Thank you from the Daily Paul IISubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 15:06
I had a thousand cards printed, and set out the bulk of over 350 of them yesterday. If you made a contribution, keep your eye on the mail ;-)
It is important for me to do this as a reminder to myself, that there are people, all over the country and world (we had over 25 international donations), that really love this site and what it is. To actually take the time to write a check, stick it in an envelope and send it is a profound statement of love. To send money to me to help keep the site going for everyone here - for the common cause - when just reading it is free, is a profound statement.
Sometimes it hard to remember, that behind all these screen names, and behind the sometimes annoying and inane comments, are real people - people who actually care. And that these people would take the time to send their love not only to me, but to everyone here, is awesome beyond words for me.
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Also a quick note on some of the things I've been thinking. The Daily Paul is obviously morphing and changing. Its secondary mission is complete. The Ron Paul for President campaign (or as Ernie Hancock called it, “The 2012 speaking tour” ) is over. It gives us the opportunity to begin again from nothing, which is a profoundly exciting opportunity.
While the secondary mission is complete, the primary mission remains: To spread the message of Liberty and encourage its growth across the land. To that end, this site needs to move beyond what we've been doing here, and on the internet in general. But what is the best way to do that?
I have been involved with the internet nearly since its inception. I was a stockbroker when Netscape came public, and it was the biggest IPO ever. “What the hell is it?” is what everyone (including me) wanted to know. After that job, and after a beautiful interlude of unemployment that gave me the time to read and think for a period of years, and a return to community college to learn the emerging skills of website building, I got a job as a web designer. At that job, I learned the skills that still serve me to this day: Photoshop, Illustrator, print production, website production. (Note to young people: Never take a job just for a paycheck. Always do something where you can learn what you’re interested in. When the learning stops, it is time to leave. This is the opposite of college: Instead of paying to learn, you get paid to learn.) While still on the job, I started my own website by moonlight, and was “blogging” before the term “blogging” was even even cool.
I got into this business because of the promise of the internet. The promise of distributing information and knowledge. The promise of democratizing institutions. The promise of empowering individuals to make a difference, and the promise of changing the world.
But that promise has not been fulfilled, and in many ways, it has been squandered. The internet is the new television, a device that enables us to endlessly and mindlessly amuse ourselves to death. How did it happen? How can we improve it? There must be a better use for the internet than ‘status updates.’
I don’t know what the future holds, for the Daily Paul, for myself, or the three patriots that help me keep the site going. Even if the fundraiser were to fill, it would only buy six more months of time at most. Since it seems unlikely to be filled, it just means less time. What does it mean? It means it is time for a change. And if these are the last few months of the Daily Paul, it brings on a sense of adventure and excitement. For there is nothing like the presence of death to bring on a clarity of focus on the present. And there is nothing like necessity to birth invention.
Thank you again everyone - contributors, non-contributors, trolls and friends. The future, as always, is wide open. It is waiting for you to take the reigns, to mold yourself, and to mold your world into a place of liberty, and justice for all.