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The Battered Wife Syndrome Streak in the Liberty Movement

It's 3 am and keys are heard fumbling for the lock at the front door. In stumbles the drunken husband with that familiar look in his eye. The concerned wife literally paralyzed with fear, carefully chooses her words as she knows where it has led before. "Where have you been, I've been worried about you" she squeaks. The husband flies into a drunken rage, tearing up the house and spewing vile insults while smacking her across the face before he retires to their bedroom to pass out.

As the battered wife sits on the couch with ice on her face, she recalls the days when they dated, and how he was a good man with noble intentions and values. "If he could only stop drinking" she asks herself. "Maybe if I were a better wife, or tried a little harder things might be different." "Where did I go wrong," is the last thought that passes through her mind before she nods off from exhaustion.

The husband wakes in the afternoon, staggers into the kitchen still half drunk, and sees the wake of destruction he'd left the night before. His wife is at the stove cooking him breakfast and staring into the pan of bacon and eggs, trying not to reveal her black eye. He gently approaches her and slowly raises his hand to caress the side of her face.

"I'm sorry" he whispers.. "You know I've been having a rough time at work. I didn't mean to hurt you my love. Please forgive me. It won't happen again. I'm still learning and growing. I see the light now and new truths have been revealed to me." The wife breaks down crying and throws her arms around him, knowing deep down that the timer on the vicious cycle, has just been reset.

Some people (including myself) in our movement unfortunately have suffered from a lot of the same characteristics that were in the scenario above. Our movement is filled with good people who want to see the best in others, and want the best for themselves and everyone else. We want to believe that the media will some day come around and be that watchdog and whistle blower that they may have been in the past. We crave truth, transparency, accountability, and stability. We want our elected officials to stand on principle rather than for personal or monetary gain. We want them to honor the promises they made in the beginning when they were initially courting us.

The simple fact is that like alcohol, money, power, and control can be equally if not more addictive. The perpetrators in the corrupt media and Government will say or do whatever they have to, to keep that addiction fed and their jobs secure. In some cases they are like the battered wife, too scared to speak out for fear of losing their income or superficial status they've gained. In others it's just a case of being drunk on power and sick to begin with. They revel in the suffering of others and have no remorse. They feed off the innocence of children and laugh at the ignorance of the populace.

It is time for some in the liberty movement to wake up and look in the mirror. How many times are we going to be smacked in the face by these characters like Beck, Levin, and Limbaugh? Politicians and pundits alike, all try to slink up and caress our cheeks when they think it is safe, but will turn right back around and backhand us when the time comes to feed their addiction and feather their nests. They all have one thing in common, which is trying to maintain your trust so they can keep abusing you.

It is the age old fable of the scorpion and the frog. They sting you because it is in their nature. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The problem now is that the house of cards along with trust in these individuals is crumbling. They are going to say whatever they can to try and keep or regain your trust.

I'm all for holding out a sliver of hope that some of these individuals will wake up, wander off the reservation and start blowing the whistle, but I am not going to automatically throw my arms around them because they are now claiming to "see the light" while holding out phony apologies. Especially after all of the warnings we have given them in the past. Ignorance is only an excuse for so long.

It's time to get out of this sick relationship IMO. It's time to find common ground with fellow Americans (battered wives)who have been taught to be pitted against us and expose the men behind the curtain, as well as the ones on stage doing their bidding. It's time to try and build bridges with the police and military so they know we are on the same side. It's either that, or they're going to have to pick a side.

We outnumber them. Right now, we have the power of the internet to spread information and plant seeds in so many places like never before. That is probably going to come to an end or be restricted heavily at some point. It's time to start focusing on yourselves and your loved ones and bracing for impact. I'm afraid that the cancer is too far advanced and it's only a matter of time.

You can write me off as cynical or uncaring, but I've become wise to the abuse. How many times are we going to reach out and touch the stove to realize once again that it's hot?

It's either time to bug out, or bunker down. There is a storm on the horizon, and all we can do is manage what is in our sphere of influence. We may not be able to stop the storm, but we can do what we can to try and survive it and rebuild afterward. Part of that preparation, is mustering the courage to stand against those who have been taking advantage of our good nature for far too long.

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Keep spitting nonsense...

It's about libertarian voters...that is me! Ta da moron! It is about me after all!

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Here at the DP we tend to believe that we have a brain...

And a "will". Are you saying you are like the woman in the fictitious story?

Trapped, with no place to go?

OK. If that's you then I apologize. You are one of the sheeple without a pathway to freedom.

I change everything I said and now pity you.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Here at the DP?

Once again you prove you are a sheep, unable to comprehend that you can not even argue with out courting others approval.

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I argued my point against you pretty well...

Talk about not impressed. Why are you here, anyway?

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Obviously I don't

identify with the woman in the story, but guess what the story is about 'Libertarian voters' and he likens them all to the woman in the story.

And so junior it is this analogy that he applies to ALL libertarians and which you then assume means only those doing nothing that I am concerned with.

I expressed my discontent and for valid reasons why this analogy does not apply.

You on the other hand jump on me for no credible reason other than to stir up crap, and whether you like it or not that does not make you right, informed or even relevant it makes you a troll!

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Quit apologizing...

"Junior".

You're done.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

"You're done." Sounds like

"You're done."

Sounds like you're about to get out the belt. Someone needs to get taught a lesson huh?

Fooled by GB?

I see that Glen Beck is begging us to accept him. Yet, I remember what he did to the Ron Paul lady and her attempt in Texas. He dumped on her and, eventually, on Dr Paul. Being skeptical, I feel, is the safest way to be with Mr Beck and his ilk. I have been crapped on twice while being a delegate and an alternate.

In Illinois, where the Republicans are far outnumbered by Democrats, the establishment, still, made it clear that Ron Paul's libertarian ideals were not welcome. If they were to try to court me,at this point, I would feel just as skeptical, as I was in Tindley Park. They went out of their way to make sure Ron Paul was not represented. The establishment would be acting like the abusive husband, who says "It will never happen again, I am so sorry!" The only way things will change will be with close attention as to who are the people who are being heartfelt and honest in their support. It will take a very long time before I trust the establishment types.

Well Done, all of you. i

Well Done, all of you. i wanted to read all of what you had to say, but it's late. i just read Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto.

i'm trying to read something else.

Keep it up guys. no sarcasm but i am wishy washy

lawrence

I've witnessed psychological abuse that was just as bad or worse

...than physical.

And I ain't mincing words. Threatening with words to repeat previous physical violence is really no different from the real thing. And worse, in that it announces to anyone else around that it could happen again.

Pandas can't drive.

What?

First off this stuff I mentioned is just a very select sampling.I don't need everyone to relive my entire childhood to get my point across.

Secondly, I'll admit that you can't put a price tag on another persons pain, but if you seriously think that the threat of violence is worse than being beaten, I can only assume that you have not had both happen to you in order to tell the difference.

Thirdly, what's your point?

No. I was never hit by this person.

But I saw it happen and talked about it with her afterwards and she told me this. Sorry I didn't indicate that this wasn't my own personal experience but something that happened to someone else close to me.

Pandas can't drive.

Second part not needed.

Disregard this last post. My post above was cutoff and I though there might be a word limit, but it has been corrected.

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The woman with a wall up

This girl is beautiful, smart, and is heavily sought after by other men. However this girl is uncomfortable being "hit on" by even the most attractive guy because she is scared of getting hurt again. This girl has been lied to, cheated on, taken for granted, and mistreated to allow herself to date again. She now sees all men as pigs who only want to hurt her even when men are friendly or helpful to her.

I see this mindset in the movement a lot. People have been lied to and mistreated by the mainstream media that now anything in the mainstream media cannot be associated with what we all call 'The Liberty Movement'. No matter what good Rand Paul does for the movement many here will still call him an establishment neocon. No matter how many people Stossel, Judge Nap, Ben Swann, Rachel Maddow, or even Glenn Beck wake up they will always be establishment puppets only trying to hurt us.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Excellent analogy! I got out

Excellent analogy! I got out of the relationship after the 2008 elections. But the other battered wives/husbands have chided me ever since for not staying in the relationship.

Unfortunately often when you try of help other battered spouses out of the relationship they turn on you. I am tired...

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just curious, is describing your equals, mostly still men around

here, despite being intellectual oppositions on this issue, as 'battered wives' meant to be a subtle disparaging jab? if so then you should make that clear because some of us never felt those vulnerabilities and you can't quite say some potential 20 million ron paul sympathizers fit into your short profiling, many of us were leading in different areas of activism while you were on 911, direct collusion course with beck. to proceed and pull everybody into the same boat with you and laugh at those who in your eyes are 'cozying up' with him as 'battered wives' is kind of making your shoe a tad too big to fit everyone else, imho. a little reverse fitting of embarrassing emotions you would actually rather others not know, don't you think?

Remember the scene in Back to the Future 2?

Where in an alternate 1985 Marty's mom is married to rich Biff and threatens to leave him, and he says fine, but you and your kids are all cut off financially, so she turns around and says 'fine, you win, I'll stay?

That scene and this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9c1k_m6POA about sum up the entire federal to state relationship with wall street to me.

Pandas can't drive.

If anyone feels like a

If anyone feels like a battered wife because of what some talk show host or politician does, you've chosen that 100%. How about this - You could just not listen to them, and stop spending hour after hour making hundreds of posts about the subject that you despise. I'm not saying the OP specifically, I'm just talking about these people on the DP whose life seems to revolve around what Glen Beck says. You could just calmly observe the facts. You could focus your attention on what you think deserves it. There is no need to emotionally invest yourself like a teenage girl whose life is in shambles because some boy turned out to be a typical boy.

