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The Spiritual r3VOLution, Part II

Last week I wrote about the common destiny that all of us here on earth share: No one gets out of here alive. Related to this is another strange phenomenon that we rarely ever discussed. Come back a hundred years from now and guess what? All new people. None of us will be around.

What will remain are the institutions and the society that we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren. Each moment of each day we make choices that will affect the kind of world that future generations will inhabit, not only in America, but all over the world.


On my way home from the RNC last week, I struck up a conversation with a fellow Republican (I was still a Republican at the time) in a bar at the Atlanta airport. He told me that he loved Ronald Reagan. He loved Reagan because back in the early 1980's, when this country was down and out and depressed, it was Reagan who restored confidence. The most important thing to this guy was that Reagan cut taxes. "He put money back into my pocket!" this guy said.

But wait, I said. Not so fast. "Where did that money come from that went back into your pocket?" I asked. Reagan may have cut taxes, but he didn't cut spending. As a result, our national debt exploded, and we're still in hock to this very day because of Reagan, and it is only getting worse. "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter," says Cheney as a convenient excuse for pushing the national debt up to 10 trillion. "So maybe Reagan cut taxes, put money back in your pocket, but at what cost?" I said. He did it, with help from the Fed, simply by shifting the burden from the past into the future. America is already suffering lower living standards, but it is really our children and grandchildren that will do the serious suffering. "Reagan only put money back into your pocket by picking the pockets of your children and grandchildren," I told the guy.

What he said in response floored me.

"Well, you know what? Too bad. We picked their pockets, and now it is up to them to find someone else's pocket to pick," he said. "And that's that."

At that moment, I realized that this was the fundamental difference between Ron Paul supporters and the rest of the Republicans. Ron Paul supporters want to do the right thing. We don't believe in picking anyone's pockets to get ahead (and certainly not our childrens'). And we don't want to leave that kind of legacy behind for our offspring when we are gone from this earth. McCain Republicans apparently don't care.


Last Sunday I spent the day with three of the most amazing patriots of the Ron Paul Revolution: Chris Rye, Michael Maresco and Corey Kealiher. Together, they're on a three week road trip, traveling around the country in a golden, 1984 vegetable-oil-powered Mercedes Benz, filming a documentary and interviewing members of the grassroots that made the Ron Paul presidential campaign the amazing, spontaneous explosion of creativity that it was. While the memories are still fresh, they are documenting the Revolution for all who were there, for all who weren't, and for all those who are still to come. They are intent on creating a clear record how this whole movement got started and what happened that made it so special.

We hung out here at global headquarters of the Daily Paul (my house) for a few hours, talking, filming, sharing and laughing, then we drove out to Larry Lepard's house for his perspective and his story on how the newspaper ads came about that he placed in USA Today and the NY Times. It was an amazing and fabulous day.


What I have always enjoyed about traveling is the instantaneous bond that forms between fellow travelers. Meet someone on a train in Europe or Asia and you're immediately sharing information from a common frame of reference. That is what it was like meeting Chris, Corey and Michael. No need for lengthy introductions or explanations. Just one look into their eyes and I recognized them immediately as brothers traveling the same path.

In time, you'll certainly be hearing more on their project, and I encourage you to lend your support however you can. These are quality people doing quality work, who will leave something magical behind for future generations who weren't here to experience it. They're following in Ron Paul's lead, taking personal responsibility to build the world that they want to see. And that is what this r3volution is all about.

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Like so many other people,

I have been longing for this movement to happen for most of my life.

We have Bush/Cheney, the shill media, and the sell out Democrats to thank for this movement. Without them, we would not be so outraged!

Their destructive, cavalier contempt toward what most of us hold so dear, was, I think, the straw that broke the back. It was coming, but not until these bunch took the stage.

I recall back in 2004, a teacher, who studied Rudolf Steiner, at my childrens' Waldorf school, said that back in the early 20th century, Steiner predicted that in the timing we are now living, a movement would take place of a phenomenal rise of 'the individual'. That this movement would be a 'wake up call' to all others, that it would be 'planetary', and that nothing could stop it from happening. Nobody would have predicted just how that was going to occur. It really is a surprise, just like Dr. Paul said himself.

It would seem that instead of people cowering from totalitarian/authoritarian rule like they used to earlier in the century, people today are not afraid to mention to those 'doing it', that 'it is wrong', that they do not have this right to do what they are doing, period.

By invoking our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, makes their actions 'illegal, self-serving, and morally wrong. It is based in principle, NOT the color of skin, or religion, or social class, or even personal preferences, but principle.

The former, divides, the latter brings together.

Liberty and freedom of choice are only possible until the masses understand that these principles are as immutable as nature itself. To mess around with these principles brings disastrous consequences as we have all seen.

'Spiritually, I believe that we truly are the ones we've been waiting for, each and every one of us who have come forward from the beginning and those who will come forward later, during this exciting time of 'true' change, not just something we can 'believe in', but something inevitable.

Thank you so much, Michael Nystrom, for your gifts and talents that created such a wonderful 'go to' site filled with refreshingly bright, intelligent people.

I look forward viewing the project you mentioned by these great people.

And don't forget

about the "Peace Dividend" everyone would enjoy by outspending the Russians! (Which by the way never materialized either - it only got worse).
.Where's the happy little tire swing?

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

great post.... I have a story, and yes, it has a point....

Thanks for the post!

Tonight, I was in my English class. We were debating J.D. Salinger and his works (in contrast with his controversial personal life).... Of course a lot of our discussion centered around "The Catcher in the Rye." Something that greatly disturbed me about the novel and Salinger's philosophy is that they hold the belief that there is a serious flaw in society as a result of capitalism that makes us 'phony.' People only seem to care about getting rich, and it breaks us into hierarchies- the haves and the have nots, etc. It sets up a class, and this system causes Holden Caufield's depression, locking him in the upper class, surrounded by phoniness....

