What is our Political Platform?Submitted by Kevin Tuma on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 14:23
I've been reading the Forum posts about Glenn Beck and other conservatives. There's lots of fire; lots of hatred for the mainstream political view, Republicans, and conservatism.
It's hypocrisy, in my opinion, to 'call out' these media mainstream types when almost no one in this movement is willing to actually stand up and create a name brand for US. For what WE stand for. Whatever that is.
We have no Third Party, which means we have no written platform at all. Instead people still want to suck on the teats of the Republican Party in the hopes of 'changing it'. Then they'll complain about people like Glenn Beck in the next breath. He's a spy, a troll, a disinfo agent, a fake, a black sheep, a tool. A whore.
We apparently want ANYONE who becomes even a marginal celebrity to be ideologically pure...while simultaneously, our whole movement doesn't really even know what it stands for yet. We like Ron Paul and we don't like the Fed. That isn't a political movement, or any definition of one. So what are we?
Are we Libertarians? No. Only a small group of LP people here.
Constitution Party? No. Too much Christianity there.
Are we conservatives? No. All you have to do is read the posts I've been talking about to see that. Or just go post the words "Rush Limbaugh", and see how many people respond positively. That should give you an idea.
Are we constitutionalists? No. There is an outspoken contingent that doesn't believe in the Constitution. Read this: http://www.dailypaul.com/node/83129
How can you demand ideological purity from people when you have no firm foundation for your own belief system? What are we? Oh, um...we are 'patriots'. (We can't even say we are 'constitutional patriots', because we aren't that coalesced or congealed yet.) So what will the average person think we believe in? The Patriot Act? Hey, it's got the word 'patriot' in it.
I wish the people in this movement would decide what it stands for, and then do something about it. In that order. Not run and "do something" to promote Liberty in the precinct halls of a political party that thinks 'waterboarding is cool'. That's called 'wasting your time'---and when you exhort others to do the same thing, it's called 'wasting everyone's time'.
But I'm not a Republican. I've personally boycotted the party and I'll never go back. So that prejudices my worldview. I'm willing to work with conservatives however, and at least try to influence them. I'm willing to befriend Republicans. I have no problem with that at all. At the same time, I will never again vote Republican, unless it's on a ballot for Ron Paul.
In that sense only, I am different, I think, from most people here because I have staked out a solid position. It may or may not be the correct position, but it's a position.
I'm not being pompous. I think it's insane for us to denounce the mainstream, when we have not yet said what it is that separates our position from the mainstream.
What's our position? What's our platform?
I want to know what other people think on this, and how to create an ideological spine for our movement.
Oh, and please come weigh in on this thread: