My Awakening, and the Bottom LineSubmitted by snickodonnell on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 21:31
I've been hovering around the Daily Paul (along with LvMI, LRC, AntiWar.com, etc.) for a good three to four years regularly. Even in that short of time, I feel like I've been a "full out" liberty minded person since forever. I first became politically opinionated around my Sophomore year of high school, when I had a debate class and learned I had the ability to persuade people. It was in that class that I first began giving thought to how society worked and was organized, and I claimed by the next year to be a "conservative" Republican. The summer before my Senior year, I was given a copy of Atlas Shrugged, and by the start of college (shortly before casting my first-ever presidential election ballot for John McCain), my status would be somewhere between what most consider here to be a neo-conservative and paleoconservative.
I began reading many of the articles from Capitalism Magazine, even submitting one of my own titled "The Sin of Tax - A Critique of the Sin Tax." Eventually, I read an article by Peter Schiff that referred to Ron Paul. From there, it was all a blur. I absorbed everything that Mises, Rothbard, Haans Hermann-Hoppe, Bastiat, Doughlas French, et al had ever written. Although I still professed to be a "minarchist," I knew where my journey would eventually take me.
After they announced the official delegate count at the RNC today, I realized what I--and all, I truly believe, who love liberty--was destined to realize: I am an anarchist. Voluntaryist. Anti-state. Call it what you will, but the implication is the same: Under absolutely no condition should a group of people be ruled by another, no matter how virtuous the rulers/leaders/representatives are or claim to be.
What I have come to see is that government is not a necessary evil, but an unnecessary affront to everything that is right. I despise the State.
So, the bottom line is, I don't ever truly believe that efforts to "liberty-ize" a major political party will end up with the results we all want, at least not in the long-term. What I do pledge, however, is that any person who pledges to reduce the State--truly reduce it--is worthy of support. I will not be fooled into thinking that putting Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, or anyone in charge of a leviathan government will keep us free for good. Only the final, utter dissolution of the State can achieve this. Do not get me wrong friends, I voted whole-heartily for Dr. Paul in the primaries. I wanted him to win the nomination, and eventually the presidency. I think he would have done much to dismantle the State.
Any way that I can accelerate this dismantling I will support financially and through my efforts. The ugly truth is, however, that it will finally be the weight of itself that crushes the leviathan.
I think my best course of action is to take Dr. Paul's original intent and expand on it: education. The people must wake up, and it is our job to do it. He used the political process to do this, but how much longer this will be allowed is uncertain. We must find our own means of doing it, because it is the only way to keep the State at bay.
We are Dr. Paul's legacy. I will see you all around the boards.