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The ultimate DP suicide note

Not so long ago, practically just yesterday when everything we did was a cosmic life or death struggle, we used to see what we called "DP suicide notes" and they kinda assumed a common format:

Due to highly personal and ideological reasons I formally withdraw from this community and by the way you are all heretic monsters and you suck so goodbye.

The first component is the highly esoteric personal ideological reason which you might think is setting us up for hope but this is instantly dashed by the PERMANENCE of the withdrawal and finally....

you burn the bridge behind you. You suck. GOOD BYE.

Michael's recent announcement has some of those components. His story about the monk the tree and the rabbit? Was altogether blatant. He is the monk, this is the tree, the rabbit came and went. In other words HE'S STARVING. Know what? I don't want the DP to continue under these circumstances. If it takes just one of us being permanently miserable for this experience then that's just one too many.

Now just before we start the massively introspective blame game (kinda inevitable but for what it's worth) I been through this before. When Aaron Russo was alive I was a big cheese. I was a somebody in that organization and my last act was to turn it all over to Gary Franchi whom I supported as Aaron's successor but suddenly my formerly busy and important life was reduced to the role of NOTHING AND NOBODY OVERNIGHT. And it was like waking up from a dream. All the sudden, with some shock you remember who you are. And suddenly things are very quiet.

What's that noise? Dude, that's silence.

But that was WINNING. We had established AFTF and RTR as an ongoing thing, it wouldn't just pass with the man. We ESTABLISHED A LEGACY. And Gary Franchi as we all know has taken that ball and ran it into a whole new playing field. I'm immensely proud of Gary and I know Aaron is too from whatever heavenly plane he dwells on now. A man might be said to be wealthy for whom his mentors smile down upon his life with approval.

Know what I really think? When we started this R3VOLUTION! nobody knew what a libertarian is and nobody cared. Now the MSM is arguing what a libertarian is or isn't. We're a FACTOR now. We got a seat at the big boy's table! Wheeeeeee! We have re-awoken an interest in the Constitution. Even the commies are reading it just to figure out how to criticize us. And this is what we call a WIN. See we can't force freedom on anybody, all we can do it put it on the menu. Well now it's the special du jure. We went from wall flower to total hottie practically overnight.

So basically it's all of our fault for the DP not being all that popular anymore. We did our jobs too well.

We should have held something back ala Snowden Style. But wait, there's more, the best is yet to come! Well we kinda blew it all already. We made freedom free. We effing PAID FOR IT OK? With blood and sweat and tears and a whole shitpile of FRNs baby. Yeah we did. We rode the electoral process like a rented mule. Hi Ho Silver! Away! Heck we even had me playing the role of Tonto. You got it Kimosabe! Whole new meaning of "trigger whipping", you guys sent me all over this nation on airplanes. Lots of you did too. That was whopping fun.

Remember we used to wave hand painted signs on freeway overpasses? Yeah that was us. We created a presidential campaign out of the thin air and we didn't ask anybody's permission. This nation as never seen quite the likes of us. But this job is done. We got them to "google ron paul". We don't need to wave signs in the middle of traffic or otherwise make buffoons of ourselves. At least not in the same way. I'm always gonna be down for some buffoonery just for it's own sake.

Hey did you guys know that when the DP goes, so, theoretically does Smudge Pot? Shocking news is that in the REST of my life I'm not Smudge Pot. I didn't say REAL LIFE because this life is arguably as real as any other but Smudge Pot is a DP thing. Smudge Pot does not (at least presently) exist outside of the DP. Smudge is OUR THANG. Inside joke. As in ours.

So anyways, this feeling of nostalgia and basically loss, loss of relationship and the MEANING we attach to it is frankly mundane to the point of being just basically human. Just try to remember these 3 points:

1. We came here to do a job.

2. We did the job.

3. Now there's the rest of live.

"Libertarian" never was nor shall it ever be a RECIPE FOR LIFE, it's just like the non-medium you grow one on. Freedom isn't a guidebook, it's pages are blank. We're supposed to fill them in. At the end what you have is the story of your life and it won't be like anybody else's.

Well, we just finished a whole chapter. Paradoxically, if we aren't great names like Aaron Russo and Ron Paul, who's name we have PERMANENTLY ENSCONCED IN AMERICAN POLITICAL LIFE, if we are not INDIVIDUALLY recognized, we are COLLECTIVELY recognized. And we all feel the pride of having taken part in something way larger than ourselves as individuals.

So now you can point fingers and get all introspective and play the blame game lols. We all only have the rest of our lives to do it in. And this is the ultimate DP suicide note: the DP itself has announced it's intention to bail. This is a huge mutual bail-a-thon. If the DP is an entity it has the right to euthanize itself and die with dignity right?

