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If Ron Paul Were a T-Bone Steak

Now there's a headline you've probably never seen here before... ;)

Along with my earlier belly laugh in response to the idea of deliberately voting for Obama (a thread which I was in the midst of commenting on when it suddenly went *poof*), I have to acknowledge that there was some merit to that post. (Stay with me, here.)

Lacking the ability to mind-read, I suspect the post was primarily an exercise in brainstorming as to how best harness the power that is arising this election season, not just in the Revolution camp, but with voters overall, and how to leverage results for future elections. That, in and of itself, is creative, outside-the-box thinking, and we would all do well to consider brainstorming, even when it leads to ineffectual solutions, because it forces us to look at things with fresh perspectives (see A Whack On the Side of the Head).

Yet, while there is merit in brainstorming, we must also exercise the ability to discern which solutions serve our needs, and which don't.

If I understood the premise correctly, it may be something like this -- let's pretend meat eaters = Republicans and seafood eaters = Democrats):

- You're at a steak and seafood restaurant with a group of meat-eaters.
- You get to order meals for the entire group.
- Each member of the group wants a really thick, juicy T-bone steak to eat.
- Hm, looks like T-bone is off the menu. Darn.
- The only other meat choice is Grade D meat. You really can't stomach that.
- So you glance over at the seafood selections. Hm, nothing there you or any of your group really wants. The options there are crappie and mackerel, both of which are mercury-laden.
- You heave a sigh. If you order the "Grade D meat", you're sending the message to the chef that this particular selection is A-OK with you and your fellow carnivores. Can't have that.
- By ordering either of the fish options, your group will be enraged and will let the restaurant know that, the next time they come, they ONLY want meat!

The hypothesis proposed in the now extinct thread was akin to this; that the next time the group goes to the restaurant, they will remember how much they despised the fish, and will therefore settle for nothing less than a high quality, grain-fed T-bone steak.

Another (and more likely) probability would be that when the group goes back to the restaurant, they will be so desperate for something that is not seafood, they would happily settle for a dry patty of cheap ground beef, after having to put up with the mercury-laden fish.

Being denied what you really want, receiving a terrible substitute in its place, and then later being offered and accepting something kind of like what you really wanted in the first place but certainly not of the same caliber, is likely to result in worse future offerings, not better.

The chef already knows that you settled for the mercury-laden fish when you really didn't want that in the first place; why should he go to the expense and bother of providing you with grain-fed top quality beef?

Ergo: the vote for Obama (or Hillary) (or McCain) sends the message that we are "happy enough" to settle for less.

And as long as we fail to demand a T-bone, that's just what we'll continue to get.

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that the restaurant owners are the elite NWO fascists. They will say that everybody else likes the choices on the menu. We need to start our own restaurant.

Under New Management

Or we simply buy out the restaurant (see below).

Steak, Seafood, or ?

I guess in the above scenario, I am either walking out of the restaurant or ordering pasta with a side salad.

How about, buy out the restaurant?

Admittedly, the scenario in the OP isn't a "perfect" analogy, but we do have other choices than Chicken Kiev or pasta with a side salad (after all, those still won't satisfy the beef-eaters!).

For instance, how about the meat-eating group bands together, raises enough capital, buys out the restaurant, and manages and operates it?

Then they can offer up that which they love most and run the business the way they believe it needs to be run. Other like-minded beef lovers would flock to the place, and it would be hugely successful.

That would be the Revolution: taking control of the Republican Restaurant.

Bon appetit!

Seems like this restaurant

Seems like this restaurant will go out of business on its own. The new owners (us) will sell only Prime T-Bone. I'm reeaal hungry now.

Depends on the market, doesn't it?

If enough people are convinced that prime beef is the best dining choice, then it will be a hit. If more people are convinced that seafood is better, then you're right -- it'll die a quick death.

In real life, this has actually been demonstrated, but in reverse. There are far fewer red-meat eaters today than there were, say, in the 50s or 60s, and even those who do eat meat today tend to choose beef less often than other options. This is hugely due to marketing and the proliferation of the idea that fish and chicken and other lean meats are better for one's health than red meat.

We are the marketing department for "prime beef" -- that is, it is up to us to awaken people to the Revolutionary ideas and why such thinking serves the best interests of people. We just need to "wake up" our clientèle!

Incidentally, my stomach is growling now, too...

Right on! If you are so easily willing to settle

for less than the best, then that is all you will ever get. But in this scenario, if you do eat the seafood, you may die of poisoning, knowing you should have held out for the T-Bone.


'...truth is loved in such a way that those who love some other thing want it to be the truth, and precisely because they do not wish to be deceived, are unwilling to be convinced that they are deceived." --- St. Augustine, Confessions (10:23), 5th c.

'...truth is loved in such a way that those who love some other thing want it to be the truth, and precisely because they do not wish to be deceived, are unwilling to be convinced that they are deceived." --- St. Augustine, Confessions (10:23), 5th c.

Love the Augustine tagline!

and the rest of the comment as well.

Libera me, let the truth break, what my fears make--Leslie Phillips

"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

How's the chicken kiev?

How's the chicken kiev?

If this thread was what you

If this thread was what you were in the process of posting on Treg's thread, than I rest my case. This is the sort of information that was lost perhaps forever on that thread. If the flaggers were indeed Ron Paul supporters and not anti Paul lurkers like I suspect, than they obviously didn't read past the title before they flagged it. I still want names.