I know I'm not alone in that Rand endorsing Romney didn't make me sick. I didn't feel betrayed. It was what it was. I just don't understand how people could live that way, having their emotional stability rely on what someone says in the next youtube video.

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you sound just like jefferson to me...

And that is a good thing!

Funny how the substellar one likes you but but not the post that inspired you.

Funny, weird.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

calm people like you need to speak out more

most of us who tend to just see the world as it is usually do just that, observe the teenager girl drama that goes on dp without butting in, this is why boards like these will always have a bias tendency toward teenage drama. unfortunate reality is we have things better to do, i suppose.

this post has inspired a 8

this post has inspired a 8 part (so far) collaborative novelette, just so u guys know. smudge pot kicked it off and i just tagged along. its an open source novel so feel free to add chapters if u have the balls. make it interesting.

Interesting and fair parallel.

Unlike with some wife beaters, though, where I do wonder if some of them may actually have very brief moments of sincerity when they apologize (not that it matters when the cycle continues), I do not wonder that with Glenn Beck because I think he's acting, period.

Unfortunately, I don't think most of his audience realizes that. What he gives them is like rat poison. While most of the ingredients may be inert attractants, there is enough of the other to accomplish a fatal mission.

He has shown that with his craft of bringing marginalizaton and villification upon those who question certain things that the gov't/media does not want brought under scrutiny, be it with 9/11 or Sandy Hook.

When he is tickling the ears of his audience with talk of the Constitution out of one side of his mouth, yet out of the other side of his mouth sending a message that it is outrageous and preposterous to dare suggest hanky panky on the part of those in power when it comes to certain things, things that people SHOULD be questioning, he shows his true colors.

So an apology for not being a perfect husband (or libertarian as in Beck's apology) means little when the abuser is going to actively send a message to the victim's peers that the victim should be treated as an outcast for speaking up and questioning things that are not right.

As many victims of abuse can attest to, alienating the victim from their support system is part of the power the abuser holds.

i don't feel 'battered' at all

this has been an intellectual journey for me all along. i think some of you see this through different prisms and somehow put all others through it, whether they are willing participants or not. which is kind of interesting cus i've been delving into economic materials like crazy the majority of every single day ever since 07 and few i see put into the same amount of work, yet all profess to be learned and postulate as if all were equals

rather than holding the bar extra high, i think it's more accurate to say the expectation on the contrary has been realistically lowered, seeing what has happened over the years you know the later comers will be those further out the spectrum and each will carry personal baggage, just like some of us early comers did

I'm more like the jaded chick who's being stalked

... by a guy she doesn't even know, is not the slightest bit attracted to, and who she never gave any indication she knew he was alive.

She just wants to be left alone and is resentful that she feels she might someday have to defend herself against this psycho.

This girl ranges from amused at his stupidity, to appalled at his presumption and ignorance, to pissed off and on edge at the fact that she's always being lied to and threatened by this strange dude.

But battered? Nah.

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well someone started a trend

http://www.dailypaul.com/wordcloud#batter

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Excellent post, Jefferson

This "battered wife" has had enough. I've been happily divorced from those incorrigible clown demagogues for several years. Hopefully your well written post will help others who are still in that abusive relationship to see the light.

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Thank

you Missy! Your comments mean a lot to me. I really kind of banged this out and figured it would fall off into obscurity as many posts do. I could have used "Battered Person Syndrome" as an example, but didn't think it would have the same meaning.

I do not fault those who feel like they can still make a difference in the GOP. At least they are trying something, even though I think it's just more denial and busywork.

I'm afraid that we're too far down the path, and the 100+ years of embedded corruption is not just going to slip away quietly in the night. I've watched the media and TPTB circle the wagons on us since 2007. And, I wholeheartedly agree that it's time to empower ourselves and others who have been conditioned to resist us, and expose the abusive ones for what they are and what they've been doing.

Ohhh....But 2016 is going to be different this time. Yeah, right. We could be in full blown WWIII by then and "s/elections" will be the least of our worries.

That may not be a popular opinion, but I was never here to be popular in the first place.

don't take it from me...

Listen to a real, life long fighter for women's rights. This post was a sad attempt at polarizing women against the liberty movement. Nice try... If they are here , they are hopefully too smart to fall for the same shit that killed the civil rights movement, though necessary and worth it. Affirmative action does more harm than good. it labels women as second rate. THIS is damaging , so go after those affirmative action clowns buzz off here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5AOj6EhRuY

I apologise, I skimmed, I like it

I read the whistleblower DHS post earlier and thought I was being attacked by seventeen yr old trolls posing as feminists. I'll get better, I promise.