Funny thing though, after AFTF, it basically seems like we just kept running into each other in every nook and cranny, in posts, on the streets, working nationally, locally, at the state and county and common level, just kept being like "oh hey you guys again? hey you guys!" so.....

we're not really losing anything and we're not losing each other. We lose being children and now we're adults. At least you guys are. At 48 years old I'm seriously beginning to wonder if I'll ever grow up.

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I sure hope not...

> At 48 years old I'm seriously beginning to wonder if I'll ever grow up.

...but, I'm sure you'll do the right thing.

I am wondering if it would help if Michael changed the name

to something like Nystrom.com like all the other sites seem to go by last names. I realize Nystrom is probably taken, but maybe if he had a more broad based name to the site it would help. I am not very computer savvy so forgive me if the name recognition this site already has would be hindered. Just a possibility I was thinking may appeal to a wider audience. One thing is for sure if we want dailypaul.com to survive we have to really tell ourselves that no one else is gonna do it. I think we all live under the assumption that there are so many good principled people on this site that we feel if we each don't contribute financially, that there is someone picking up the slack on our behalf. I know I have been guilty of this in the past. If you want freedom to work, we have to assume no one is doing anything about it, for it actually to get done. Seems crazy, but I believe it is true.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

I am the tree, standing by, laughing.

And I'm that bunny too kinda...

even Teddy Roosevelt disdained pandas

I am a worm, down below, oblivious.

I missed the whole damned thing, didn't I? I don't mind though, the story's just starting to pick up for me...

Michael Nystrom's picture

My learning at the Daily Paul has yet to cease

For as many suicide notes as I have seen here, a great learning has been presented to me by being on the other side of one. This is my favorite line from your post, Smudge:

Freedom isn't a guidebook, it's pages are blank. We're supposed to fill them in. At the end what you have is the story of your life and it won't be like anybody else's.

This is the 7th year of the Daily Paul's life. The proverbial 7 year itch, when things either go down the drain and down the tubes, or I get back to basics, and remember what the hell I started this for in the first place.

What was that? Is it possible to get back to that?


The key is in what you said. Freedom isn't a guidebook, it's pages are blank. We're supposed to fill them in.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Must be a towering task for a Taurus

Michael - question

If the DP hits its fundraising goals is it going to stay alive?

Michael Nystrom's picture

It will at least until the end of the year

I'm thinking about how I can change my relationship to the Daily Paul so that it can remain a resource without taking such a toll me.

Thank you Kevin.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Dust in the wind.

Dust in the wind.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Was talking to another of us that's pretty prominent

last night. We share a kind of bewilderment. He put it thus: "what do we do next? We've already done everything we can think of at least twice." I've never really not known what to do next, there's always been direction, a clear agenda.

Someone once said when you don't know what to do, try doing nothing.

Another thing is I've never been constantly active for this many years in a row. Historically I take years off now and then and just pursue my own interests. I know I have some pursuing to do on my wife, she thinks we're all bonkers.

How many times have you guys heard "I didn't marry the movement"?

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.



So you're leaving? And Michael is closing shop?

I wonder what Trevor Lyman thinks? Maybe I'll call Stephanie Burns and start it all over again: Ron Paul 2016. Why not? Rand can be VP, right?

Gary Franchi? Tom Woods? The PAC guys that raised nothing, but a name for themselves? lol... Don't ask them for money, DP.

I'm not dropping the ball. The ball is not in the media's court. The point of the game is to keep the ball in our court.

How is it that the DP is bailing? Aren't they having a fund raiser? Am I missing something? Is this the Onion, all of a sudden? Yeah, your "suicide note" was entertaining and well written, and even a little pre-prophetic with the "get all introspective" and finger pointy. Chortle and bravo!

Well, I'll continue to fight the good fight of freedom and liberty. We're ... er ... I'm just starting. Lay down your weapons, gentleman. Bail. Good for you. There is the rest of your life. But when you're 70, and looking back on your glory years, remember this and remember it well; We went on even when you quit the team. Quit. By all means... go live your ... life. I've been here from the beginning, and I'll be in the fight until the end. Our Constitutional Republic is no laughing matter. The media turned our Tea Party (Were you there with Dylan Avery when he threw the 911 commission report into the Boston Harbor?), into a Palin/Beck/Bachman joke? Win you say? We got the shit kicked out of us. But many of us got right back up. Joycamp, for instance. We Are Change, that my friend Luke Rudowski started, with chapters all over the world... even that narcissistic Alex Jones is continuing.

Go ahead and go, Jerry McGuire. I intend to continue to fight. You may say, "Oh you're just an angry man." Damn right I'm angry. I'm mad as fucking hell at what they're doing to our Republic.