My argument in the debate however was that, while that may be true, you have the choice to live that lifestyle where you work your way to the top. And the 'top' for you might not necessarily be to make money, buy things, and be famous in order to be happy. You might decide that you want a simpler, poorer life, and it's in your right to choose. The fact that Holden fails to pick himself up, and make a decision, makes me a little critical of him as a character (and of that whole philosophy).

Others, including the teacher, made the counter-argument that not everyone is able to pull themselves up by their boot straps and make those choices. I disagree.... everyone has (and should have) the same tools... the basic ability to work hard, etc. My father, for example, was barely literate and could hardly speak, worked on a farm, was terribly uneducated, and not exactly intellectual. Yet, despite not having the support of his extremely poor family (both the lack of emotional and financial support), and reality against him, my father decided he'd do whatever it took to get into school, where he could get an education and a degree. To this day, his English is still very weak (he's not foreign, just from an extremely poor/rural area). However, he worked hard through school (though barely made it), got his degree, worked several jobs to pay for it all himself, went on to different careers, slowly building, until now he's upper-middle class, with a job that allows him more freedom than ever.

My father proves that anyone can make their own destiny, no matter the conditions they come from. If one person can do (and there are many more), than anyone can.

This I think is a crucial part about the libertarian/conservative philosophy.

However, I went on to add in my debate argument, that for those that still struggled, we as citizens have an individual responsibility to help the less fortunate. Again, this may be highly idealistic, but I think it is another important part of our philosophy. We do agree to help others, just not through tyrannical, controlling, incompetent government.

At this, the class laughed hysterically, the teacher the loudest. "You can't be serious!" They cried.

I of course was shocked to hear this reaction.

We not only have a philosophical r3VOLution, and as you correctly say a spiritual one, we have a MORAL r3VOLution.

People often say how libertarianism is cruel, and that it doesn't care about others. That is completely false.

We must work towards a philosophical enlightenment, and return a sense of love and morality to this country. There is no reason we should deny ourselves an idealistic society any longer.

College English?

Since it was a night class...

In college, the students select themselves into the class. Their reaction is probably because of their own biases. If it had been an Econ class, you'd have gotten more support, I think.

But I'll bet they had no logical rebuttal and maybe you sewed some seeds.


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yes, it is a college English

yes, it is a college English class... I've actually had my English requirements fulfilled for some time now... but we have to have a certain amount of miscellaneous credits, and English is one of the few real subjects I actually enjoy.


Fortune Favors the Bold

I don't think Catcher in the Rye had anything to do with capitalism. If you read Salinger's other stuff, it illuminates the context more clearly. Salinger lived in a near constant existential/spiritual crisis. His work reflected that. It wasn't about economy, it was about individuals trying to find meaning and being overwhelmed by the dichotomy of the sublime and the trivial.

Fortune Favors the Bold

personally, I never thought

personally, I never thought that either, but that's what the teacher was saying.... I guess it could be just her opinion....

but the part about Salinger is actually sort of irrelevant... my point was focused more on the teacher's reaction and the lack of morality and love/care for others as individual.... we don't just have a philosophical/political revolution, it is as Michael has pointed out both a spiritual and moral one as well.

a slightly different perspective...

For the most part, I agree with what you said.

I do differ on one very important point. You said none of us will be around in one hundred years. I say, speak for yourself. I plan on being around and I'm fairly sure a lot of folks in their twenties and thirties will also be around.

The way I see it is explained by Ray Kurzweil in his book Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. Lots of smart people out there trying to cure the disease called "aging". Basically, if our technology keeps improving exponentially and we have no major catastrophes and we can improve some of our social institutions, we're looking at a wonderful future in one hundred years.

I fell that way and I'm in

I fell that way and I'm in my 40's but it's gotta go right or I'm checking out pf this hotel


That guy you were talking to is a certifiable turd.


My liberty-minded home base of thought:



Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

Well Said!

The rulers of

those same institutions will be descendants of those who rule it today. You cannot buy stock in the federal reserve bank but there are stockholders and that stock is handed down to family heirs.


I didn't know that

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But you can

But you can abolish the bank. The bank's rulers won't be of much use in that case.

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ditto! They might just self

ditto! They might just self implode along with Congress.... then a real revolution may just happen from the ashes of a fallen empire..... fine with me!
Probably be better off for the great grandchildren anyway.... a meager but
fresh start. Have you ever heard of the Jubilee Year in scripture.... sounded like God KNEW then that things needed to start FRESH every 50 years!
Great essay Michael... this was/is a movement with a HEART of gold
.... thanks for writing this.

thinking of our children's children

I'm Dine, or Navajo, and we have something like the idea of leaving a better place for future generations, and I'm distraught at how it seems that a lot of people are only concerned about their narrow place on earth. The rEVOLution is spiritual, in the sense that you describe, the idea that this political awakening will extend into the future. Also, I like the idea that many of us are in the same journey, in the same cause, and it is Ron Paul who started this journey. Now, it is my hope that these bonds we all share strengthens, especially in these dire times.

I never understood the fascination with Reagan.

We need to build political strength and political will.

We need to build political strength and political will.

Our common destiny....

I really enjoy meeting people of a similar mind and I'm truly sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you at the rally.
It's not easy taking responsibility but somebody has to do it. I'm starting to think the Chinese may have it right when it comes to punishment for higher officials. Maybe when they call in all the notes owed them, we can offer up the rich "fulks".
Too bad the primary is not happening right now as it seems the message is right. If only.....
Liberty is popular.

Thanks for telling us about it

I'm looking forward to seeing their finished work.


me 2 for sure

"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."

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