrymen were 100 years ago. They put the income tax & the fed in operation 100 yrs ago!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

the Tea Party

was co-opted. screw the establishment!

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I haven't been co-opted and I sure as hell

haven't been stopped.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

what he said...

what he said...

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Bump

Too well said not to.

"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

Now we know...

This was an excellent bit of research and I thank you for bringing it to light. I believe going forward I will offer this as my own opinion as to why we have been unsuccessful.

Listen people... These A$$holes have been doing this for a long time. They are literal pro's at this kinda $hi+. And they got us.

Now they are hoping and expecting us to go away and sulk and give up. And maybe that is the best course of action regarding our current plan (infiltrate the republican party).

I always thought it was odd that such a naturally disorganized set of individuals such as ours would coalesce around one man, but then again Ron Paul is a special man to say the least.

We are all very different, our existence as a movement is ironic in and of itself.
We come together in our desire to remain separate.
We form a movement not to install major change on society but to allow others to live any way we want.
We take up positions in government to hopefully reduce the power and numbers thereof.
We operate and actively engage in things we despise, in the hope that we and future generations can live free.
It is a noble sacrifice, if not the most noble.

"We are a group of individuals from vastly different backgrounds, brought together by the desire for Peace, Prosperity & Liberty"
@Texans4Paul

What ever you do from this moment on, wither Political, or not. Promote Peace, Sound Money, Local Communities, and Liberty... Prosperity will take care of itself.

My life has been changed forever & I for one, cannot in good conscience go back to the life I lived before, I cannot act as if everything is as it was before, the only thing I can do in an unfree world "is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion"
Good Luck and God Bless.

Don't stop believing

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The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. ~Thomas Jefferson

“It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie...the greatest enemy of the State.” ~Joseph Goebbels

What a great comment it has

What a great comment it has the seeds for a DP original!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Beautiful

And you are growing deeper, listening..really listening...and changing...and growing stronger...and I sense your fearlessness!

Wow, thank you for being you, Friend

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

In what way have you been co-opted?

Surely co-option means that the minority group accepts the premises and principles of the larger group to a greater or lesser extent and is thereafter perceived as being a part of the larger group. This can certainly be said of the various so called Tea Party groups who have been co-opted into the Republican Party.

But that is because I believe most of them accept the mantra of the neo-conservatives that "we have to fight them over there or we shall have to fight them over here" talking about the radical Islamist jihadists. This has led to their co-option into the empire building strategy of the PNAC which is pure anathema to the Ron Paul rEVOLutionaries. This is a critical difference based upon their HEART devotion to the Jewish State. This is the wedge that has been used to separate the Tea Party groups from the rEVOLution.

Since the Ron Paul rEVOLution has not and will not ever do this vis-a -vis the neo-conservative minority who hold the Republican Party in thrall at the moment it is my contention that the rEVOLution has not been co-opted. The principles of the rEVOLution are intact and there has been no compromise by those who are following Ron Paul into the Republican Party.

The proof will be in the events of the coming week. I am surprised that you Rick Mann have taken this position. You are the author of this post are you not?

http://www.dailypaul.com/241681/ron-paul-cant-win

There has been no co-option of the rEVOLution. The Republican Party may believe they have neutralised the rEVOLutionaries but they are the ones who are actually going to be swallowed up. The neo-conservatives are the minority and they WILL be co-opted.

I am so sorry to hear that you have bought into the defeatism that you so deplored just a short two months ago. Unless of course you are part of the group sent here to accomplish that very thing. It is indeed with the HEART that one believes and I believe that Ron Paul will win, in spite of all the efforts to stop him. Perhaps you have had a CHANGE OF HEART.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Read My First Post from March of this year

I have watched these opportunist/co-opters at work from the beginning. If I could, I would find the group of true patriots ready to surround Dr. Paul and protect him (like Tom Woods, Lew Rockwell, Penny Freeman)....men & women ready to lay down everything.

David, I hope, I pray for miracles at Tampa but we already had a miracle a year ago and that is you and me and dozens of others. That miracle was trashed from the Inside and they New it. I wrote letter after letter to the campaign and never got much more than a form letter response.. (And that is pathetic in and of itself).. I and others have strategically built businesses, faced off governments and yet watched these insiders doing their dirty deed....killing that miracle....that precious miracle ....that new life, that pure hope...born of love and it tears me apart!

No Quitting...but look the enemy in the eye...look truth in the eye!

David, you enjoyed the post that involved my son in AZ.. OK, he eventually got screwed by the AZ Rep.Committee (When is someone going to come up with a better name for these fiefdoms?). Now, Here is the Kicker and the answer to everything you stated...That young man saw their game, went out before the May 31st deadline and before he was done, you have 30 (THAT'S RIGHT 30) precincts in his county manned by true blue, to the death, Ron Paul men & women. His statement to me was "They thought they controlled the Republican Party...We Just Became the Republican Party". That's Strategy, heart felt in your face, fearless, tireless strategy, and David if this young man & you & me had been given the opportunity to surround Dr. Paul this past year and protect and nurture that miracle, Ron Paul would be our candidate.

Defeatist, Never....but When are we going to face the truth head on?!!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

The strategy you mention that your son implemented...

Was the strategy laid out by Ron Paul and his campaign. i.e. to take over the Republican Party from the bottom up, committee by committee. By attacking his campaign in the way you and others do you attack Ron Paul and you cut the ground from under your own feet.

