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Yup Here We Go, We Are In A Fight And It's Gonna Get Ug-ley Honeys

Here it comes. Forget the gays, the Christians, the war on Santa and the North Pole, forget duck people and their kazoos, we are already in a fight and it's gonna be about as brutal a one as has happened in movement history.

The Rand thing. It's a line in the Rand. I mean the sand. And some of us will not cross. And more lines are gonna get drawn and old friends are gonna become bitter over night. Wild accusations are gonna fly along with every ad-hominem. Just about everybody is gonna pick a side and no matter which one you are on...you are gonna get hit. The alternative is to just drop out and go off grid and live as though none of this exists and if you can, well heck I would.

Seen it happen before. Think the Ron/Gary/everybody else wars were bad? Anybody even remember we used to have Constutution Party and others hanging around? That was Pastor Baldwin running with that right? They kinda got wiped out as though by genocide. Well all of that, the whole thing was a cotillion compared to...

when Aaron Russo died.

Maybe that's why I'm callous to this situation. Because that war wrenched the heart from my body. Far from having unity and being the core of people bound by our committment to Aaron's vision and specific instructions, this massive power struggle broke out, everybody pulling different directions. Here we type. Back then it was for real screaming matches. And the very bros I expected to be working with and continuing the mission went stomping off like angry brats. Save for just a few. Like seriously one or two. And you think you have taken fire? Gary Franchi got roasted, burned, incinerated. Shadrack, Mesach and Obed-Nago all rolled into one as cast into the fiery furnace. He came out of it with an iron plated deadpan.

So why tell you this? Why visit this horrible spectre of the past upon you? Well for one thing, as it happened, among the orders Aaron left us was to support Ron Paul with everything we had in us and this pretty much allowed us to take all the enthusiasm forward and side-step the trauma. But for another thing, over the years, hey it's not like we'll ever get back the potential. Organizationally we were shattered. What Gary remade of RTR is completely distinct, totally new. But over the years some of these bitter rifts between bros have been filled in with handshakes. Can't change the past but we're at war no more. For the most part. There are those who will never speak again and forget it anyway. We got through it, we're stronger, we're better.

Oh and for another thing, as it worked out, nobody out there really knew about this internal bloodletting. We were still pretty much getting ignored back then. All the world knew...is that they got ABSOLUTELY BLINDSIDED, NOBODY BUT NOBODY IN THE ELECTORAL SCENE, THE MSM OR THE POWERS THAT BE SAW US COMING BEHIND RON PAUL. But that was a very large part of how we hit the ground burning rubber so fast we were lighting fires. We made it look like we'd done this before, like we'd been preparing our whole lives. We were organized locally across 50 states, we had a national infrastructure and we were networked together like nothing that had ever happened. And we were fresh off learning how to promote a major Hollywood film globally the grassroots way. Yeah, we knew how to run a show by that time and we had a pattern of everybody doing their own initiative and seeing which ones got support. The distrubuted aspect happened completely by accident not by design. The world didn't see, didn't care about our screw-ups and still doesn't. All they know is where we are now and that's called "shifting playing field". And the game is moving forward without them.

There's a game after electoral politics, in movement historical terms it's just the latest facebook and there's game outside of it happening right now. We happen to be an OFF GRID FACTORY. It's something we do almost better than anything else: we get people so disillusioned with the world they just turn off, unplug and are never seen or heard from again. But hey good thing. These people are pioneering what we're all gonna be doing next: SURVIVING. We took prepping into the mainstream (or certainly helped) and 2013 was the biggest gun sale year in USA history, ever. Think we had something to do with that?

Thing we helped how many people save their houses through the 08 bust? Seriously how many? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? And when John C. Stuart (currently incarcerated) came up with the "Quiet Title Defense?" Or how about getting people into gold and silver?

And how about this bitcoin thing? I now think that is going to be the definitive thing of our generation, not the internet. The intertubes are so like paleolithic now. I mean there is a possibility we could have OPEN SOURCE GLOBAL CURRENCY. OWNED BY NOBODY BUT EVERYBODY THAT OWNS SOME. Of course it might not work. Only like 80 gazillion things could go wrong with that. But hey we got a shot. All we ever had to begin with.

To lay down what you can expect of me poltically, it looks like the cards are playing such that some of us will move to the right of Rand and the entire partisan thing and there's gonna be nobody to the right of us. When you are all the way right there's no barrier between us and the radical left. So we'll be looking to coalition build and one objective is see if we can get an "antiwar movement" going again as well as push ETF into leftworld along with the whole raw food agena, whatever we can find in common really. Now what we lack is a masthead and I'm personally hoping Gary Johnson is gonna come back with LPUS. Maybe drag poor Mike Badnarick out. All I know is they have to pass the purity test, otherwise we're gonna truly be free agents.

Socioeconomically I'm utterly committed to South America (South is the new up!) in terms of what-to-do-next or what to do for a solution in our own lives. I can hardly contain myself, I have a lot of good news coming. And pretty much everything from now on, all economic activity is gonna include bitcoin. That'll throw some of you for a loop. Yeah I have been lampooning bitcion while being a holder/investor. Sometimes I really do write just for laughs and it goes into "Humor".

And I'm smiling this time but this ain't no joke. Some of you couldn't imagine life after Ron Paul as a candidate and none of us could have anticipated where we are now. But this thing is global now and increasingly we're not playing against the guys that make the rules. We're making our own. Stay tough, chin up, see you in the ring.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Smudge, you are a great writer

You have written great things here on the DP, but I have to agree with Mohusk, below:

I read the whole thing, and I have no idea what you just said.

I like the way you started off - "The line in the Rand." Good one. But after that, it gets so diffuse, that I don't even know where to begin a critique. Aaron Russo... Gary Franchi...Bitcoin... Gary Johnson ... Mike Badnarick. What are you getting at?

Put the pipe down, or the bottle, or whatever it was that happened to be greasing these words out of your system and give me a rewrite.

Like I said at New Year's: Raise the bar.

He's the man.

When I saw an recent article

referring to Rand Paul as a "crank", I knew the games had begun.

Not surprised and really don't care what they think.
There is an agenda and they are programmed to obey the script.

Kinda feel sorry for them.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Enough with the screaming matches

...let's get down to "brass tax".....


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Divisive, much?

Divisive, much?

I read that whole thing

And I have no idea what you just said.


"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

"see you in the ring"

I ain't heard no bell.

Win or lose, they are in for one helluva guaranteed fight.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

egapele's picture

Meet ya there

& it better be a pretty big ring.

People who supported Ron in 2008 and 2012 know every play in the book (including here on the DP).

Right there with ya' on the

Right there with ya' on the right of Rand sentiments, but my jury's still out on bitcoin. The gubmint probably hasn't shut it down yet because they're learning from it. I keep worrying that gubmint currency is coming, replacing all cash, probably modeled on bitcoin.

Black market digital currency has a shot at surviving, but it may not be bitcoin specifically.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein