A look into the thoughts of a normal everyday Liberty activistSubmitted by surfmatt on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 16:28
I'm a long time ghostreader and hardly ever comment on this site, but I've been noticing a strong pull away and sometimes disdain for volunteerist, agorist, anarchist and or anarcho-capitalist for a while now on this board and others. I can imagine how many are feeling that way off these boards. It seems the majority of our movement has taken this view of either you're now republican or you're not with "us". All I have to do is look at the down votes, up votes and comments here or on any freedom site to get a consensus. It's really getting to where people I know are feeling pushed away from people within this movement and I don't like that not one bit. Btw, by definition my views are somewhat closer to Anarcho-capitalism and Agorism(just to introduce myself).
Have we not learned from our history?? Out of all other people(I like to see us Liberty folk as more open minded individuals than others), haven't we learned from the downfalls of other movements and seen how they were ripped apart from the inside? That if you can't stand united you shall fall.
I have to say it and I know I will probably be blasted since this is called the "Daily PAUL", but Ron Paul didn't start this liberty idea. It was here before him and will be here after him. He was the first person that got me paying attention to the political spectrum, so I see him as my first teacher of many important subjects. He started many things and has taught me so much that sometimes I feel my head would explode and actually feel he has taught some of us so much that we now question even him lol(which I think it's extremely important to not follow blindly).
BUT, he is just a man... Like you, like me, like your neighbor, like your postman, like any other human being. There was also another great man that taught me; "Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized." - Albert Einstein.
It resonates in my mind and plays back over and over when I think of this movement and which direction we're heading.
I look at Rand Paul voting for sanctions in Iran, I look at Rand saying the C4L will move away from foreign policy talks, I seen Jesse Benton calling some of our people "fringe groups", I now see Benton saying he's never been more proud of a boss than a neo-con Sen. McConnell. I see people in this movement that will follow Rand anywhere he goes ONLY because his last name is Paul. I see these pro-republican comments like if 'rand endorsed Romney then i'd vote for him', and feel saddened with the fact that now we should be "playing the game" to get our freedoms back.... It really does hurt me to hear some in this movement say that.
I think we have to take a step back and look at what some of us are endorsing or advocating. Go back and look at what our principles are. Remember when we were all here for one reason. And that was for the advancement of liberty, no matter what your race, ethnicity, religious or non-religious beliefs, truther, birther, resource based economist, austrian economist, bitcoin advocate, anarchist, volunteerist, democrat, republican, anarcho-capitalist, libertarian, green party, tea party, constitutionalist, mini-anarchist or agorist we were all here for Liberty.
Look at our movement now..
It seems some are really drawing lines on who and how we can represent our movement, when in fact none of us really has the right to do that, not a Rand, not a Kokesh and not even a Ron. It started early in the C4L when they would publicly distance themselves from certain individuals like Tom Woods and or an Adam Kokesh. These guys are of our own. Say what you will about Mr. Kokesh's and Mr. Woods opinions, but they are in this for Liberty, period. They have advanced this movement just as much as the next. They have been around this movement long enough to see who the snakes are and who are not. They had the cojones to not "play nice" and call these traitors out and now we all see what they said was true.
I say this with the utmost respect.. I wholeheartedly blame Ron Paul for having those people handling his campaign. A leader must be the one to take the full blame for his teams mistakes no matter who it was that personally made those mistakes. If I get blasted for that then so be it. To me, that's an easily forgiven offense and we move on because we are ALL humans and all of us make mistakes from time to time. What I won't move on from is somebody telling me how I should feel about that issue and that i'm in the wrong for questioning a leader.
I look at some on here that will probably STILL back a Rand campaign with a Jesse Benton, Jack Hunter or John Tate on it even after showing their true colors, but will blast a Adam Kokesh or a Tom Woods for saying that the Ron Paul campaign has let us down when they both have stayed loyal to the movement. The movement is NOT Ron Paul, it's NOT Rand, it's NOT Kokesh, it's NOT Republican, it's NOT Libertarian and it's NOT an Agorist movement. It's a FREEDOM movement. It is more than just one man, no matter how many want to believe that. It's incredible that we now have a difference in opinion on whether or not we should stick to our guns and fight anything that is unconstituional or to just politically give in to get a small chance to fight another day.
There is no need to give up a little of our principles in my honest opinion. No matter if it's going to let us get to Audit the fed or to get the budget a bit more balanced, it's still a compromise that we should NOT make and I will NOT make. We are the future and they ALL know it, so no need for it. Ron Paul taught us that you stick to your convictions no matter the outcome, did he not??
So, why now, when we need that more than ever that some in our movement are advocating we go ahead and play along to get along?
We all know what we're up against. The elites and their minions have owned the people for long enough and it's time for us Patriots to take our lives back for good. We really have to be careful that in the process of getting to where we need to be that we don't become "THEM" by compromising our principles..
I'm sorry for the rant lol. I just thought this needed to be said.
Peace to All. I Love you guys :)