It may be emotionally satisfying to lay the blame for what you see, notwithstanding your protestations to the contrary, as defeat, at the door of the campaign but it has been stated on here numerous times that war is always conducted by deception and there is no doubt that this is a war. The campaign has done what it had to do to win the nomination. Why do you think that the Romney camp have been so desperate, why they have cheated and lied? They knew they were being outmanoeuvred by the Ron Paul campaign and those supporters like your son who were doing exactly what the campaign had trained them to do.

We shall not know the truth of this war until it has been over for a time. In the meantime each and every supporter had to do the very best they could where they were to carry out the strategy of the Ron Paul campaign and join the Republican Party in its many offices.

Then there were those who began to attack the campaign especially those associated with the rEVOLution media. They began to do so when the campaign decided to tactically change direction. It struck me as significant that the attackers were media practitioners. It is perhaps a question of their personality type that they are so willing to act precipitously and thoughtlessly with little regard for the consequences of their words and actions. For that they must hold themselves responsible and not others.

Being experienced communicators it is no surprise that they inveighed against the campaign effectively and caused untold disruption and loss of momentum. Then of course they blamed the campaign for this loss. Rather than follow the lead that Ron Paul was signalling they determined that their way was better and gathered around themselves kindred spirits to resist what Ron Paul was doing and to build their case against the campaign for refusing to do things their way, with predictable consequences.

We are now at the end of the road for this particular nomination battle. It has been turbulent and I know that I have personally learnt a lot in the process. Tomorrow will be an important day to watch out for what God is doing. I believe that it will be a day of great encouragement for the rEVOLution and the next week will result in the nomination of Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul as the Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Given the way in which it will have been accomplished it will be clear that it was all by the grace of God.

God bless you Rick.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Your Comments are Immensly Appreciated

I need to let your thoughts sink in for a while because I sense you are looking for truth and looking deep within your heart for the words you speak....so in time I will respond more fully.

On another level, your last paragraph is as much a prayer as a comment. Deep within our hearts there can be found the voice of God. To go there is all I know to do.

Thanks, and God bless you David.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

No assimilation here...

none, nada, never.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

To be co-opted you must assimilate

They will try to do that with Ron Paul's ideas, but they won't assimilate us.

Bump...

For one of the most intelligent posts ever on here.

"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

The natural progression is to

The natural progression is to Voluntaryism. They cant co-opt 300 mil individual minds.

The power to do good to others is also the power to do them harm. Power to compel people, to control other people’s lives, is what political power is all about. It violates all the basic principles of voluntaryism: might does not make right; the end never justifies the means; nor may one person coercively interfere in the life of another. Even the smallest amount of political power is dangerous. First, it reduces the capacity of at least some people to lead their own lives in their own way. Second, and more important from the voluntaryist point of view, is what it does to the person wielding the power: it corrupts that person’s character.

I was thinking this was what happened last night.

First the GOP is faced with the threat of the Tea Party, which they assimilate. Now, that they are faced with an even stronger threat, coming directly from the man they've been trying to put down for decades, they simply do the same. This is why they suddenly support auditing the Federal Reserve, and by essentially limiting the public's view of Paul's policies to just this one thing they can make a lot of people believe that they're listening to him, and to us; they can even make the less aware of us believe this.

I've seen this coming for a short while now, what with the media suddenly letting all of his policies other than fiscal issues drop to the wayside.

However, we will show them that we are not blind, and we will not follow anyone who will not advance all of Paul's policies, and we will vote for no one for President other than Paul.

We will relegate Romney to a footnote in history.

Ron Paul 2016

Yup - Writing in Ron Paul one last time.

Romney, the RNC and the GOP can take their Co-Op and shove it.

"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

Bump!

DO you have a link for the Interview with Penny Langford Freeman?

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Penny Langford Freeman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX4DdfSGiFs
this one with Adam K is the Best except for Adam K
Watch it carefully...listen deeply.
I personally could not control the tears..

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

Absolutely correct Rick. We've been co-opted.

Your post is very intelligent and observant.

The subtle way we were led into the pen of obscurity is heart-breaking.

For 2 days straight I saw it here in Washington State at the republican convention (I was a delegate).

Oh sure - we kept our cool and even Kirby Wilbur (the establishment GOP convention chairman) thanked us for "staying civil" (as they screwed us out of most of the delegates here).

I saw that not as a compliment but as more of an insult.

This whole campaign season has reminded me of the Jews going quietly aboard those trains to the "showers" in Nazi Germany.

If this sounds too radical for anyone's sensibilities, then too bad. It simply is the truth.

I don't see a lot of difference. And believe me - Now, NOTHING is going to change in American politics no matter which stooge is elected in November.

We've been de-fanged and dismissed by the republican party.

It was one hell of a job they did, but I'm done with them.

If I stay political at all, I'll be joining the Libertarians.

After I write-in Ron Paul in November, I'm more likely to go back to my 34 year history of not voting at all.

The system is too far gone.

"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

Please...Stop

You have spoken perfect truth Except

We are not de-fanged. We are not on the trains. We are right here staring truth in the face And that, sir, Is A Beautiful Thing!

As long as we were ra-ra while I watched them exhaust Ron Paul, so they could manipulate him I was dieing on the inside and felt great loss.

Now it is time to win.
First step, face yourself, face the truth, listen deeply to your heart - because that is where the real answers will come from as well as the beautiful connections with each other..

Look at the realizations up and down this post. I am probably twice everyone's age here (except David R) and I am overjoyed.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.