Who will you be without Ron Paul? (Different paths to our common ground.)Submitted by fishyculture on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 08:50
Ron Paul deserves to go down in history as "the man who inspired a r3volution." He brought together people who were diametrically opposed on many "issues" but who agreed in general on the basic concept of "liberty." Bible thumpers stood side by side with atheists to fight the Patriot Act, the NDAA, the "police state" in all its manifestations. Then Ron Paul ended his campaign for President - this was in 2008. The group that had become like family began to drift apart. Those of us who had joined the GOP stayed and tried to make changes from within. For me, that goal was abandoned when Lt. Gov. Brad Little announced to a group of County Chairmen that the Tea Party had been successfully taken over. Understand that I was at a "Tea Party" on November 11, 2007 - with about 6 other people. When Boise's Tea Party held their first event, there were thousands of people, and a stage and rock-concert sized speakers.... My husband's first comment was "Where did this money come from?" Now we know.
Many Ron Paul supporters took the lead in other battles; "We The People," fighting for their Sovereign Rights, becoming video-journalists, engaging in "Cop Watch," joining Chuck Baldwin's "Liberty Fellowship." Many of them just disappeared into the woodwork, their willingness to stand and be counted evaporated under the increasing incidence of police violence against political activists. Had Ron Paul said in 2008 that he would run again in 2012, perhaps some of them may have stuck around, but we will never know. What we do know is that CFL failed to keep the Ron Paul supporters together in a cohesive group, and that in 2012 Idaho handed Ron Paul some embarrassing numbers.
Now it is a week before the next faux election. Ron Paul is not in the running, but the "faithful" are still vowing to write him in. Some will be supporting a third party candidate. I do not consent to any of it - I was created sovereign and that is how I will live and die. To participate in the rigged election of corrupt men is tacit approval, and I do not approve. So who is doing "the right thing?"
Every one of us.
Our common ground is not "liberty" it is our humanity. If you are terribly literal, our common ground is earth. For those who wish to restore Constitutional Law to the US, I ask: Which rights are exclusive to US residing humans? The ways we differ are infinite, and by focusing on our differences we enable those who deal in fear to make us fearful of each other.
By learning to celebrate our differences we disarm them. If "Liberty" was the battle call that rallied us, let "For ALL" become the charge that carries us forward. There are many paths to the Valhalla of "Freedom." Find the path that fits your feet, and walk it impeccably.
Next week will be heartbreaking for anyone who cares about truth, justice, liberty. But it need not be the sundering of The People. We need not walk together to be on our way to our common destination, there are many paths across this common ground.
Fight on, my brothers and sisters - for love, for liberty, for peace, for truth. I see your light on the hill, and I am heartened to know you are there. I shall see you at the journey's end and shall not care one whit which path you arrived by, I will simply rejoice at our victory - and dance with you upon that common ground!
Special thanks to quiltingsando for suggesting the perfect soundtrack for our dance: