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Daily Paul is a Watchman on the Wall.

No, it's not "Infowars", or Rense, or Natural News, or Economic Collapse Blog, or TED either.

In my few years here I have seen the Daily Paul try to be defined by others, and therefore controlled by whatever their personal views and ambitions are. I hope that I'm not being hypocritical in trying to define it myself.

At its inception the Daily Paul was here to try and (naively in retrospect) get Ron Paul elected to the White House. This is one of, if not the most powerful positions on Earth. But, after two attempts at trying to make this happen, hopefully some lessons have been learned.

1) If you want to see who is running the country, don't look at the faceman or figurehead in the foreground of the picture, look at the men standing behind him. These are the ones pulling the levers of power. The president is just the guy who comes on TV and smiles and tells you which levers are being pulled. THERE IS NO WAY these deeply embedded and corrupt men were going to allow someone like Ron Paul anywhere CLOSE to the White House.

I also predict, (and I hope I'm wrong) that no matter how much Rand goes and kisses the wailing wall and "plays the game," he will also never get close to the White House. I'm reminded of the late comedian Bill Hicks' description of what happens when a new president comes into office.

http://youtu.be/bIiCjhCBDaM

2) We've hopefully learned by now that the "mockingbird" mainstream media is NOT our friend. They are simply extensions of the deeply embedded and corrupt interests that are running our country and most of the world for that matter. They are like an abusive husband that tells us what we want to hear sometimes, and then turns right around and smacks us until we're black and blue when we're not expecting it.

"But.. but..but they just put Rand on the cover of Time Magazine" you say. Yeah, they also put Hitler on there too. Don't confuse me with equating Rand to Hitler. I'm just stating that they put whoever is in their best interests at the time on the cover. Do you know how many times Ron Paul was in the lead on those "Time" polls, only to be snubbed for some other character that they wanted to spotlight.

If you think that the MSM is someday going to grow a conscience and start being "on our side" then you may still have a lot to learn. Just follow the money, and you will see that the majority of companies and subsidiaries are owned by just a handful of giant corporations. They become more consolidated and more focused on disempowering the people every day. This is not exclusive to the USA. The Hollywood model of "programming" is being exported as fast as our military technology and hardware. They (societal engineers) want you in fear, obedient to the state, medicated (aka lobotomized), and stuck on the ever inclining treadmill until you look back on your life and wonder what the hell happened.

3) We have NO WAY of recording or PROVING how we've voted. Our voting system is a SCAM. How is it that we can go to an ATM, do a transaction anywhere in the world and be provided a PAPER RECEIPT, but the same can't happen with our votes? WHAT is wrong with that picture?! I have a close friend that has worked at the top levels of some of the most sensitive military and civilian internet networks in the world. He will be the first to tell you that "anything man can make, man can hack." He'll also tell you that "anytime you're plugged into a network, someone can get your data." Our most precious action of recourse HAS BEEN COMPROMISED.

So where does that leave us? The four boxes of liberty is a meme that proposes: "There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo." I SINCERELY hope that we are NOT approaching the final "box." This is the most dangerous course of action that could replace the current regime with something worse than what we have already. Or, there is a chance it could turn out well. Either way, the transition is probably not going to be pretty.

I used to scold those who would say they are "bailing out of the USA" while saying so long suckers. Now, I'm not so sure I would want to be here either. I love this country, but we are number one in the things that are worst for us, and toward the bottom of the list in things we should be excelling at.
http://www.dailypaul.com/283084/america-1-in-fear-stress-ang...

This does not mean I'm bailing on the USA. I simply have no choice. My family, friends, and life has been built here and I'm not in any shape to start over at this point. I sometimes feel like I'm chained to a runaway train heading for a brick wall. (not that I'm not working on those chains with a hacksaw)

So while I realize that the "DP is not infowars." I also realize that we are IN an "infowar." Information is one of the most powerful things one can possess. CONTROL of information is even MORE powerful. That is why there are deeply embedded and corrupt interests controlling the MSM. There is truth in the saying "there is a war on for your mind." If someone can make you believe absurdities, they can make you commit atrocities.

And, while I don't necessarily appreciate some who just dump every article they see on "infowars" here, (it's about quality not quantity) I DO appreciate those who are trying to be the "watchmen on the wall." We are being attacked from all directions and it is crucial to try and warn others so they may hopefully take measures to protect themselves and their families. These attacks may be as subtle as "you're not adequate if you're not in debt and keeping up with the Joneses," to the gradual stripping away of our natural rights, our savings, our health, and our culture.

This is why the "watchmen on the wall" are especially vital, because without our own health, awareness, and action, we are USELESS in the war that is being waged against us. And make no mistake, we are under attack.

So in summary, I look back to the first of the "four boxes in defense of liberty." We still have a "soapbox" (for now) This is why things like SOPA and CISPA, etc. are being put in place to try and control this uncontrollable flow of information. They don't like you being able to analyze events that are happening in real time and make adjustments accordingly. They want you to keep subscribing to THEIR version of reality, and not ever question it.

