Transitioning to the MessageSubmitted by fonta on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 23:12
Perhaps the next couple of years affords us the opportunity to spread the message in many ways free from association with any political party given the parties, by design, only serve to divide.
Ron Paul (and most significantly his message) is now free of any party if he so chooses. He can remain behind anyone from any party who works at the local level and within party ranks for liberty and education. In doing so, he is behind them all without allegiance to any party. I feel he said so much when even to the end he refused to endorse any party candidate indicating he felt "all" parties had proven untrustworthy.
As a Ron Paul (the message) purist, I have often been upset with the direction of the DP. However, I have since changed my position and see the past year at the DP as a necessary education, however distasteful at times.
Michael has his own candidate views which he is entitled to and as owner of this site he made a decision to give everyone a voice,while sometimes expressing his own individual preference. By making that decision and offering a forum for it, many of us were exposed to factions within the voting public that surprised us.
And, yet to ever effect change, it is essential to understand those factions. While it became irritating at times, better understanding the so-called infiltrators and trolls was and is an education. After all, even the "paid to sway" are hardly infiltrators as they fall into two categories (1) those who can be paid to sway because they have political convictions behind what they do and (2) those who are down deep apathetic and can be paid to do anything, much like most of our current Congress. So called trolls are just irritating and redundant and require fortitude to ignore.There are people everywhere in society who are irritating, redundant, contentious or argumentative for arguments sake.
I hope the DP stays and exactly as it is. A forum for all to express their opinions, learn and grow. Political Parties will always be well represented here with all the "good, bad, and ugly" that entails.
However, in addition the DP can continue to afford a place for education and activism. I see the next few years as a time to spread the liberty message and educate the voting public to think for themselves and not follow a person, but follow a message. Then, when the time comes, vote for those who best carry the message. Obviously rallying behind those perceived to be or hoped to be Liberty Candidates is essential, but only one prong.
I would see a transition to spread the message (associated with people not a person) as a very positive thing whose time has come. Can speaking tours continue to resonate and create a fervor? I think they can. And, in order to best present the message, it should be outside political parties...not affiliated with any. I would love to see Ron Paul continue speaking (through the donations of those who agree), but bringing in others who have proven an ability to reach the masses. I would put the Judge and Chuck Baldwin at the top of the list. Works best if it is people who are not in Congress or running for. Let their platforms stand on their own as they measure up to the message. Keep politics out of it.
On another note, I would not get on the bandwagon at this time for any candidate for 2016. The next few years will be their proving ground. I am glad some are in Congress and hope they will continue to chip away at this issue or that. As the message gains steam, they may well expand the number of Liberty issues they are willing to stick their necks out for and stand, like a Ron Paul, behind.
As a footnote Thank you Michael and I hope the DP stays open and works toward balance., as we all look toward ways to spread the message and let people know that there is an option.
Just my thoughts.