Yeah, the suicide note thing is funny. People that were hurting about the change in politics here on the DP got pissed and left. I was one that said, "then go", because I thought they were wusses. And then I was kicked off for my opinion that the Boston Marathon bombing was a ruse. A fake. An inside job. And that actors were used that were previously injured in the Iraq war. A liberty website kicking people out for expressing their opinion? Really? Do you know the word for the definition of intolerance for another's opinion? It's bigotry. Look it up. Pointing fingers? I don't have enough fingers for that job.

I never had the chance to meet Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul, but if by chance someday I do, I'll look him straight in the eye and say, "I hope to be as successful as you are, Sir. I hope to look back at my life and say that I fought the good fight, and never dropped the sword. I hope that my children will be as proud of me as I am of you sir."

We quit now, gentlemen, and gentle ladies, we lose EVERYTHING.

When did common sense become a super power?

I hooked up with Michael when he first began this site....

that was the first time Ron decided to run for president. Although my years at this site says 4 years and 6 months, that was because I was banned for being too over zealous. Rightfully so. But I came back under another moniker and have been tempered since then. One thing I can say about Michael, that I swear is true, is that he was not just another slick looking for a buck. He was sincerely in it to see Ron win the presidency. That I know sure. I watch, and observe carefully. He was really putting in his all and I am grateful for his efforts. Come or go, I appreciate all that he has done. Sincerely.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey

It doesn't mean the movement stops

and it doesn't mean anybody has to deactivate. There's still piles and piles of other sites up and running, plenty of alternatives. I don't think it's just one reason but it's Michael's decision. The poor guy wants his life back. I don't think Mike ever meant to be the movement's webmaster, this thing at one point just took off and exploded in his lap.

As you mention it I do in fact intend to take a year or two off, concentrate on working with my wife, try and dwell in peace with the world.

It is still possible to dwell in peace with the world but I'm gonna have to ask some friends to remind me how. But this is cyclical for me. I've been active since 1986 and every now and then I take a year or two off to develop other interests.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Weight lifted off his shoulders

If he sells it to somebody else who wants to take responsibility.

I'm about a year behind SP

but I don't believe this has anything to do with being over,I can't give to the Daily Paul fundraiser until payday this Friday, it's how it is. Prior to 2008 I made big money, not anymore, barely making it. The economy is a huge part to this sites advertising and donation patterns.

The DailyPaul must survive, because even though we grow up, we also die and a new generation comes along. Every new generation needs a place like the DP. It must evolve but always be timeless like the Constitution.

We are a creative bunch and I'm sure we can figure out how to pay for this thing and make it worth the trouble for Michael to continue on.

to be continued...

Maybe Michael doesn't want to

Maybe Michael doesn't want to continue on.

You don`t think he`s going to do a Robin Williams do you?


It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

Who does or doesn't want

but who will

I would love to stay in

I would love to stay in contact with some of ya'll.

Go here.


I hope we all stay together.

Meet us there, and here too.

I am The Rebel Poet on all three. Stonewall is with us too, and many more.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

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

But the job's not done.

As Geoffrey Moore might say, we haven't crossed the chasm with the liberty banner.

Over at LRC, the smart guys site, they are trying to topple the rotten structures of government.

They can't do it without us, that's a fact. When the ground shifts as the grassroots seek the light of liberty...

We are here to assure people there is no need to be afraid, come on in. Let's talk about it.

I wonder if Michael is of two minds on this. He just opened the Ark.

But if MAN is not having fun, I agree that's bad mojo.

An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped.

With or without the Daily Paul: Full Court Press on 2.

Your eye is keen, your vision clear, thanks for helping me piece this together.

Peace Smudge Pot.

Free includes debt-free!

I don't understand.

What am I missing that I don't see the relation between the title and the music.

Maybe that'w why the jam sessions don't reach me, shrugs.

Free includes debt-free!

Majorly arcane, yes, my apologies

Thank you Daily Paul,
for putting up with my schnitzel,
as I go through this time of trial.

Major Arcana

Wow, John Robb, that song is

Wow, John Robb, that song is very fitting! So, what is the answer to the essence?! Is the card he speaks of The Sun? The Hanged Man? Hmmm...


...I wonder :D

Thanks for the comment. It helped me maintain my sanity while Michael was wrestling with his. Whatever it was he faced there in The Tower he seemed to overcome. I wanted to but couldn't say much yesterday in reply to you as MAN was yet in the throes of dealing with his demon, but I just read his latest post and am happy to report that today it seems he's made it out and away from the tower alive and somewhat freshly sane...

I was close on that one!

with "snitzel" the tumblers fell into place. Thanks, John.

Free includes debt-free!


Yet another great post by Smudge Pot.

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

Smudge Pot Suicide

You are what you is.

Could you please speak clearly?