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Civil Disobedience

It appears to me, many of us think we know and understand what civil disobedience is, but truly do not know or understand how to conduct ourselves in such a manor. This is incredibly evident by the tone and nature of how this site has be riddled in flame wars, negativity, and nasty messages over the past weeks. Of course, some of it may stem from years of rage and frustration, but this is precisely why it is even more important than ever to conduct ourselves in a "civil" manor.

Mahatma Gandhi outline 9 rules to follow when practicing civil disobedience. Not all apply here on the forums, but I do believe some do:

* A civil resistor will harbor no anger
* A civil resistor will suffer the anger of the opponent
* In doing so, a civil resistor will put up with assaults from the opponent, never retaliate; but will not submit, out of fear of punishment or the like, to any order given in anger
* A civil resistor will never retaliate, including swearing and cursing
* A civil resistor will never insult his opponent

There are more and can be read at Wikipedia:


This movement has made great strides over the past year, but lately (and especially today) it seems to be fragmenting from inward squabbling. If we let ourselves be fooled and not stick to principles laid out by example with many before us and Dr. Paul today, then we shall only have ourselves to blame for dissolving.

United we stand - Divided we fall.

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I agree with what Dr. Paul

has done. He realizes how bad things are. He knows elections are fixed and there was no way he would make it to the white house. He has been all along educating us BY EXAMPLE. Before the SHTF our job is to continue educating others to the fact that the Dems and Repubs. offer lies and not change or security. By supporting all the third party candidates it will draw from the left and the right. I will make yard signs offering all the third party candidates as alternatives. There could be a great ad campaign developed around this. The point is to wake people up and lead them to the ideals Dr. Paul has put forth. He said himself that time was running out. We don't expect to WIN anything just enlighten before the fall. I have been enlightened and there is hope for others. My two cents. Peace Patriots

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

And why would civil resistance work in the US?

Contrary to popular belief, Ghandi's "revolt" wasn't as peaceful as we've been told, and even the fallout from the British withdrawing was particularly vicious, resulting in the India/Pakistan rift that exists to this day.

Not to mention that the timing was favorable to Ghandi's "civil resistance", being that the Brits have been on the wane and talking of withdrawing from the region for a decade prior.

In this country, the government isn't a foreign occupier, and they have the infrastructure, support, and logistics to suppress any "civil resistance" movements that may take off. Our circumstances are completely different to 1950s India, and throughout history, when the unarmed stand up to the armed, only one result typically occurs, and its certainly not favorable for the resistors.

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Very good post.

Sad that some still miss the big picture and flame even thoughtful posts.
Could we raise the level of maturity as well as civility? We have serious work to do and childish peevishness just doesn't cut it.

And what is the big picture?!

The LACK of a big picture is why many of us are so frustrated.

Civil disobedience? fine

Pitch forks and torches? fine

Run and hide to momma (just vote for a third party without Ron Paul on the ballot)? not fine...that is a step in the wrong direction

I have a news flash for you guys...today Ron Paul conceded victory to the GOP. Yesterday, we were David and Goliath...today, we are Davey and Goliath.

Oh! But there is no need for civil disobedience

We can just support a third party candidate and candy canes and skittles will fall from the sky!

Seriously funny

but so sad, so many believe it. I am VERY disappointd with today's "announcement."
We must STOP PRETENDING there is an election coming up.
TRUTH gang - we have to dispense truth. PCPs ought to hit the streets, and explain to the voters what happened to our elections.

We CANNOT fight them with our vote. We CAN fight them with our DEBT.
PAY NO BILLS IN NOVEMBER. THAT is civil disobedience, THAT will get the power elite to fear us. They DO NOT CARE who wins the election, they have the Federal Reserve, remember?


VOTE WITH YOUR FRNs! They DO count them!

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

You Guys are SO Smart.

In your own eyes.

Why do you bother to call yourselves Ron Paul supporters when you make fun of what he asks you to do?


Or we can use our prayers to Bibbity Bobbity Bop the bad things away.