Sometimes the blindness of the Paul supporters staggers meSubmitted by elviejo on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 19:20
From the nasty, rude, and unkind comments that I see any time that Jesse Benton, or John Tate, etc. are mentioned, I think that many here must live in a bubble and never go outdoors. These people still feel that they can "get their friends together and put on a show in the barn, and save the old courthouse"... just like the old movies. I get a knot in the pit of my stomach every time there is a post on Jesse or Rand knowing that the same knee-jerk comments are going to come rolling out of the bitter angry bloggers on this site who have, evidently never experienced disappointment before.
Clearly many have not looked around at the society that we live in. Clearly many think that if the campaign staff had just worked harder "WE WOULD HAVE WON!" And worse, clearly many are looking for someone to "blame"... so they can hold on to that ANGER and BITTERNESS and HATE, which feels OH so good right now, and puts off looking at the WORK that needs to be done. This is a STUNNING disregard for the realities of the current situation in our country.
Ron Paul is not a stupid man, he is not an old doddering fool, and he is incredibly savy when it comes to the realities of politics. He decided to game THEIR system in order to spread the message. He KNEW the odds were stacked against him, but he put together a staff and they all worked hard to do the BEST they could, and MAYBE, just MAYBE pull off what would have taken a "CALL ROME, MIRACLE".
Jesse Benton went into it with a strategy could have actually enabled Ron to be "in the running". Ron actually WON Iowa, and had that news been told TRUTHFULLY by the media, the momentum might have been greater. Short of that, Jesse figured out the delegate strategy... but the ONLY hope of a brokered convention was if SEVERAL candidates were in play. Once Santorum dropped out, there was no hope.
Jesse told us the TRUTH. We didn't want to HEAR it. But it was the truth. It was an ABSOLUTE LONG SHOT, and they did their best. But people "always kill the messenger" and this time was no different.
To make an analogy, our movement was 4 guys in a Kayak, rowing as fast as they could in a race with a Navy speedboat. Possibly, with some clever strategy, you could outwit the speedboat... but the ODDS were INCREDIBLY slim.
We were up against all of the forces available to the Federal Reserve, the Pentagon, the Military Industrial Complex, the major MEDIA outlets, the entrenched "old farts" in the RNC, the Evil Ones who are above ALL of those things and actually run the world. And we ACTUALLY made some IMPACT. We ACTUALLY had them SCARED, for God's sake. IF YOU DON'T CONSIDER THAT SUCCESS... that our little KAYAK caused that much distress.... then you are blinding yourselves to the success that was actually achieved.
On top of all of that, we were up against "the dumbed down masses" who outnumber us 1000 to 1! If you don't believe me..... FOR GOD'S SAKE LOOK AROUND YOU!!!!! The people in your circle of friends, at your school, at work and in your families. Look at the photos of those crowds at the RNC and DNC conventions! WE ARE NOT THE MAJORITY YET!!!! NOT BY A LONG SHOT, and placing blame on the campaign staff, for the reality of the situation is not seeing the world as it is.
When my son was 10 years old, our state's football team was in the Superbowl. It was SHEER LUCK that got them there because they were NOT a good team. They had a quarterback that could throw.... and that was IT! Needless to say, they were slaughtered!
My ten year old's reaction was "THE OTHER TEAM CHEATED!"... and I had to explain that "NO, the other team was better and stronger and they won the game because of that. No "wishful thinking" was going to win that game. And it was my job to TEACH my young son the painful facts of life.
I expect a little more maturity here on DP than that of a 10 YEAR OLD. But the way people go on you would think that they honestly never look around and acknowledge the realities of the SHEEP out there and HOW MANY of them there are! OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!!!!!
We have to start at the BOTTOM (local, state, and some national seats... letters to the editor, liberty parties in our homes) and work our way UP. It is the MASSES that will be the determining factor in gaining liberty, and THAT is where we have to cause change.
Ron Paul got 2 million votes in the primaries. He estimates double that from those that weren't registered Republican. OK... so lets say 4 million. Rush Limbaugh's audience is 20 million A WEEK. So the idiot Rush, has FIVE TIMES the followers that the Liberty Movement has, and he fills them with neocon tripe every day. And his audience is only a FRACTION of our "challenge". But OH NO, Jesse and the rest of the staff were somehow supposed to overcome the entire power structure and pull a rabbit out of the had and do MAGIC... and if they didn't.... well, then, they must have been PLANTS and SOLD OUT, or did their job terribly. ARGH!!!!!
EVEN IF WE HAD GOTTEN EVERY SINGLE DELEGATE THAT WE WON TO THE CONVENTION - AND EVEN IF SANTORUM HAD STAYED IN AND THE CONVENTION HAD BEEN BROKERED - WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO WIN!!!!!!!!
So PLEASE, GROW from this experience, and stop trying to have scapegoats to BLAME for the REALITIES of our situation.
We have a LONG way to go and a LOT of work to do. That is the truth of it. It isn't "FUN" and it isn't "EXCITING" like a campaign. It is hard, dangerous, and often frustrating work.
Only MATURE, patient, consistent and loving people of character are going to survive. Open your EYES people and LOOK AROUND at all of the sheep out there.... and then roll up YOUR sleeves and get to work. You are wasting energy that is needed in moving forward!