The "REVOLUTION" encompasses many roads. No need to fightSubmitted by elviejo on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 12:46
In many other posts in recent days there have been a multitude of ideas on how to continue the "Revolution". This is a GOOD thing and is the ESSENCE of the FREEDOM that "President Paul" talks about. Unfortunately, because we are all highly charged right now, and emotionally spent, many are worried that "if we don't all unite all will be lost". I disagree. This was my response to the post "End the Revolution. Start the Evolution" and someone encouraged me to make it a separate post. I believe that the only thing divisive in that post was the title itself, as Evolution doesn't MEAN the end of the Revolution, but is only an explanation of a DIFFERENT approach, that could be combined with OTHER approaches. So,.... here goes.
WE ALL HAVE OUR GIFTS AND TALENTS! "President" Paul's talent was taking a corrupt system that controlled all of the seats of power and media and microphones and venues.... and USING that system to get the message of liberty out there. He learned first hand when he ran as a Libertarian in 1988 (BEFORE EVERYONE HAD PERSONAL COMPUTERS GUYS!!!!), that the message could get no exposure unless one was INSIDE the system WITH ACCESS TO THE MODES OF COMMUNICATION that the system provided. So he decided to USE the structure that they had set up against them.
He had no idea that the internet would come along and little by little would be the TOOL that could be used to spread the message wider and faster than any of the controlled media that he had been using. What a DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE he got in 2008 when he saw the POWER that this NEW medium could have. It was an incredibly NEW opportunity to ignite the fires of liberty in the YOUNGER generation without the filter and control of the power brokers. And he had NO IDEA that it was out there just waiting for him. It was a matter of being at the perfect place at the perfect time, and he bravely ran with it.
I believe that the producer of the video in the post "Stop the Revolution. Start the Evolution" is right to some extent, and I believe that "President" Paul is also right. And I don't believe that they are in opposition to each other in any way.
One has to remember that Ron Paul has NEVER limited our options. He used ONE tool, and sees merit in those who continue to use THAT tool. However, I don't see that as in opposition to the path that this poster chooses either. I think RP would support ANY and ALL tools at our disposal to spread the message.
Ron Paul is for LIBERTY, and TALENT and CREATIVITY and INITIATIVE as long as it spreads the message of liberty. He is above all, AGAINST VIOLENCE because he knows that is does not work. (If those who are against FORCE, use that same force to PUSH their ideas on others, it only leads to disaster). But as long as NON VIOLENT means are used, I cannot see him having any objection or "opposition" to a new approach.
In the venue that was shown in this film, the meeting in the Financial Committee, chaired by "President" Paul, he had a desire to keep things "civilized" and "non combative". That is his style and his preference and it was "his venue". But I don't think it implies that he is opposed to this mode of resistance as the poster seems to imply.
So YES I agree that non violent resistance is a VERY effective tool, and I practice it myself as much as possible. It is another TOOL that can lead to the same end. Ron chose a more structured and subtle, but also incredibly effective route, and others will follow his path within the party system to spread the message. That is THEIR talent, THEIR comfortable place to do the hard work.
WE ALL HAVE OUR TALENTS, OUR IMAGINATION, OUR INITIATIVE AND OUR IDEAS. And Ron Paul....my President.... would support all efforts to spread the message.
Our job is to get that message to the MASSES so that it is considered "normal", and considering all of the mentions of the word "freedoms" and "liberties" and "God given rights" at the moron convention we just witnessed...... the message is becoming more and more mainstream. The masses are not EDUCATED in the core philosophy yet.... but the FEELINGS are there, and it is our job to EXPLAIN those feelings to them in a rational manner.
Our other job is to LIVE the message and serve as an example of LOVING, FREE people.
I see no need for "disagreements" on strategy. ALL modes are useful and productive and we must chose the mode that works for US. If some feel that voting for a certain candidate will "make a statement" then I see that as productive. Others may feel that not voting, or writing in Ron Paul is more effective as a TOOL. But we will find all sorts of ways, in our individual imagination and creativity to spread the message. THERE IS PLENTY OF WORK TO GO AROUND and a lifetime to do it.
WE ARE THE FUTURE. THANK YOU RON PAUL FOR IGNITING THE FIRES OF LIBERTY WITHIN ALL OF US.