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The House Always Wins

A little back story on this article. I was one of the 17 delegates that got bounced by the MA GOP State Committee. We did not disappear after that, we continue to fight to bring a more conservative track to a very liberal state GOP. We are true grass roots, not neo-con astroturf. We had a candidate that supported liberty candidates, as well as a collection of other more conservative coalitions up for election as the chairman. We ended up losing by a slim margin, but watching the collection of unscrupulous party "leaders" last night was sickening. The person that won was endorsed by Scott Brown, and I suppose the entire weight of the MAGOP will now be thrown behind his special election. Forget the grass roots when you can have top down leadership I guess.

The House always wins.
The establishment makes sure of that. They do it all the time. Last night was no different. As I stood there watching a group of cheating and unscrupulous establishment cronies celebrate, I was left wondering what it all meant. As I watched the State Committee members that actively and immorally overturned the votes cast at last April’s caucus, I had a feeling that something wasn’t right. A feeling grew in my stomach as I watched them high-five chest bump. What were they cheering for? Why were they so excited? Do they even understand what it all means? Do I?

Nope, not at all. I do not understand it at all. Last night was strange. In the midst of the cheers and long faces a weird thing happened. I had surreal feeling of stepping back to observe the scene. I felt as if I was watching a performance, kind of like a puppet show, where the performers are manipulated to display their actions by some unseen force causing them to react. They were counting votes, speechifying, laughing, joking, glad handing, basically being politicians. They performed admirably, and were able to cast their spell on the audience as all good puppet shows should. They lured us in to suspending our belief that it is not fake, that what they were doing is real, and that we actually had a chance in making change. That the ideals of a more conservative path would be an attractive alternative to the shameful state that the party is in. That volunteers are willing to sacrifice for their beliefs, and that you do not need to pay “volunteers.” That the energy of true grassroots would be enough to overcome the thin veneer of astroturf that currently exists.

On the other side of the ropes I watched our reaction and a sick feeling came over me. I felt like a puppet too. I felt as if we were being played. I felt as if puppets were controlling puppets, as if it were all some great game. Behind the curtain, the masters of the show were laughing at us for not only falling for the show, but becoming part of it and making it more real for them. Like Lucy reveling in the fact that dumb Charlie is going to take another crack at that football. It was as if some uncontrollable urge took over the rational part of my brain, and tricked my mind into suspending it’s disbelief. Much like any other orchestrated play, corny movie, or cheap dime store novella, the end is always predictable, and I feel like a sucker for getting taken for a ride.

Yeah, but we were so close! Sure we were. Keep telling yourself that, and look at where it has gotten us. I realized that the people I was there to see defeated always win. That it was not about any one candidate. It was about trying to fight the establishment. Fear, greed, and stupidity, always win because it is the way of life for the majority. They are easily swayed, easily manipulated, and easily controlled. I watched morally and mentally deficient marionettes take control of me last night, and I need to realize that is not how I want to be played.

As I sit here this morning I feel defeated. Not from the performance last night, but for the fact that I fell for it. I feel foolish that believing in a cause is all that is required to defeat the cheaters. I was wrong. Man was I wrong. I realize that I am now a part of the game. I am part of the problem. I am, by participation, adding more fuel to their wretched fire. I realized that the my attraction to this thing is like a candle drawing in a stupid moth. A creature blessed with the ability to fly anywhere it chooses, yet decides that the best course of action is to fly directly into the flames and kill itself.

I am sitting here emotionally and morally defeated with the realization that I am fighting giants with a fist full of bee bees. That no matter what path I feel I am on, the fruits of any moral victory will be spoiled by a wicked and toxic environment. That in fact the house always wins, and that the good guys are always mocked and scorned. So I guess I am a loser. I accept this fact, because I prefer not to become the monster that it takes to win in that environment.

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The House wins. But what did they win?

Besides a bad reputation.?

...MA State Delegate...
.Elected but rejected?.

Someone goes to a restaurant and gets sick. Who would not warn their fiends?

However, your local District elected you to serve as their national delegate. Yay!

How many national delegates did Ron Paul get in 2008. How many liberty loving, Constitution abiding national delegates were there in 2004.

But I will tell you what I need. I need to hear stories of success and failures, of those who dared. Neither can be achieved without sacrifice.

Dr Paul sacrificed a profession he loved, for what?

Just to let me know that it's not about winning, but it's about how you play the game? I wonder, what's the game? Spreading the message?

I think about all the people that have set this good example and shared it with me. At convention a good example can be seen by anyone who can see.

