A few words that changed a life.Submitted by atlasdaddy on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 08:21
I have recently been listening to the once avid opponents of Ron Paul saying the very same things I have said for the past six years right back to me. On every topic from every stripe and background. Most would consider this a victory all be it a late one. I do not. I see it more as a growing experience in learning. One that has taken me years to recognize and nurture.
A once harsh enemy of mine, as there is no other way to describe her, has over the past year or so come around to the Libertarian world view and I asked her simply "why?". She said it was because of something I said to her at the end of a civil argument between two adults that stopped her in her tracks. This argument was fast-moving from civil to some place else, I could feel that, so I said what I said and left the room.
Time and time again I find that pointing out all the injustices that our government gets away with, all the murder, all the racism and race baiting, all the times that the media have lied, all the truth I could point out, has the tendency to overwhelm most and they just shut down. They go to "safe mode" and start to raise their voices or begin to repeat what they hear on the news as a defense. This, in the end, proves worthless. This is what was happening at the end of our argument. As she was starting to be overwhelmed and began to raise her voice in defense of Obama and how he was not the best but better than the rest, I stood up, looked her in the eye and said, " It is impossible to support someone like Ron Paul, be ignorant, and willfully stupid at the same time." Then I left.
That sentence. That little sentence is all it took. Not points of fact, videos from YouTube and else where, not little fliers with Ron Paul's face on it, but that statement. That's all and I think it was because there is no argument against it. Notice anyone you meet that supports Ron Paul. You can call them a lot of things but stupid ain't one of them. This shut her down and caused her to ask of herself. She did that and found herself wanting.
Being a Ron Paul supporter means more than supporting tax breaks or ending the fed. It means more than bringing our troops home or giving power back to the states and people. It means more than all of those things, put together. Being a Ron Paul supporter means taking responsibility for yourself. Being the collector of both the good and bad of your actions and having to keep both. It means trusting people again. Trusting that they know what is best for them. It means looking in the mirror and realizing the YOU are responsible for you and your situation. That you can blame no one for whatever mess you are in except you. So what you were run over by a train. Perhaps you should have stayed off the tracks. And that, being responsible for you, that is a scary thing.
I guess my point is this, if you ever find yourself arguing with an idiot, remember this: The first person to loses their temper looses the fight. The loss of your temper is a sign of a mental house fly and if you claim to support someone like Ron Paul, then you might want to buzz on out of that room before you lose the ability to call yourself intelligent.