I just saved my Dad from neoconservatismSubmitted by Tumn1s on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:05
I just had a 90 minute lunch with my Dad who's 61 and we mostly only talked about politics. He started by saying that he had a project for me, that he thought it was already part of our movement, but that he wanted to take a national poll... He asked me to start a website that questioned what people thought the role of government should be. I let him know that we were the only group that questioned the role of government. He agreed. My dad was a Bush, McCain, and finally Romney supporter... for the first time in my life, we had a conversation about politics and liberty, and he agreed with everything that I said.
We talked about economic philosophy, that being pro-business like Mitt Romney was not the same as being pro-free market like Ron Paul. We talked about the difference between Keynesian and Austrian economics. We talked about sound money and how we're robbed by the Federal Reserve. We talked about social policy, how allowing people to be free to make poor choices like doing drugs was not endorsing their behavior. We talked about the NDAA and the ever increasing power of the state. He's agreed with me in the past that we shouldn't be the policeman of the world.
I talked to him about the difference between Ron and Rand Paul. My dad thinks that libertarians have a messaging/marketing problem, but he likes Rand Paul. He said that conspiracy theories and people in tin foil hats damage our movement... he had previously come to one of our rallies and said those people turned him off to us. He mentioned a friend of mine who was respectful and wore a suit, saying that we should follow his example because he was willing to listen to him. I agreed.
When he dropped me off from lunch I asked him if he would like to borrow 'Economics in One Lesson' because of the impact it had on my economic thinking... and he was happy to borrow it. I've fought this battle for over 2 years, we've screamed at each other and had more than our fair share of unpleasant experiences while talking politics. Getting my dad to come around has meant more to me than anything else and while he still has some things to learn, I'm finally optimistic that he will. When I got home I broke down in tears of joy, because today, for the first time in my life, I can happily say my dad is awake, his mind is free... he's no longer a neocon.
Thank you Ron Paul.