Naomi Wolf reaches out to the Ron Paul RevolutionSubmitted by rayzer42 on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 22:04
This discussion is now continued here:
FOREWORD from Ray Powell:
Hello All. I am sure many of you know me. Just in case you don't, I currently own and operate Restore The Republic Radio. But more important to this discussion, you may remember the Revolution March last July 12th. I am the co-founder of Revolution Management Foundation which organized the march. As we were planning the march last summer, we thought it was important to make SURE the event was NON-PARTISAN. We looked for ways to reach across "party lines". Since we believe the entire left/right debate is a sham that continues to be pushed my the main stream media, the organizers and I all agreed that a very important part of what we need to do with this event, is to show that when it comes to the REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES that face us, we have more in common than we may sometimes realize.
To this end, we were very excited to invite, and ultimately confirm Naomi Wolf to speak at the march. She made a powerful and informative speech. I hope you all take the time to see it (Part 1 - Part 2). Since July, we have kept in touch with Naomi. She has expressed her interest in continuing to explore some of the similarities in the information that "The Revolution" wants to share with the world, and the information contained in her two most recent books (Give Me Liberty and The End of America). I share that interest.
The point of this post is to allow us to continue to cautiously feel out the differences in our opinions while we attempt to find what we have in common. Possibly the most striking of these apparent differences is that Naomi has come forward and publicly stated her support for Barack Obama for president. This has caused quite an uproar within "The Revolution". She thought that it would be a good idea to try to diplomatically address her reasoning for this decision so that we can continue to move forward and find what we have IN COMMON!
After long discussion with Naomi, and much thought, my personal opinion is that there is really no major debate we should have with her decision. It is only one small difference in the likely application of her presidential vote. And the best place to put your presidential vote this November is territory that is CLEARLY open for reasonable debate. There is already a TON of that going on amongst our community.
Essentially, we all believe that we need to end the duopoly that the Republicans and Democrats hold over us, and many of us believe that they are really the same party, and that they share an agenda of higher powers. Many of us also believe that all the major players in world government tend to share that same agenda. But I think we all have to acknowledge that there are many factions within this group of "world governors". The many different factions have many different ideas on HOW exactly to go about enslaving the people of the world. If we understand and agree on THAT, then we MUST agree that it is reasonable for us to have different ideas on exactly how to STOP them!
For instance, Naomi is VERY convinced that the particular agenda of Bush, Cheney, and their Neo-con friends, has proceeded much further down the road than some other agendas. She believes that we are on the precipice of world tyranny under the rule of this PARTICULAR faction, and that the best thing we can do with our vote is to ENSURE that this faction loses some of the power that have achieved in recent years.
While I am not quite as scared as she is, for a few really good reasons, I respect her opinion greatly and I think it is worth reading in more detail in her own words below. If it turns out that she is right, it would be a shame to say that we allowed her to stand alone, and be isolated and rejected by our Revolution. She would have been the only one who was SCARED ENOUGH! I, FOR ONE, STAND WITH HER. Even though I will vote differently in November.
Oh, one other note: Ron Paul seemed proud to share the fact that he had read her book when I interviewed him in July. Listen here- it's about 10 minutes in.
NAOMI WOLF'S OWN WORDS:
Dear Ron Paul Community:
I have been following the discussion on this site in response to my open letter to conservatives triggered by the deployment of the First Brigade. My letter was a call to a transpartisan movement of patriots devoted to restoring the Republic and the Constitution.
Some readers pose questions about my positions in my advocacy for liberty that I do feel it is useful for me to answer directly. I believe very strongly that restoring the Republic is an issue that goes beyond partisanship and one that can only be achieved by patriots working together for the good of the nation. I have also always made it a policy to be as accountable to readers and critics as I can possibly be, so here goes: I will summarize some of the questions that tend to come up from people who don't know me well that need answering so we can move ahead into constructive action.
*She doesn't acknowledge the Ron Paul community in her advocacy / presentation *
Anyone who comes to my events and reads my work knows that I honor the leadership of the Ron Paul community consistently. While I am not a Ron Paul voter, I always shine a light on the work of your community because I believe it is exemplary of the kind of citizen action and devotion to country that I call for in a time of crisis such as this one (actually it would be ideal always for citizens across party lines to show this kind of personal commitment ad creativity in problem-solving.)
I spoke at the Ron Paul rally in Washington; I included Ron Paul community leaders' guidance in my new book Give me Liberty; I always acknowledge the many Ron Paul supporters who are appearing at my events that are seeking to build a trans-partisan army of patriots; and when I co-founded the American Freedom Campaign and the My America Project, we sought and secured partnership with various Ron Paul allies in the bigger fight. Indeed Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich jointly introduced legislation to restore liberty that the AFC and the American Freedom Agenda both helped develop and as I have been introducing the film I have been calling on people to sign petitions to get Paul's and Kucinich's legislation passed.
*She is a Rhodes Scholar, Gore Advisor, Obama supporter, CFR member etc., -- ie don't trust her.*
I have to say this turn of internet speculation is extraordinarily distressing to me as a patriot since it has been 'seeded' relentlessly on various sites in such a way as to make people question whether they should trust me in taking action. Who knows the source of such things.
Well, here is the truth. I was indeed a Rhodes scholar. I studied at New College, Oxford for three years. The Rhodes Scholarship was indeed started by Cecil Rhodes to prop up British colonialism but during my entire time there and subsequently the scholarship functioned simply as funding for graduate school. I am not a member of the Council on Foreign Relations nor have ever been invited to be one. I did work informally on the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign talking about womens issues and formally on the 2000 campaign.
Contrary to RNC disinformation, I was working not on fashion advice but on womens and family issues such as minimum wage, flextime and social security. I did publicly come out in support of Barack Obama. Here is why: a McCain presidency will, I believe consolidate a police state. Obama in my view will simply stabilize things at this (given, unacceptable) level long enough to let us drive a trans-partisan citizens' movement to restore liberty and the rule of law, without which we will be just as badly off under Democrats as under Republicans.
I have said many times in public and in print that I am as afraid of a Democratic president with these powers as a Republican one; that Obama will not and cannot restore our rights without a grassroots movement forcing him to do so; that vested interests will compel either side to shred the Constitution; and that either party will be tempted to abuse power. I have indeed been educated by the Ron Paul community and others in the failings of both parties and in the corruption of being restricted to a two-party system. I have also championed Ron Paul's legislation to restore checks and balances in print.
I do hope we can move past the idea that we have to vote in lockstep or reach identical policy conclusions in order to listen to one another and learn from each other constructively, which is what I feel our Founders would wish us to do.
Finally, I would like to say that my meeting many Ron Paul supporters has been genuinely transformative for me -- I can't imagine a more dedicated and courageous group of Americans. So if any of you online still have doubts about my motivations or allegiances please come meet me in person -- my schedule is posted at www.myamericaproject.org -- and ask me whatever you want. I am accountable to you and I will answer whatever you wish to ask me. I am also delighted to answer your questions or be educated by you online if a Ron Paul forum would like to facilitate that. I also of course need your help in creating an army of patriots whose loyalty to nation transcends party affiliations and I am asking to build that relationship. My allegiance is to the Constitution and I know we have that in common.
Thank you for listening, Naomi Wolf