Liberty makes strange bedfellows, and I've seen some really strange stuff come across my screen in the 5+ years I've been here. I've also come across some VERY inspiring and empowering information as well.
That old saying that "you can open your mind up so much that your brain falls out" rings true, but so does the saying "the wise see the danger and take refuge, the foolish keep going and suffer for it."

Let's work to find common ground, empower each other, drop the "labels," and appreciate the "watchmen on the wall." After all, this website was inspired by one of the original modern day watchmen, Ron Paul. People thought he was crazy too, but he's ended up being right on a lot of things. The same can be said for Alex Jones. I don't agree with him 100%. I don't care for some of the things he's done in private, but he's been right on a lot as well. Both of these men have lived through years of ridicule, only to be proven right in the end. I came to know Ron Paul through Aaron Russo's film (another watchman) "America freedom to Fascism."

Are we all going to join hands and immediately start singing "kum bah yah?" Of course not. But if I were strolling along with someone and I reached down to pick up a poisonous mushroom to eat, and my companion warned me not to, then I would be appreciative of their input. Even if it caused me to take pause and research whether they were healthy for me or not.

The Daily Paul ebbs and flows with current news and information that may or may not be impacting our lives. The more experience I have with it, the more I try to go with the flow. I hope other newcomers will realize this and do the same. Stop looking for leaders and look in the mirror, because you may have the ability to be a leader when the time comes. Stop worrying about "our reputation" and be concerned with your own. That is ultimately all we have control of is ourselves. How we act and react in certain situations determines a great deal.

The person who wrote the "Daily Paul is not infowars" asked a good question in a previous thread. "How do we defeat our opponents?" Sometimes I have to remember that I can be my own greatest opponent.

Thanks for reading.

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SteveMT's picture

The information war can only be won by fighting fire with fire.

The correct information will win against false information. The truth trumps the lies every time. Hyperbole will lose out to reality. At times, the Daily Paul is reactive and can quickly mobilize into a formidable force to be reckoned with. Likewise, we can also be proactive by thinking outside of the box in anticipation of what lies ahead. In the midst of a corrupt world all around us, we have here our oasis of Liberty that we can rely upon. Who watches the watchmen? Like you said, we do. That was a beautiful piece of writing, Jefferson.

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Thank you...

for posting this wisdom.

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

Fungus Among Us

It happens that those who urge we not taste, but rather fit the mold, are the ones beguiling.

Let us each decide for ourselves what to do with the 'shrooms along our paths.

http://www.dailypaul.com/235125/weekend-meditation-conscious...

Bump for Jefferson's great post.

Watching

'Tell Him More'

Jefferson, once impetuous, but always my friend, your sober insights prove worthy of your namesake. You clearly 'get it', and consistently help bring new comers around to greater understanding and appreciation of liberty principles in truth.

Your contributions always help make this site the best on the net in spite of the disinfo antics of trolls, young turks and confused fuddy duddies.

I, for one, really appreciate the role you serve as the wised up elder statesman around here.

You are so There.

Speaking of your namesake, here's his advice, apt in our present context:

[From a letter to Arthur Campbell (1797)]:

▪ 
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake. "

-- Thomas Jefferson

Thank you again. I'm with you.

Like Peter Seller's character, Chauncey Gardner, in the classic, 'Being There' was fond of saying -- " I like to watch" ;-)

WATCHMEN
-- By Rudyard Kipling

SEVEN Watchmen sitting in a tower,
Watching what had come upon mankind,
Showed the Man the Glory and the Power,
And bade him shape the Kingdom to his mind.
"All things on Earth your will shall win you."
('Twas so their council ran)
" But the Kingdom--the Kingdom is within you,"
Said the Man's own mind to the Man.
For time--and some time--
As it was in the bitter years before
So it shall be in the over-sweetened hour--
That a man's mind is wont to tell him more
Than Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower

I am here just to be around

I am here just to be around folks like you Jefferson. Thanks!!!

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Reading this inspired a

Reading this inspired a shiver down my spine. So true, and so eloquently worded. Thank you.

PattyFromTexas

Inspiring post, thanks

re: points 1, 2, and 3:

These echo my thoughts exactly. Very eloquently stated.

I cringe when I see the divisions erupt on here that have roots in collectivist thinking. The irony makes me nauseous.

"It's the foolish 'The Alex Jones Supporters' that are bringing us down!"

Oh. So anyone who ever posts an article from Infowars or supports one in a thread IS EXACTLY THE SAME as all the other fools who post articles from Infowars or supports one in a thread.

And they are a unified, destabilizing force that are destroying liberty.

Ok.

"YOU 'Rand Paul Supporters' are diluting the purity of the 'Ron Paul Movement' with your heresies and statism! YOU ALL might as well be communists! Meet us in the parking lot after school if you have the balls! Cowards!"

