Why This Site Must Remain The Daily Paul, Not The Daily Libertarian or The Daily Anything Else (IMO)Submitted by chris cudnoski on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 00:57
(This article is a result of reading many posts here since the convention on what should be done next, the removal of Dr. Paul's picture etc. Please excuse the spontaneous style.)
Ron Paul is a hero.
I was born and raised in America's smallest football town, a young-budding, libertarian-minded, anti-sports-hero-worship nerdy type. However, over the years years I began to notice that several of the people I would consider personal heroes had made their names in sports, as well as in Hollywood making movies or other entertainments.
Vince Lombardi, Jesse Ventura, and Richard Belzer are all heroes of mine, not merely because of what they accomplished on the field, the screen, or in the wrestling ring, but because of what they did with their lives besides just being really good at their jobs.
Ventura became an elected representative and an author.
Belzer writes books exposing corruption in Washington.
Lombardi was a physics teacher and master psychologist and motivator.
I have a hero in politics as well. He's not the most successful politician in history - after 12 'seasons' he's only gotten 1 bill passed. He's been in 3 'championships' and has lost 2, and looks likely to lose his third and last. And, like Lombardi, Belzer and Ventura, he's not really the most photogenic guy in the world. Then again, neither were John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin.
This site could easily justify changing its name to the Daily Washington, the Daily Jefferson, or the Daily Franklin, and I believe most members here could not find an argument against it that was based on anything any of these men's ideas or writings. Nor could anyone argue that to make such a name change would be some sort of hero-worship or idealization of the man's whose name was chosen. Even the Daily Liberty Page or some such thing could be embraced by everyone here because that's what the Daily Paul is all about, right?
I don't think so.
I believe that this site is the Daily Paul and will, must always be that. Not because Dr. Paul is my hero (even though he is.) Not because he is perfect (impossible.) Not because he perfectly represents 100% of everything we all want in our ideal politician (of course he can't possibly be that either.)
The Daily Paul is the Daily Paul for the very simple reason that a very simple, humble man decided to go out there and take a chance and try, and try again and again to do something, anything he could think of to make a difference in the lives of people he knew he would probably never meet, with no guarantee of success and even less certainty of personal glory, and ended up changing not just a nation but a whole world.
We don't remember the Alamo because it was a beautiful fort. We don't remember the Maine because it was a particularly special ship. We don't remember Ron Paul because he ran for president. We remember them all not for what they are but for what they mean.
The Daily Peace. The Daily Gold. The Daily Liberty.
The Daily PAUL.