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"Dr. Ronald ERNEST Paul" - Recently, Mayor Ny asked Why must I fully spell out his Entire Name, almost EVERY Time; Here's Why...

Champions are important.


The name Ernest is derived from Germanic word ernst "bold, vigorous, resolute"

Gender: male


Word/Name: Germanic
Meaning: serious

RELATED NAMES: Ernestine, Erna (female forms), Ernst


a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “vigor, intent.”

Origin of EARNEST: Middle English ernest, from Old English eornost; akin to Old High German ernust earnest

First Known Use: before 12th century

1. ear·nest | noun \ˈər-nəst\
Definition of EARNEST
1: a serious and intent mental state
b: a considerable or impressive degree or amount

2. ear·nest | adjective \ˈər-nəst\

:: serious and sincere : not lighthearted or playful
Full Definition of EARNEST

1: characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind
2: grave, important

— ear·nest·ly adverb
— ear·nest·ness noun

3. ear·nest | noun \ˈər-nəst\

Definition of EARNEST
1: something of value given by a buyer to a seller to bind a bargain
2: a token of what is to come : pledge



1 [ur-nist] | adjective

1. serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous: an earnest worker.
2. showing depth and sincerity of feeling: earnest words; an earnest entreaty.
3. seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention.
4. full seriousness, as of intention or purpose: to speak in earnest.

before 1000; Middle English erneste, Old English eornoste (adj.); Middle English ernest, Old English eornost (noun); cognate with Dutch, German ernest

Related forms
earnestly, adverb
earnestness, noun

Never get tired of saying, or repeating, nor emphasizing: "Hell, the Man's middle name literally means, 'sincere honesty!'" And indeed, he has undoubtedly lived up to it, everyday.

Even individualists need role-models, and what I'd like to distinguish as a champion, vs a 'hero.'

A hero is driven by a personal ambition, whose quest and action may inspire others to worship, or emulate. But at the heart of a 'Hero's Journey' is not about anyone else but him/herself.

A Champion is driven by a fight for a cause, a cause greater than him/herself, ON BEHALF of OTHERS. He/she too inspires others to emulate, and admire, but not worship. He/she understands their own destiny in larger context. He/she fights for a cause that he/she may not achieve within his/her own life time, but has clearly demonstrated a path for others to follow, explore, or lead and forge their own path derived from the success and failures as demonstrated by the champion.

A Champion is someone who is selfless, a fighter for those who can't and the spark that ignites for those who may.

Like square and rectangle relationship, how a square can be a rectangle, but a rectangle can never be a square, so too is the relationship between a Champion and a hero: a Champion CAN be a hero, but a hero can never be a champion.

A "hero" to me, may or may not be selfless. But he is brave, usually. And the reasons that he may do something maybe genuinely out of the goodness of his heart, or something entirely selfish (not that there's anything wrong with it). That said, the label, is one entirely placed by others, who imagine him to be a vision of what they choose to accept him to represent. It's an almost mild, 'benevolent' form of idolatry. No doubt, a hero is looked up to, but more so, in a celeb/rockstar vs. a fan dynamic.

A "champion," to me on the other hand, is someone who will do what is right, to press forth with, or, on behalf of, a cause that he sincerely believes in, and almost cannot help but to act on it, because it's the right thing to do. He will certainly inspire others. But he acts on it, as an example, not as a directive. Acts, as an emissary of..., to shake up the silent quiet fervor that may have always been with others, but until he stepped up, others weren't necessarily willing TO step up. But once he did, it cost nothing to the remnants to find him, join him, and/or forge their own similar but nevertheless equally inspired individual path of their own volition.

A Hero, is to be worshiped, even if benignly.

A Champion, inspires, even sometimes in spite of his 'shortcomings.'

Everyone's mileage may vary, but that's mine.

Thus: Ernst {original German (which the Doc's family is) etymology}, Ernest, Earnest, forever the man will be, in my book.

Nope: IMHO, while 'individualists' may not 'need' "heroes," but we do have "champions." And, without recognizing their legacy, that's become of one's own, where would the world's freedom trajectory be?

Without people being able to cite what the likes of Mises, Rothbard, Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul have done, and inspired, where would any of 'this thing,' be?

We are all here, because others came before us.

We are all here, because our ancestors survived a reality or realities much harsher, direr, tougher, and often more lethal than our current iPhone-era of comfort, despite all the very much real tyranny we do indeed currently face.

