That's it. I'm done. No more GOP, LP, GJ, or any of it. I'll tell you why - you can tell me why not.Submitted by bcg on Sun, 09/02/2012 - 22:25
First of all, thank you guys for all of your efforts so far. I'm sure you know this is only the beginning. For me however, I am finished with the "politics" of this age in history. After this week, I know that we have already crossed the event horizon and that the system is beyond repair. I should have known this already. Yet I still canvassed neighborhoods, went to Tea Party rallies to try persuade folks, went to Republican committee meetings and tried schmoozing with fake/shallow people, watched every debate, checked DP frequently and the whole nine. When I voted for Dr. Paul this year it marked the only time I have voted for a president, even though I vote frequently on local races and issues. I should have learned from what my father went through in "politics". Today, when I saw this video, I thought of him and made my decision:
My father spent most of his adult life trying to make a difference politically. He ran for office countless times. He wrote countless letters. He was illegally removed from the ballot in 2008 and tried to sue in federal court, but his case was dismissed on ridiculous grounds. He descended into depression and only came out of it when he got up and walked away from that life. He left New Mexico and bought a house with no pipes and no furnace for $9000 in Springfield IL, and lived a simple life pursuing his passions on a daily basis. When I was cleaning up his things after he died last year I found a letter he was writing to a close friend saying that he loved his new life, calling it a writer's paradise and comparing his house to Thoreau's cabin on Walden Pond.
My father told me - "you never know if you're living in a democracy unless you see your name on the ballot". Did you see Dr. Paul's name on any ballots at the convention this week? Even when he received ACTUAL VOTES they would not even say his name into the microphone. Search for #honestmistake on youtube. You know all this already. This is not a democratic process. And if we're not living in a democracy, what is the point of wasting time and money on a farcical democratic "solution"?
I know that a lot of you will disagree with me. Perhaps you will say that we have made inroads with the Republicans and that liberty candidates will carry the torch going forward. If they try, I hope it works out for them. But I know it won't. Thinking that we can somehow play by their rules to take away their power is as ridiculous as hoping that Obama will wake up one day, realize he is a tyrant, revoke his executive orders, bring the troops home, and allow alternative currencies like gold and silver to circulate alongside debt-free US notes.
This is a "Kobayashi Maru" moment. If you're not an expert on the history of the Star Trek universe, the Kobayashi Maru test is a Starfleet test that cadets are subjected to - the catch is, there is no winning scenario. No matter which option the cadet chooses, it is the wrong one. Captain Kirk beat the test by thinking outside of the fictional scenario and reprogramming the computer so that he could win. THE ONLY ANSWER WAS TO NOT PLAY THE GAME BY THEIR RULES, BECAUSE IT WAS RIGGED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Now, I'm not bashing Dr. Paul or the movement here. I'm just providing a practical suggestion going forward. It is time to let Dr. Paul retire so that he can finally relax, and we can pick up the torch and finish what he started in a way that he was not prepared to do. He lived most of his life in a time when it might have been possible to change the system from within. I'm pretty sure that he might tell you something along the lines of "this is your time now". Remember, all of the picketing and begging the elites for redress of grievances did almost nothing to end apartheid in South Africa. It was only deleveraging their economy that brought it to a natural conclusion.
My suggestion is to take your intellectual capital, your political capital, and actual capital and leave the old system behind. Reince Preibus and all the others will be throwing temper tantrums in the corner when no one is paying attention to them anymore. We had better shift our focus away from the republicons and from the system in general, because right now we have great intellectual firepower in our movement, and people who feel like me will have no choice but to walk away if the GOP is the best we can do. And I know I'm not the only one he feels this way. I would love to see this possibility become a topic that is more often discussed on DP.
Sorry if this comes off as stream-of-conciousness spam, but I've had this feeling building for a while. I welcome your criticisms and thoughts and maybe you can change my mind. Tear me up, call me names, whatever - just don't call me late for dinner ;)
Have a good weekend guys, Peace.