Why Do We Even Come Here? Why Do We Care?Submitted by Tman2000 on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 14:31
I left this comment in another thread and have made it into a topic at someone's suggestion:
Protestors 'change' things by being disruptive and obnoxious? Yeah right, they're just playing into the mind control and division. I'm all about being loud and out there. Disruption, however, is not a solution.
Why are we so bad at meeting with each other? Getting on the same page about intellectual argument. Organized book clubs. Correspondence committees. Gardening clubs. Health clubs. Credit unions.
We don't do this.
But piecemeal we run away to Chile (as attractive as that sounds). We whine about Hemp.
Why is this?
I'm not trying to complain here or accuse anyone. I just don't get why I'm not reading about this more on places like DP?
Are organizations infiltrated to the point where we can't even have them? Are laws and regulations that tough? Is everything a PM about aquaponics?
Why isn't DP an archipelago that links to an aquaponics blog with local clubs and POCs? Gardening? Health?
I'm not COMPLAINING! I'm just asking, neutrally, why?
I'm saying I feel like we should be.
I would, and step one is meeting with people. Going to a local library or rec center, or someone's house, or church, and having meetings. Big tent meetings.
Step two is doing stuff.
Step three is making web content about all that stuff so others can get the picture and copy it.
I would do this, but I'm stuck in the military right now - literally unable to meet politically, or even have time for a garden 'club'. I'm trying to see if there's light at the end of the tunnel here for me, but I don't get why I'm not seeing more of this from others who aren't in my situation.
I recently had an idea about a simple web forum to come up with a few amendments to the constitution that we could then EASILY write state legislators about. Mark Levin, however bad he is, is substantially raising the profile of the Article V convention.
I know a lot of people have concerns about this convention, but they don't seem to be very rational or actually understand the process. There doesn't seem to be much critical thinking, just repeating paranoid talking points. It's like the Democrats frankly. Even so, there didn't seem to be ANY support for this idea in the forum. Not even the basic plan of writing state legislators. This community even had a liberty amendment once.
Instead, Mark Levin pooped on Ron Paul once, so everyone just - blank out - when they hear his name. How petty are we?
It seems like this community has become about whining, pessimism, paranoia, and sometimes licking RP's butthole (hey, he's a great guy, but c'mon).
I don't even have a problem with the 'conspiracy' stuff. I'm there, I like reading it, it's important. But where is the substantive effort to do something besides complain.
I feel like I'm in a position where I can't do as much as I like, but I always try and push the limits and come up with ideas. But, I bring those ideas to this community and people sh*t on them.
I'm not going to do what some have done and say "I quit DP" or "The problem with the liberty community is..." No, whatever, that's all empty speculative bs.
What I am saying is that people need to really think about this.
I know there are many who are pissed at this kind of talk, because I guess they feel that they've done a lot or whatever. Hey I donated at least $1000 to RP last year. It's not a whole lot, but that's a lot of money I could have used. I sure appreciated all the Romney mailers I got as a result.
My point is that this is something we can't give up on, and we have to try anything and everything. Cynicism, paranoia, pettiness won't get us anywhere.
I'm not saying we suck so hard we need to just stop being who we are, or that even DP needs to change significantly.
What we need is a bit more substance, a bit more in terms of positive efforts - OR AT A MINIMUM AT LEAST A BIT MORE OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE EVEN IF WE DON'T EVER DO A DAMN THING.