Those at convention, need to see a good example of liberty and justice more than I.

Will anybody remember my name tag with the picture of Reagan and Ron Paul laughing and talking. Will they remember the tagline... "Rx Prescription for prosperity". Will they remember that I was smiling and enthusiastic for Dr. Paul. That I listened and even agreed, or agreed to disagree. Who knows?

Should I dare stand for liberty and justice. Where should I stand and how and why?

Free includes debt-free!

You have to be a monster to win!

A quick look at the back room deals and vicious backstabbing that Jefferson employed against John Adams when he was Adams' VP might give us all a little insight into what it takes to be more than simple ballot-casters. Thomas Jefferson and his cronies could at times be real scumbags. But, he WON!!! His faction DEFEATED the Federalists and as a result purged the Federalists from government. In politics you don't get any points for being honorable, you get points when you WIN!!!

More than two centuries ago, morals went out the window, but, classic liberalism TRIUMPHED! It takes a monster to get things done in politics and government. That's why Rand Paul has accomplished more in two years than his father did in twenty.

"The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests." - Charlie Reese

I Have Studied Thomas Jefferson's Writings, And I Feel He Was,,,

Honorable !

He wrote the Declaration of Independence, he was against a Central Bank, such as the Fed, and he wrote this:

Quote: "I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion,in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself.
Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.
If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all." -Thomas Jefferson.

He also submitted to Congress, a bill to coin money and fix a standard of weights and measures, and to abolish slavery before 1800. (which was defeated)

What back room deals are you talking about Dixie?


I never said Jefferson wasn't honorable.

Just like I didn't say Rand Paul is dishonorable. But, Jefferson was a politician. It's nice to believe in sound money, strict Constitutionalism, and economic freedom, but, those things don't do you or the country any good unless you can put them into practice.

Politics is like the game Survivor. You don't get any points for acting honorable. In fact, that's a good way to lose elections. That's one reason Ron Paul lost two of them.

"The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests." - Charlie Reese

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sawx75, thanks for the vivid description of how the

cheating elites manage to keep the veneer of "winning" time & again, exhausting & denigrating the law/rule-abiding conscientious good ones, the little ones, us. As in Psalm 73 the wicked seems to prosper, suffer no pain. . . "Pride adorns them as a necklace; violence clothes them as a robe. Out of their stupidity comes sin; evil thoughts flood their hearts. They scoff and spout their malice; from on high they utter threats. . . "

Then, with Psalmist (73: 17), when I feel weak, I retreat to the womb of God. And rest in "rahamin", the helplessness and darkness of the womb, where rebirths to new and more authentic living is under preparation. This faith brings me back the hope, peace and enthusiasm, which are so prevalent in RonPaul's 30 years of Liberty Walk.

Where is Larry Pratt? Get that NRA stooge out of there.

The NRA will compromise by saying "guns are good" while declaring that every American gun owner (or member of Gun Owners of America) is insane.

The NRA will agree that everyone that looks funny, acts funny or doesn't say the socialist pledge of allegiance should be banned from owning a firearm.


don't be dismayed

It's the intellectual libertarians versus the establishment. We are supplanting the traditional role of the intellectual liberals (we are classical liberals) and slowly reforming the philosophy of both sides. We have a solid intellectual foundation with deep historical roots to work with and that is the important part of any long-term political fight.


You have seen through the fraud and the lies of statism.
You are almost to the real solution to achieving freedom: anarchy or voluntaryism.

But what about my friends.

Should I abandon them. Should I cry, "Let my people go!" Who will hear.

Having been the gift of that vision in the OP, what would be a responsible action?

Free includes debt-free!

This is why

We need to organize our own independent political forums outside of state and engage in popular nullification.

The Harder You Work, the Worse You Get Cheated

Let me say first of all, this is very well-written.

There is no "taking back" either of these two parties. People have been trying that for decades now, and the situation is worse than it ever was and will continue to get worse because these parties have become entities with a life of their own that don't need grassroots activists. They have achieved "escape velocity" from the grassroots.

All they need is a small cadre of local shills who gets crumbs of loot from the table in order to present the bare illusion of legitimacy to the mis-informed masses. They don't need you for money. They don't need you for legitimacy. The media, owned by the same corporate masters they are serving, will give them that.

What happened to Ron Paul supporters is instructive for anyone who thinks they can take back the party. The establishment cadre's resorted to fraud, cheating, and outright physical violence against Paul supporters when they got too close to taking over the state party.

In Louisiana the establishment forces illegally changed the rules at the last minute so that no matter what the delegates wanted, the outcomes were pre-determined by the insiders. When the Paul people simple turned their chairs around and held their own convention (because the establishment guy would not yield the floor or follow the rules) some rent-a-cops came in and broke one Paul delegate's fingers and dislocated the prosthetic hip of another one. See the video for yourself here.

But Louisiana politics are known for being dirty, right? True, but other sorts of outrages are occurring whenever the establishment guys don't get their way. In Nevada, Romney supporters had hundreds of fake badges made and tried to flood the convention floor. When the Paul folks called for credentialing, they vanished at the first break. The Paul folks took over the Nevada GOP, so the national GOP just collaborated with Romney to start a shadow party in that state and shut out the legitimate state GOP. On their way out, the shills transferred all of the state party's money to a local GOP group still safely in their control.

Paul folks took over the Iowa GOP and not only did the party money spigots turn off, but their Republican Governor suggested that the time had passed for their famous straw poll. Can you imagine the titular head of the party suggesting ending a straw poll that brought the state party so much money and attention over the years? Look for the national GOP to move Iowa back in the pecking order if they can't toss out the Paulians and re-install their compliant shills. They need someone "reliable" counting those votes for the next straw poll!

Paul, with millions of fanatical supporters and millions of dollars, is just the latest failure in the effort to "take back" the Republican party. Those of his supporters which can be co-opted with flattery and promises of "influence" will be co-opted. Those who won't play ball will be back-stabbed and marginalized. If worse comes to worse, the national party will simply do what they did in Nevada during the Romney campaign- do business through the cadre of shills who lost control of the state party and make them the defacto Republican party during the election cycle.

You cannot win in a contest where the other side makes the rules, changes the rules in the middle of the game, and if they lose according to those rules they simply ignore them and bull doze over you anyway. The moral decision is to quit the game and denounce it for the obvious fraud it is, not compromise yourself to a system you know is corrupt in hopes of somehow gaining "influence". You have as much chance joining the Gambinos in the hope of "reforming" and "taking them back" for any moral purpose.

If you just want a piece of the pie for yourself, they might deal with you - if you can help them get more pie. But if you are there to seriously suggest that they get all of their dirty little fingers out of the pie that is the wealth and earnings of the American people then the wolves will mark you as one of the enemy. Only posers, who claim they stand for such positions but do not follow with action, are kept around by the establishment just in case they need to fool people one more time.

If we could somehow abolish political party candidates for all legislative offices we might have a chance of getting our government back again because then the masters would have to buy each candidate individually instead of buying a party apparatus which leverages their purchases. Even better, increase the number of congressmen to ten times the number we currently have(at the founding we had a congressman for ever 50K citizens) and ban parties from sponsoring legislative candidates. That would make that once august body too hard to buy off, and much easier for a group of determined grassroots activists to take back. Let's remember this for America 2.0, when we have to reboot because these rapacious incompetents have run America 1.0 into the ground.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

Hit and Run Junkers

don't seem to have the sauce to leave a reply and engage in debate on anything I asserted above. They don't like what is said, but they can't refute the facts or the truth of it, so they junk and run.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

excellent essay

Truly did enjoy reading your essay. The frustrations that you feel have led a many people to give up trying to even fight the system. At some point we realize that the beast has become too powerful and there isnt much that can be done, that a lifetimes worth of work still wont accomplish our goals. My realization came from the treatment of Ron Paul during the election. Though i never truly believed that he would win it' it amazed me to see the shear determination to completely silence him, much as was done with you. At what point do us libertarians decide that we have had enough and simply stop playing the game?


I guess you know how Ron Paul has felt over the past 30 YEARS...

...didn't stop him though.

more cult of victimhood

i noticed there's a tendency for people to walk up to the podium and share their stories of abuse. like an AA meeting, we seem to find different ways to identify with the victim audience.

in this case, after being defeated by establishment GOP, the story of abuse gets told and re-told. march right up and share your story of abuse! wear it like a shimmering badge of honor.

but when we do this, what is happening?

well. instead of looking for ways to overcome obstacles, the cult of victimhood forfeits their personal power. instead of flexing their muscles and political might - they rest blame on something outside of themselves. "Impossible to change," they say. "Why did I even try?" They even look for ways to justify their decision to stop exercising their power. They claim that by doing so, they are only "adding to the problem."

But, people who equate "politics" with "the system" are committing a fallacy.

In reality, "politics" is just a word that means "execising your personal power."

So, when we do the thing called "giving up on politics," as it is often said - we are actually just saying "i am giving up attempting to influence."

And that is what the cult of victimhood is all about. it's about forfeiting power and allowing others to make decisions for you.

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There are other ways to exercise influence than politics

Lest you forget, politics is not the only game in town.

I agree.

But, if the individual writing the OP wants to exercise his influence in another aspect he should do so and encourage others to do so in their own aspect as well. The idea that the House always wins is pure and utter bologna. "The House" got its butt kicked in Iowa and Minnesota last year. "The House" doesn't have metaphysical powers and 51% can overturn the House the same way that a bullet can stop Spiderman.

"The truth is that neither British nor American imperialism was or is idealistic. It has always been driven by economic or strategic interests." - Charlie Reese

lest you forget, there is only politics

call it what you will. politics, activism, whatever. my point is taking your country back can't be done standing still.

not saying run for city council or mayor. but whatever you do, write a letter to the editor, talk to your friends/family/community, whatever - just don't "give up" or "opt out" as what is the underlying message by OP.

history reveals that "the house" in this analogy actually never wins.

Appearances can be deceiving.

What looks like "opt out" from one perspective may look like "lead by example" from another.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.


you fully understand what a conscience is for and how important it is to honor it.

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

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WOW! Powerful, profound, excellent writing

We need to get together again soon. I've known since 2008 that this wasn't the path for me, and have been hanging around waiting for others, waiting for others to see what you just described.

I am recently coming to the conclusion that the Daily Paul is part of the problem - at least the way it is configured now. And so I have been encouraging others to write authentically, write from the heart, what you are seeing. It doesn't matter if others don't see it the same way. What matters is honoring that that is driving up so powerfully from within - Not ignoring it and not forsaking it. Not trying to fit into a broken system, and not breaking yourself against it in the vain hope of fixing it.

You don't choose the roles, the roles choose you, is what I said. However, once you see they are just roles, you have the power to change them. You have the freedom to chose whatever game it is you choose to play.

Your closing paragraph is so powerful I have to quote it again:

I am sitting here emotionally and morally defeated with the realization that I am fighting giants with a fist full of bee bees. That no matter what path I feel I am on, the fruits of any moral victory will be spoiled by a wicked and toxic environment. That in fact the house always wins, and that the good guys are always mocked and scorned. So I guess I am a loser. I accept this fact, because I prefer not to become the monster that it takes to win in that environment.

This is what I say: Funk that game. Let's go do something so fun, so beautiful, of such service to humanity that people will be begging to join us. That the politicians will be sucking up to us for our endorsement. Funk the government. It is possible that we can achieve something like that in the free market. I believe that to be so.

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Your essay reminded me of this, by Terrence McKenna:

Culture is not your friend

I can attest, that the culture of politics is definitely not my friend.


felt this way about a year ago.

I pictured an ant pile where the seemingly logical ants were pushed out of the way by the reckless fervor of unguided fear.

I was at an End The Fed rally and a car drove by, the windows rolled down and 3 or 4 people in the car screamed "Why don't you get a job!".

It then dawned on me that I was a person in a strange land. They are Rome. Packs of Hyenas who think of today. Never capable of reason. Clever and cruel. Angry and bloated.

They are a society of fearful bullies. Afraid of losing what they have and not getting what they want. The people Grandma warned us about.

And so it goes, but the burning brush always decomposes back into earth.

Easy Little Buddy.....

Sounds like your'e hurtin' pretty bad. Love and respect to you and yours, thanks for your sacrifice. This is an important post and really confuses me. You see, I was replaced by tptb in my state and have worked to be a voice in ( The Party ), becoming a veritable thorn in the side of our puppet state party. Tomorrow We go to our meeting to hopefully oust the puppets. So while I understand, and appreciate you're point of view, I can't afford to lose sight of the fact that a few of us are making huge headway in our respective States. I believe what makes US win is the separate individuals jabbing at the horrible machine from all unexpected angles wasting so much of it's time and power that it becomes confused and overwhelmed into unimportance. Our lack of communication and command structure is both our greatest weakness and our greatest strength. Peace Out.

You're absolutely right

How can you expect to win when the system is rigged and you're dealing with a "Den of Vipers."

Only psychopaths really want to become politicians with a few rare exceptions. Better to take care of yourself, your family and close friends.

Govt. is an UN-necessary evil.


Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

Agree, and partly why I wrote this

Maybe it can be summed up in this:

"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" ~ Psalm 9:17 ~

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~