The ultimate DP suicide noteSubmitted by Smudge Pot on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 14:29
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.