To me, at the end of the day, humans are tribal.

Call it genetic, or genetic memory, or even primal.

But we cannot ignore the innate default human survival instinct to want to seek comfort in familiarity and safety in numbers, as a species on earth who've evolved avoiding and fighting off predators of both feral animal and human-variety who 'represented' those who were/are different (whether real or perceived to be 'real') than 'us.'

Now, there's nothing wrong with recognizing a group of individuals who recognize (a) common trait(s), often referred to...even as a "collect-ive," as long as it's voluntary, like a group, a band, a guild, etc. As long as that said same group does not seek to deem itself better than others therefore are deserved special rights, aka "collect-IVISTS," while admonishing individuals for not doing x, y, z for the arbitrary unicorn "greater good," it's all good.

Too often, I've observed even withIN libertarian circles, people confusing AND conflating "collect-ive" as equal to being "collect-ivist."

Not so.

The former is merely a neutral identifier to describe a group made up of individuals who share common interests, traits, goals, etc. The latter is just a euphemism for a group-supremacist.

To further answer Mike Nystrom's original query: why do I truly fully spell out Doctor Ronald Ernest Paul, aside from the fact that his real name IS Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul?

Me fully spelling out "Ernest" in Dr. Paul's name, is my private celebration, of my private respect for the historical legacy, heritage, and lineage of those who've championed the cause of human freedoms on terra firma.

To celebrate a man who lives up to the very definition of the word "ernst/ernest/earnest," to me, is my own small private selfish celebration of the philosophical journey of the American Founding Fathers (whom, from my AnCap POV, though while not perfectly voluntaryists, if one were truly being historically discerning, one must ask: without their break-away self-determinate secessionist spark that affirmed and simply harnessed the right to claim self-ownership (historically contemporaneously, relatively speaking) at a time when monarchic tyrannies were the norm, where would we all be today??

To me, their philosophical journey continued, and is now embodied in the life's work and living of many who are alive with us today. One, notable of which, to me, is one Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul, the Remnants' Champion.

As such, I shall forever invoke his middle name, proudly. 'Cause, I'm 'selfish' like that.

An eternal optimist, who has no illusions that human freedoms will be achieved overnight. All sagacious men throughout history have shared one common trait: a long view.

We are here, because they were there. And Remnants picked up the pieces, in every epoch. And so, we continue the journey. I only wish I can be as patient, persistent, and consistent as Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul has been, one whose temperament one would bode well to aspire to.

So, here's to the Remnants' Champ, Ron, the Ernest:

Ron Paul full "In Depth" interview C-SPAN *Better quality* 8/3/14

Published on Aug 3, 2014
Ron Paul full "In Depth" interview C-SPAN 8/3/14

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No worries AnCap

A couple of years ago I did a search of all three of his names, compounded the themes and landed with an interesting combo:

Ronald \r(o)-na-ld\ as a boy's name is pronounced RAH-nald. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Ronald is "ruler's counselor". Mighty, powerful.

Gender: Masculine
Usage: English, French, Slovene
Pronounced: UR-nəst (English)
Derived from Germanic eornost meaning "serious". It was introduced to England by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century, though it did not become common until the following century. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a famous bearer of the name. It was also used by Oscar Wilde for a character in his comedy 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1895).

Paul \paul\ as a boy's name is pronounced pahl. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Paul is "small". Popular Roman and medieval name used commonly since the 18th century. Biblical: the apostle evangelist. Paul's letters to early Christians form the majority of the books of the New Testament. Also, Paul(s) "traveled across the dirt 'preaching Liberty'" couldn't you say?

Hmmm...is there a message there somewhere? ;P

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

how perfect! the Remnant's Champ lives up to ALL three!! ,o)

finally finished watching the entire 3hr interview/caller Q&A;
the last 30min of the interview is an absolute gem!

he so clearly laid out the lingering question... the same thing that always frustrated the hell out of me (and certainly, probably most of y'all lovelies here), forever: just think where humanity would be, were all the blood sweat tears/ingenuity were focused on peace and prosperity, instead of generational bondage into the war-technocracy!!

the they/them/those the 'Ruling Class' refer to themselves as a "Breakaway Civilization." perhaps they are, perhaps not. who can be 100% certain??

