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We're Not Happy Because

We spend most of our time fielding the crap that comes out of the government.

Years ago we were on fire and unstoppable because we had a mission.

We were busy spreading Ron Paul's message.

We didn't have much time to sit around and compete over who could come up with the most evil deeds perpetrated by the government.

I have to admit that it's not fulfilling and I'm considering a "muckraking fast".

I don't like the way it influences my thinking and actions.

I used to spend most of my time focusing on solutions for my family's preparation for the inevitable turmoil to come.

I'm going to make a committed effort to change my focus back to solutions. That will make a difference.

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I don't see happiness as a feeling

I see joy as a feeling. I see contentment as a feeling. I see awe and wonder as feelings. I am with Aristotle on this. I see happiness as a path, the path of human flourishing, eudaimonia, or whatever you want to call it. Happiness means to me the pursuit of virtue, the cultivation of the garden of the soul, experiencing self-actualization, and so on. Happiness is the tapestry that connects the threads of joy, contentment, and wonder, as well as the moments of sadness, frustration, and contempt into pattern I can step back and appreciate.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

I'm Not Happy

Even a big government

Even a big government warmonger has moments of lucidity

Michael Nystrom's picture

BT - Saw this and thought of your post here

Great article. It really hits the nail squarely on the head.


A lot of angry people out there are trying to control you and even kill you.

I bet you can list at least a dozen people trying to control you right now.

I wrote an article on my email list the other day saying how I was paid up on my taxes for the first time ever but that it made me sick to my stomach. Blech!

Taxes and money are a very emotional issue for many people. Some people wrote me angry letters. In two cases I wrote back, “Please reread the article” and then they reread and apologized.

How come they apologized? Because they didn’t read it. They just projected their own anger onto my article and then onto me. That’s what most people do all of the time. They are sick but they puke on you.

They wanted to provoke a response from me. They wanted to control me.

I have two challenges: not letting people control me, and not trying to control anyone else. When I succeed at these two things, life is pretty good.

The first time I ever made a lot of money, it did not make me free. It cost me my freedom. Before I had money I had a lot of friends, I did what I wanted on weekends and at nights, I had fun.

After I had money I started thinking I needed to make more money. A LOT more money. I started buying things I couldn’t really afford. I felt people wouldn’t like me if I didn’t have these things.

I started lending money out to friends and family in the hopes of “helping” them. I thought people would like me if I “saved” them.

NOBODY will ever remember how you helped them. And you can’t save anyone. This was my first lesson.



He's the man.

Crappy People vs Happy

Crappy People vs Happy People

I was at this moment trying to remember a blog post I promised last night to send to cheer up a friend which I once sent to my son. I couldn't recall. Then, boom, there it is ... Your Happy reminding post. Thank you Michael and Barracuda.


How to Deal With Crappy People Altucher Confidential:

"And even the ones who are no good and not worthy of your time need a
system for you to use so YOU can be happier ..."

"Why did I do that? I wanted my haters to like me. I wanted them to
agree with me and love me. Its like putting a gun to your head and
saying, “unless you do what I say, I will kill myself”. You’re going
to end up firing that gun."

- S T O P !! - ;-)

"  Crappy people: People who will do you harm, no matter what you do,
for no reason at all. They never will get it. They will say and do
things to you and they will never ever understand how evil they are.

And you will hate them. HATE THEM. And they knock on the door of your
brain at three in the morning and they want to yell at you. And you
yell back. And they yell back. And on and on. All day. All afternoon.
The ongoing conversation with the shittiest people in the world. They
will torture you, kill you, rape your wife and slit the thoughts out
of your mind and not even care because they think they are doing the
right thing. You know who I’m talking about. Because you have a good
20 or 30 of these in your life just like I do. They might even be
former friends, relatives, neighbors, bureaucrats, whatever, whoever,
whenever. They swoop down on your life and are just plain crappy and
they won’t even know it.

Sometimes, in a weak moment, I think to myself: What if I run into
them again? How badly I will hurt and destroy them...


Similarly, I was talking to someone the other day who couldn’t stop
talking about someone who had wronged her fourteen years ago. Stop!
You are an idiot. And it’s boring already. It was your fault anyway!


that hit a nerve

Thank you! Some nerves need to be hit.

There's a lot of TRUTH is that article. TRUTH from experience, learning the hard way. Money does not buy freedom unless you are in jail, and then chances are the money put you there.

Persoanally, I find controlling myself works way better than attempting to control others. I think my favorite Ron Paul phrase is, "Do what you want".

Jimmy boy has some issues to

Jimmy boy has some issues to work out.