Wow. That is *really* clear thinking! I'm glad there are wise, level headed experts in libertarian theory and practice to guide us in recognizing the clear and imminent threat from the GROUP THAT IS UNDERMINING US.

C'mon people. One of the reasons I love this site is because the overall level of intelligence, open mindedness, and love of individualism, truth and liberty is among the best I've ever seen anywhere.

I get really disgusted and bummed out when I see the same collectivist thinking and mob psychology that is destroying our country reflected on this board.

So please people .. don't be stupid.

much more eloquent than I

Being in a constant state of defense sucks. Truly.

Every single time a tragedy happens since I've been here this community has looked for govt involvement involvement. I've been here forever.

The govt isn't that good.

This is going to be a defining moment in our movement. How many people can Rand walk away with?

I would like to bet the AJ supporters aren't on board. I am though.

I'm willing to bet I'm not alone.

The fracture in our movement will be caused by those that seek the dragon to slay.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Watchmen, eh?

"This city is afraid of me...I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I'll look down and whisper "No." They had a choice, all of them. They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father. Decent men who believed in a day's work for a day's pay. Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn't realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late. Don't tell me they didn't have a choice. Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody Hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers... and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say."
-Rorschach, Watchmen

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
-Frederic Bastiat
www.cerebralindustrialcomplex.com

I though this site was an extension of Alex Jones personal site

Blasphemy against infowars is not well tolerated here.

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Very inspiring

We need these posts from time to time to keep our heads unscrewed from our a$$e$ and get our eyes back on the ball. Thanks for the post.

yep, doesnt often happen,

yep, doesnt often happen, but when it does....enjoy the moment.....even if you're at each others throats the next day :)

C'est la vie.......for now

Yes, DP really does serve as the watchman on the wall ..

For Liberty! Thank you, Michael, for keeping the site up and ready for all of us.

(and I agree with your last statement as well, sometimes I am my own greatest opponent). As Pogo put it:

We have met the enemy and he is us!

www.igopogo.com/we_have_met.htm

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

"Watchman on the Wall" ... excellent way of putting it. :)

A thoughtful, well-written post.

Master stroke! ♫ All Along The Watchtower ♫


http://youtu.be/AdzV6rKbadY All Along The Watchtower Dave Mason 4 minutes.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Ahhhhh....Dave Mason

Now that takes me back to happier times.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

spot on

matey-------------------

LOve the R3volution

Thanks for Writing!

After a rather chaotic day at work, I thoroughly enjoyed your articulate and rational perspective. I hope that your post will induce the same serene state of mind in others as it did for me.

What a great post Jefferson

Hope all is going well and hey btw have you run into Willy again haha!

I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees...

Jefferson!

Call me bro!

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I'd call you but I lost your number!

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thanks for reminding me of that.

it brought back fond memories of all the people that I met at R4R.

Jefferson was clearly better suited to the task and that he stepped up to the plate speaks volumes as to his character.

and while I cannot say that I know or have met either of you. I can say that I am proud that.....
words fail me.
peace.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Excellent work Jefferson

Thank you very much for that.

Sitying at Boston Logan, waiting for a colleague to come in, read this on my phone.

Jefferson's picture

Thank

you Michael. That is a real compliment considering this is your site. I am humbled by the kind words of support I received both in this thread, and in my inbox.

I imagine the DP is many things to many different people. I wanted to express just one of the purposes I thought it served.

Thanks again to you and everyone who took the time to read and respond.

Superb bit of writing

+1 and thank you so much for sharing it!

Cool analogy

Watchmen on the wall is a lot like the "watchman on the tower" parable, in which because the watchman is higher up and is looking out, he can see the enemy approaching long before the ground troops can. He sees a danger coming that they can't, but they trust in the watchman's eyes and judgment enough to arm themselves and get ready for the upcoming battle.

Ron Paul is definitely a watchman on the tower, seeing the dangers coming long before others could.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

All Along the Watchtower

"One if by land, and two if by sea"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_North_Church#History

http://www.dailypaul.com/270001#comment-3051956

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

What a masterful piece of writing,

and well reasoned commentary. Standing ovation for you, Mr. Jefferson!
Your namesake would be proud!

In the past, we used to have more posts of this caliber on the DP than we seem to get these days. I commend you for your intellect and clarity, and thank you for taking the time to compose this fine piece of work.
It was a joy to read, and spot on.

Read it alland now i have

Read it all

and now i have found a kindred

my liberty soul of its own accord, is singing out to you my brother my sister, one of the best things ive read on DP, almost didnt go past the first few paragraphs, but then you explained your reason, and i thankyou, for it

you made my lady liberty smile, my brother, my sister

Silly edit

thankyou for invigorating her soul

for some reason i cant stand TED.

i feel they don't like ideas from outsiders.