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The Election is over, Time to Educate.

We gave it our all this election cycle and came up short. But, if you look at the sorry condition of our countrymen today, I think we can all agree that we've all accomplished more - Ron Paul has accomished more than any realist ever thought possible. The Ron Paul Revolution has awakened more Americans to sound economics, strict Constitutionalism, and the cause of liberty and self-government more than any political movement in decades. Some see Barrack Obama in the White House still and believe this country is past the point of no return. But, the truth is as long as their are patriots out here who believe in the principles that our Founders believed in THERE IS HOPE FOR AMERICA!!!

The election is over and the political action is done. But, our job has just begun. The next phase in taking our country back from the bureaucrats, the imperialists, the statists and restoring Constitutional government is mass education. For three generations a least, Americans have been getting brainwashed by big government statist curricula in our public schools. The only way to win politically is to win philosophically first. So, let's put a Tom Woods book in the hands of a neighbor, let's buy two dozen copies of an easy-to-read economics book from Mises.org and distribute them out to local college students, let's send acquaintances over to Mises and encourage them to take advantage of the massive amount of free material. Let's buy a book by Ron Paul for our family members for Christmas, let's keep the chat room and comments sections online full of "Paulbots," and most importantly, let's educate ourselves so, we'll know how to defend what we believe and be able to convince others as well.

Lastly, let's not forget, in the political off-season, we're not trying to win people over to a person or a party, but, to an ideology.




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When someone complains about

this issue or that issue, I'm just like "I really had to agree with Ron Paul on this when he said...(insert relevant liberty-minded quote here)." Just today, my friend said "O yea, Ron Paul, he was in & out of the race so quick I didn't really get to hear alot from him." Then I'm like "actually...he was in it all the way up to the convention, but the GOP changed the rules so he couldn't get nominated from the floor." That gets his attention & we end up talking for almost an hour about why the establishment media is controlling the public & feels threatened by these ideas. He is totally awake & am sure there are tons more like him just begging for the truth, so yes, keep educating yourself, educating others & planting the seeds! Every chance you get!

Education is great

But it's not how you win a war of ideas.

True that Ron Paul is a huge learning curve.. I'm always learning,, but I'm also showing uo to GIP meetings and that half the battle showing up.

Thomas Jefferson would disagree with that.

As he gives us the true corrective...

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.
This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson

And before you go all "you don't go to meetings so you're not doing it right" on me; yes, I am a Precinct Chairman AND State Committeeman for my county.

TO EXERCIZE THEIR CONTROL

there you have it

When you have the truth, education is the surest way

to win the war of ideas. For instance, say you're talking to a warhawk Conservative who doesn't want to cut military spending. By educating him in the fact that the Air Force saw its funding increase 43% from 1999-2010, but, had its air fleet shrink by 51%, that warhawk is going to start thinking that maybe just like with education, throwing more tax dollars at the military doesn't produce a stronger military. But, the written word is far more powerful than the spoken word most of the time. If someone seems smart and willing to learn, giving that person a good libertarian book will give them time to see the arguments by themselves and convince themselves that libertarianism is the way to go. People generally tend to be more open to changing if they feel they're coming to a certain conclusion on their own.

Truth is perspective

least we forget 6 men and an elephant?

I'm still learning.. learning is non-stop.

So to me.. learning RIGHT ON.. but that's not going to restore the republic.. it takes showing up and being counted whether you speak or not.

By "showing up and being counted,"

I presume you mean showing up to vote? The elections are over. There's nothing to be counted for until 2014.

No

I mean by going to the monthly GOP central committee meetings, bi-annual conventions and participating in the democratic process to restore the republic.

That's kind of related.

to educating people. In order to get something accomplished, I'm sure you haven't just been showing up, all the Republican leadership in your county was already libertarian before you got involved. Interacting with Republican committees still required educating the other committee members, otherwise it would be like one person trying to pull a school bus one way, while everyone else is pulling the other way.

No

I've said many times now that education is constant.. I am years ahed of many here and I'm STILL learning.. it's a constant. I exercize what I lewarn by showing up.

The Republican leadership in my county was 2 Neocons who "filled the gtap" from the past GOP chair being imprisoned for attemtped murder.. gutted the GOP here, and the Democrats say they had to fill seats to keep a two party going.

I tell folks here I'm a Republican and they tell me.. you better not tell too many people because they will come after you, the chair was framed.. all because he bought American flags for the high school classrooms."

And now.. I'm on the committee, and though I was alone as a Ron Paul republican, I am no longer alone, and we are educating them, and some are being nice.. but I never forget.. the leadership remains former Democrats who liked Obama much more than Romney.