Excess money gives you options.
That's all.
It doesn't 'buy' anything like love, loyalty, friendship etc.

But it doesn't have to infringe on your freedom or your happiness unless you let it.

I guess it helps some people if they have lost everything material before they became rich or wealthy.

They might be better able to keep things in perspective.

First, Feel Good, then act

I avoid replying to negative comments, and if I do, I make sure that I first get myself grounded in a positive state of being. I find the right words come a lot easier and I'm not getting emotionally worked up where I can't think straight. Zero value comes out of those situations and at the cost of your stress going up. I have written multi-paragraph responses to some comments, and upon reading them back to myself a couple of times, I have found that I'm not communicating in a positive manner and just dump the whole thing and just ignore the comment I was replying to completely.

So, I completely agree with your stance and I encourage this for everyone.

I lot of people "win" when you "lose it" so make sure you have "a grip" on yourself before putting yourself out there in anyway. This goes for any life situation, not just commenting. I know you have been very kind and respectful with me and I always appreciate that.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Michael Nystrom's picture

One of the all time greatest posts on the Daily Paul...

... of all time.


Made me cry. Made me show it to Samantha - my wife. If there is something on the DP that I show Samantha, that is a great victory. (She knows all about the jam session thread, btw, of course).

Tomorrow I'm going to show it to Sam's sister, who could use a little inspiration.

Thank you BT!

And hey! Just to make sure, because I don't know if you've ever seen it, this is for you:


He's the man.

Thanks Nystrom. We may meet-up sooner than you think.

But it pisses me off to know you're up there with all this delicious food and I'm in Pittsburgh with some of the worst food in America.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Hey man, I'm in Taipei now - but the food here is good too.

If you like lobster, I'll take you to the Union Oyster House - The oldest restaurant in America!

Or we can stop by "More For Your Dollar" Market Basket a few blocks away from my house in Somerville, where for the past couple of summers, you get Maine lobster for $3.99 per lb - and they steam it for you right there in the store.

But if you're going to be in town, I'll spring for the Oyster House. Better atmosphere, lol.

He's the man.

You got me rockin'

You got me rockin' now


Why would anyone assume "we're not happy"

just because all of the news that we bring to light is miserable. I consider it sort of like a job, it's dirty work but you don't take it home with you and let it affect your personal life. I guess if you can no longer keep the two seperate maybe you need to bug out for a breather. The rest of us will pick up the slack !

Ron Swanson

jrd3820's picture

Muckracking Fast

Highly Recommended. Believe it or not, you can even still stop by here and avoid the negativity. There are all sorts of positive posts on the DP, they just get pushed down quick, but it's nice to stop by, read them which puts them in active forum topics and hope other people see them and read them also.
This is what I have learned from too much news; the government lies and spies on citizens, we are constantly almost starting a new war, there are natural disasters everywhere, we are in serious debt, congress will continue to put us in debt, my generation is f***ed, and the list goes on and on.....

Here is what I have learned from news fasting in the past; the stars are beautiful, my friends are amazing, my family is amazing, laughing until it hurts is amazing, making other people laugh and smile is the best feeling in the world, love feels good, people for the most part are good.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

jrd you are the best!

Has anyone told you that today?

I just did!


He's the man.

I don't spend much time looking for bad stuff.

That comes naturally.

I do spend a little bit of time looking for nice stuff though.

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

Three things I am focusing on:

Three things I am focusing on: the three most important constitutional protections we have.

1) The Ballot Box. By this I mean the right to "chuse" our representatives, etc. Voting has become a government controlled thing, which is why I don't vote anymore. I do want to be able to choose, so I must work on exposing voter fraud, election fraud (learn the difference) and learning how to make real change through the process of propositions, referendum and initiatives (Arizonans have all three tools available). Get rid of electronic voting machines in your state. Demand the right to observe every stage of the handling and counting of ballots, etc.

2) The Jury Box. We must restore the power to try the law as well as the facts of the case and return judges to their constitutional limitation of being only an unbiased referee and the Jurors as the final authority in the judicial system. We must spread the word about jury nullification to the common people. Many of our patriot brethren are coming up with brilliant, lawful remedies for government over-reach only to lose in a court that is a monkey court instead of a constitutional court.

3) The Cartridge Box. We must start open-carrying more and more to get the sheeple used to the idea of people protecting themselves instead of relying on police. Also we need to awaken the police that they only work for us to save us from the time it takes to pursue and bring in those who have violated us. We still retain the right to make arrests. We also retain the God-given right to keep and bear arms WITHOUT infringement. We also need to learn gunsmithing and ammunition making (reloading, at least). Last but not least, we need to learn to salvage lead (the last domestic lead manufacturer closed up shop due to too many government regulations, or so I read recently), and network with people who can make bullets and reload, etc.

All three of these constitutional protections are under attack by our government right now. We must start doing and teaching, and spend less time forwarding cute or titillating news articles that accomplish nothing. In other words, less preaching to the choir and more preaching to the sheeple.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

We are not happy because...

...scratch that - We do not FEEL happy (I'm actually very happy; I just have occasional feelings of unhappiness due to all the fraud and unconstitutional activities of our governments at all levels.) because we are "talking" and not DOING.

In the absence of a Ron Paul campaign, there is a natural gap or missing purpose on a site named after the great "Champion of the Constitution".

What we are left with is stating opinions about various things and posting articles, videos, etc. and wondering how people will respond. This leads to self-centeredness, which in turn leads to more strife. "Only by pride cometh contention." Proverbs 13:10

So I will get in line behind Barracuda Trader, Quilting Sando and Michael Nystrom by saying we need to get away from the DP a little more often and DO something with the knowledge we have gained. (But of course, come back often)

I started a Neighborhood Liberty Assembly for the purpose of presenting information that will wake up those who attend to their rights and government corruption and the many violations of those rights, and also the limitations of the constitutions (U.S. and State).

This satisfies my longing to work to restore our liberties (which will never occur without more of the People being awake and involved anyway) and gives me a break from some of the useless negativity on the DP.

In keeping my mind sharp by teaching others and answering their questions, I find when I do come on the DP, I have a greater appreciation for those who post and comment honorably on topics relative to our longing for a restoration of our liberties and constitutionally limited government. I find myself wasting less time with the nonsense.

So, in a nutshell, yes, let's all spend more time learning to garden (farm), make things, gather our own available resources and organizing our lives for protection and production. Along with that, we all need to practice our communication skills - not to get better and slamming someone, but to get better at recognizing where someone is in their thinking and logically presenting evidence and arguments that will bring them to a proper conclusion based on truth and facts, instead of ideology.

But that takes work. It just so happens that I love work, which is why I garden, gather resources and am trying to learn how to recycle stuff myself instead of giving those resources to my local government to recycle and make more off-budget money, for example.

Thanks BarracudaTrader for your insightful post. I have grown to appreciate your posts more and more.

And thanks, Michael, for continuing the DP in spite of the original purpose lacking the thing that motivated so many of us - seeing Ron Paul in the White House!

He has not stopped his efforts for liberty, neither should we. But there are new dangers we face: internal strife without the leader we all respected so much having the real possibility of becoming the next POTUS, for example.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Michael Nystrom's picture

You raise a valid and necessary point

And in such a way that you got upvotes, instead of downvotes, like Samuel_Washington, who basically said the same thing.

Sometimes I feel like the mindset of people here is: "Hey, here's a really negative news article - I think I'll post it on the Daily Paul!" It doesn't even have to be about the government, as the Knockout post shows.

Agreed - it is not fulfilling. Before we did have a mission: This website was born out of that mission. Back then I was excited about using the new tools of the internet to help spread "The Truth." Twitter, YouTube and Facebook were all new. They weren't around in 2004, when Dean was the hands down Internet political king (until he got dethroned by the same internet). Drupal, the technology this site is built on, was just starting to bloom.

In many ways the internet has been a disappointment. I guess the expectations were too high.

The positive side is that we realized that we're not alone. The disappointment of the campaign was that it devolved into "taking over the Republican Party," and getting spammed to death by C4L: "Send more money!" That's not what I signed up for.

The larger disappointment of the internet is that even though we can all talk to one another, is this the best we have to communicate? Has anything changed since Thoreau observed at Walden:

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end,… We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.

I think everyone here has gotten the communiqué. Our current government is evil and corrupt. Thoreau saw the same thing 150 years ago. He refused to pay his taxes in protest of war and slavery, and went to jail for it. A friend came to visit him and said, "What are you doing in there?" To which Thoreau replied, "What are you doing out there?"

The problems are the same. The solutions are the same as well. quiltingsando has the solution, in her comment below:

I know what you mean...but the only solutions I can think of is to buy local and support local farmers and small businesses.

To which I would add, and I'm sure QS knows and believes, is to live a moral life. That is the starting point. We can't hope to control and influence others if we can't control ourselves. And this echoes what you said as well: I'm going to make a committed effort to change my focus back to solutions. That will make a difference.

It will make a difference. Your ernest and positive efforts will make a difference to your life and your family, and if you share them with us, they will have a wider impact. There is really no telling how far the impact will go.

That is also the promise of the internet.

And more hopeful, positive posts will raise the vibration of the conversation and crowd out the negative crap. I do believe in those kinds of invisible energy dynamics. I've seen them in action.

Thank you BT.

You've already made a difference.


He's the man.

French Acadians have much to teach us!

Michael, BT, QS, and others drawn to this thread, I feel that same sense of needing to keep a positive, realistic, perspective; balanced with vigilant awareness when danger and harm may be avoided or diminished by apt efforts. Acadia, to me, was both a huge success and a dismal failure because they were strong in the former, yet weak in the latter.


The first libertarians on this continent settled in 1608 in the region that later became Nova Scotia and Northern Maine; with their unique approach to building a community that thrived respectfully among the local Mikmaq tribe; intermarrying, sharing language, faith, and trade, without the coercive manipulations of local or foreign governments. A shining example of the best applications of liberty consciousness was found in their new continental experiment.

However, the British could not resist their primal urge to raid, rather than trade with them, and the Acadians hadn't the means to resist them; so after over 100 years of relatively peaceful prosperity, they were driven away from their lands, with over half of them dying in their dispersal. Many went as far as Louisiana, becoming those Cajun folks we are more familiar with. I found this quote from that era, "My dear father [...] you can come here boldly with my dear mother and all the other Acadian families. They will always be better off than in France. There are neither duties nor taxes to pay and the more one works, the more one earns without doing harm to anyone."
—Jean-Baptiste Semer, 1766 History repeated itself there also, somewhat, for as we all know, Louisiana ain't that way no mo'!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

'bout time to go on a mental walk about.

Nothing inspires like new ideas. When I get bogged down I like to go explore something in any way I feel inclined.

Who you calling nothappy??

Who you calling nothappy?? O_o

Get Thee…

…one foot outside of the US. You have the resources and its time… Buying property seems to be the best way through the capital controls that are ever growing.

Have you seen this?


Check out what Simon Black has put together here…in SanDiego like weather…within two hours of (central to) Santiago, Valpariaso, Vin Del Mar and Andes Ski areas and out of the proximity of the Northern South American Narco-trafficing, or anti-gringo envy/coveting troubles…

Chile ain't a third world country and it is as Libertarian as you will ever find these days.

Wha? .....hey....who stole my country?

Since my days as a bankster I

Since my days as a bankster I have learned that to insulate yourself from the evil tools against the populace, you just mimic what the 'evil' people do.
One of those things is to get a second passport and buy property or a business in a Chile, Paraguay, UAE, a Caribbean Island etc.
Personally, I believe it's only a matter of time before the long arm of the U.S. penetrates all of these safe havens. It's already a red flag to the IRS and it's a nuisance to be tethered further with FACTA regulations, so I'm resolved to staying in the U.S. until I die.

So I put money in a privately held bank that has no FDIC, where deposits are guaranteed by the assets of the owners of the bank. Brown brothers Harriman Co. There will never be a bail in.
Their wealth management team never lost a penny during the financial crisis. And they are private share holders of the Federal Reserve.

Another very effective 'evil' bankster money haven is mutually held life insurance.
I bury cash in mutually owned (policy holders are the owners) life insurance policies. I can get a fixed amount (contractually guaranteed) of annual income.
There has never been a missed dividend payment in over 100 years. I can borrow against the value and if I choose to repay it I can add interest that goes directly to the cash value of my policy. Oh and when I borrow say, $100,000 from a $800,000 policy, I still get paid my annual dividend payment on the full amount, as if I never borrowed the money.
That's what the evil banksters use.
Mutually held insurance policies.
The money changes hands to beneficiaries, tax free, like any life insurance benefit.
If I decide to retire and want to take $100,000 a year from the policy as a 'loan', I pay no income tax on the money because it's a 'loan'. All perfectly legal.
If I want to insure the life of a relative, employee or business partner, I own the policy and it becomes a source of available funds for loans, income etc..


That would make me "Happy"

I know what you mean

but the only solutions I can think of is to buy local and support local farmers and small businesses.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."


I'm so excited because I've been asked to be part of the exploratory committee for a liberty candidate who I volunteered under for Ron Paul's campaign. It's a big responsibility and I spend hours on government web pages reading legal obligations and codes and forms and rules and as soon as the 501 is filed, I'll annouce it.. buyt it's really exciting to be part of an election campaign and dealing with the county, sec of state, federal political practices committee and thinking, this time next year, I can look back to this post and say.. MATT WON! LOL This is going to be hard work. but a lot of fun too.

It's that 'cosmic

It's that 'cosmic consciousness' thingy