that said, what I am confident in concluding is that we'd literally ALL be the 'breakaway civilization' that we wouldn't need to call it that, WERE all that human brilliance released, even just a hundred yrs ago, without falling prey/succumbing to WWI-warpath machinations, we'd literally already be traveling the stars... in which, when someone were to say "homesteading," it wouldn't be some final left over frontier in Alaska, but in PX389-0dd01 in some moon colony in planets/planetoids orbiting Alpha Centauri!

glad that, that IS what his next book would be on: the fundamental questions of 'WHY perpetual wars, humanity?? huh? huh? huh?'

perhaps I missed it, but was it common knowledge that the Doc had family members fighting on both sides of the war, during WWII (or did he say WWI)??

think I just learned that for the first time.

talk about message hitting home: family split, one part fighting to 'kill' them, the other praying they won't. and Great Grandma Paul's simple words of wisdom: it's ALWAYS the govt that starts wars!

and, therein lies the philosophical groundings of the man.

can't believe he's almost 80, and still sharp as a syringe needle!

I should be so lucky, were I to be asked at 79 by someone 'what have you been up to?' and I can humbly, almost sheepishly say "been keepin' busy"... er yeah, he's like James Brown: the hardest working man in the philosophy 'business' (if you can call it that! lol)!!

Sheesh, let us count the ways: FEE foundation, RP Inst. for Peace and Prosperity, international speaking engagements, conferences, C4L, YAL, RP Curriculum/Classroom, RP Channel, RP Voices of Liberty (loved the logo: says VOLume!), new book on tackling 'WHY War??'... just to name a few?

"been keepin' busy," he says xD

Holy moly!

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

AND rides his bike 6 miles a day!

Don't leave that off the list!

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer


glad to see him healthy!!

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

That explains why Ron Paul reminds me of this scripture:

It is for freedom that Messiah has set us free! Therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

"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

We could probably play

"scripture-tag" a good bit as far as RP goes huh? Amos 3:7 comes to mind here...

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

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Hey, AnCapMercenary is

Hey, AnCapMercenary is Liberty Source your YouTube channel? I disconnected my cable back in 2008 so I really appreciate you posting this video :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

heya Sca! quite welcome. nah, s/he's got his/her own DP avatar

here; check it out: Liberty Source has been a DailyPaul member for 5 years 7 months 10 days. here's his/her post, on the video.

pardon Sca, but every time I see your name, my mind sees what it wants to see: "Ska!" and wants to light up a festive big band horn section!! If not the Count, a modern Aussie one would do ,o)


Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

The world needs more ska

All Ska is awesome. I came of age listening to third wave/Ska punk.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77


like reggae punk with horn sections ,o)

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

While I agree with what you've written in your post,

we know that already. Just my opinion but, I find the constant use of the Doctor's middle name a bit much and, forgive me, pretentious. It is hero worship and we've got to stop that and become the heroes ourselves, together.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

which would be why, the "champion" vs "hero" bit was fleshed out

...albeit from my POV; was kinda the whole point of the thread, Nonna: continuing the journey, while recognizing those who helped us get here.

but your mileage may vary.

I distinctly discern the two for a reason. and have for a long time, even before I've ever heard of Dr. Paul.

plus, there's someone else whose name I always fully spell out...'cause that too is his actual name: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. don't know: was that "pretentious"?? wait... let me ask him and/or his mother. xD

still, suppose I don't see the fuss over fully spelling out someone's name as "hero worship," and if you read the bit on 'hero' vs 'champion,' why this:

...become the heroes ourselves, together.

is wholly antithetical, from the position I've laid out so far in the thread, at least to me personally anyway.

so, no: I would never want to be a "hero."

An accidental "champion" to some, if they so choose to see it that way (an action which I have no control over)?

sure, why not.O)

but, I'm already my own private journeyman who requires no label. so the point is moot.

I do so distinguish the CONCEPT of 'respecting someone's legacy,' vs "worshiping." It's a very black and white distinction between the two, for me, anyway. I don't know how it's not for others. C'est la vie.

as I stated, your mileage may vary ,D

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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I always thought you did it out of respect and admiration, and I

never confused that with "hero worship" - don't know where that comes from, anyway. Somehow it got started and now gets repeated. It implies you're subjugating yourself to someone else and I don't see that at all. Please continue and now I do understand the meaning of the name, it sure fits.


fits, indeed ,o)

yup, it's always been my 'selfish private celebration' of that legacy.

Champions, for they are often the historical metric/markers of human tribe's reminder of its struggles ,o)

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul