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low expectations

RP said how his trick to surviving Congress was having very low expectations of his fellow politicians. I've tried that out in various ways, and it works beautifully. When driving, I assume everyone on the road is half blind, has serious emotional problems, and is late to get somewhere. It no longer bothers me when someone acts like they own the road. On the other hand, when someone is courteous, it's a pleasant surprise! It works with the zombie masses too. Just assume everyone is a hardcore statist, and when someone seems to be able to notice what's going on around them you really notice. Ironically it leads you to you focus more on the positive aspects of people, and you stop getting irritated.

You can tell RP did that with all his TV interviews. He never expressed one bit of surprise at being asked stupid questions over and over again, and he had already made his peace with it when agreeing to come on, so they didn't bother him.

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Good point

Take this advice and you'll live a happier life.

Good way to think

I always watched Dr Paul speak with calmness about "EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND INSANE GOVERNMENT BEHAVIOR" with amazement that he is not "FREAKING SCREAMING"

I was late once and the traffic was really slow and I was getting really irritated. I was on the bumper of the really slow, annoying car in front of me.

Someone once told me when we are feeling upset to "see a situation from God's perspective".

I then projected a vision of God looking down on the traffic and saw all of us trying to get somewhere.
We were all moving in the same direction. The "I" am late became "We" are doing the best we can.

I immediately calmed down and slowed thinking "It's ok if i'm late, no biggie"

Then the jacka$$ behind me started to honk.

This is probably

a great way to live, I'll give it a try. It's hard though, especially when you lived back when people weren't such zombies. Ron Paul's a zen superhero the way he can remain calm and patient in the face of such idiocracy.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift


"Being upset is a side effect of giving a fuck"

Once one realizes that one has zero control over others actions, life becomes much more livable.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77


This is my approach to women, does that make me a bad person?

Excuse me, I meant "This is my approach to dating."

Haha, I probably should read the rest of the comments. Someone's probably hit this punchline.

Sometimes a little common sense is too much to ask for

I keep saying it, in today's information age, there is NO excuse for not being informed. However, I can certainly see how expecting a LITTLE, common sense, courtesy, or hell, even integrity with some of the statists/sheeple out there could lead to banging your head against a brick wall.

This is precisely why I didn't have high expectations, or ANY for that matter, that at the very least the GOP would show some integrity and play by THEIR OWN rules during the primaries.

Information is more expensive than we think

Our modern society relies on the division of labor of 300 million people. Okay, let's refine that to 10 million highly educated people as the source of data/theories.

Think of the value of the information that can be produced by so many people?

Our decentralized society organically processes that information quite successfully. Politics tries to centralize it.

So, is global warming a threat or not? I don't think it is. I think that the data shows CO2 is rising conclusively, temperatures sort of have been in an upward trend consistent with historical expectations, and really that's all we conclusively know. But that doesn't stop HIGHLY EDUCATED liberals from calling anti-carbon tax activists 'flat-earthers'. The thing is, they are convinced that they're right, because they are sure that they have DATA.

What about guns and crime? More guns equals less crime, oh, except according to David Horowitz who says that data is all lies. So, the H.E.L. (highly educated liberals) say: guns bad, we have the DATA.

What about fiscal spending and stimulus. Paul Krugman. Nobel Prize. DATA.

Neocons have their studies and data, and so do we in the liberty movement.

So what is it? Which is it? How do we begin to have these discussions?

And that's before the common sense angle. I've found H.E.L., when you confront their DATA, tend to mentally shut down. First they try and prove why your data is flawed. After that, it's an emotional shouting match.

I don't know what it is. They generally don't believe in God so maybe their worldview is very fragile. But many believers suffer from the "my worldview's collapsing, shut up now before I yell louder" breakdown.

Sigh. I offer... my sympathy.


It works in reverse, keep peoples expectations of you low (be humble) and it is easy to impress.

John Adams-Diary,Feb.09,

John Adams-Diary,Feb.09, 1772: Statesman-A statesman would not compromise his principles under any conditions. Politician- someone who would compromise his principles in order to advance his own self interest.Ron Paul was one of the few statesmen we had in congress and one of whom i believe the founders would have accepted into the fold. As a true patriot,he has always stood for the Constitution and the principles that made America great.A Country that other other countries around the world once looked to as an example in democracy and why it is superior to Marxism,Socialism,Fascism,Communism and Islam.

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Cool Story Bro

tell it again. (j/k I try to have a similar philosophy - but correcting people is a good idea as well).


"The world has never known more oppressive governments or bigger governments than those which profess the cult of liberty." - Donald Sanborn


I do remember that.

And as I parent teenagers, I realize that when I "let go" that I have a greater peace about me. They have to choose how to run their lives. It's their life, their choice.

I guess my stance could be termed "having no expectations." But more apt is the desire to not control or coerce.

I think that is a better way to put it actually. Dr. Paul was/is not into controlling others. I do think he has HOPE, which is sort of an expectation. He HOPES for a better world, else he would not fight.

It's just that he will not FORCE others to conform to his way of right.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

No compromise.

My very favorite attribute of Dr. Ron Paul.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul


Dr. Paul. :)

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

Expectation are Resentments Waiting to Happen

So true.

Does help driving

This, and not taking the Highway since to work since I move, have really helped my stress level when driving.

I just tel myself to assume everyone is a horrible driver, possibly drunk, and may have a woman giving birth in the back seat. It makes it more fun to imagine crazy scenarios these people may be having.

Ex: "I spilled coffee on my lap, have a turtle head poking out, and I'm late for work" when a guy erratically cuts me off and flys by.

Well said, KV-

Expectations, can't live with them and you can't live without them. LOL. Too low gets you apathy, too hi gets you 'hope' and a hard landing. When it comes to people, reason is much better than expectations, as my little 4-legged critters will attest. ha (with a little 'h') That didn't come out right...4-legged critters can't reason, just expect...ah, you know what I mean, I hope...

Anyway, well said, KV

(I'm still reeling from fishy's post about Mayor Nagan and the Katrina Zombie Virus.)

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

"Expectation is the root of all heartache."

-William Shakespeare

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I like it

except with this assumption to me comes depression, so i prefer not to have expectations of anyone. Living in a blue state I dont get much surprise. Filling for annual Taxes are around the corner and everyone is well...excited to see if they will get any returns this year. Little does anyone ever bring up those who are in perpetual debt with the IRS. Even when it is brought to their attention "The IRS, Medicare, and SS needs to be Reformed. We arent TAKING money from people, were GIVING money to people"

His name is Edward Snowden

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I don't like making assumptions about others without anything to base it on. I wouldn't want others assuming things about me for no good reason, why should I do it to them ?

If I went around assuming that everyone was a statist/sheep/idiot/neolib/neocon/whatever, then I'd view people even *more* negatively...which isn't the best way to go when you're out trying to converse with folks about politics on a near daily basis. Maybe that's just my personality, though.

What I've found is that a lot (not most, but a lot) of people aren't "statists"...they just have a VERY hard time admitting they were wrong/fooled about something. That's just my experience though, others will vary greatly, naturally.

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I think ...they just have a

I think ...they just have a VERY hard time admitting they were wrong/fooled about something. is right. For people to accept that our position is correct, more often than not that change is drastic, and because it is drastic, it would cause them heavy thoughts about what they've done all their lives up to then.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.


and that's just it; I can't seem to find a way to inform people in a way that makes it seem as if they did it themselves all along. Guess I lack the patience to be subtle, heh.


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If you don't expect much of people you won't be let down.