You mention your pessimism. I doubt you can hold a candle to me in that department. But here's the thing I've come to understand about pessimism - it's a defense mechanism. I use it to protect myself from disappointment, and in politics, it's been with me since I took the red pill some 35 years ago.
I pride myself on being a realist, which is why this libertarian remains short term pessimistic, but in 2008 and again this election cycle I experienced emotions I haven't felt in decades. There were several occasions where, thanks to Ron Paul and this growing movement, my pessimism wilted. Seeing videos of his receptions at colleges across the country always does it - literally brings tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat.
Long term? Who knows. I'm still not ready to put aside my pessimist crutch, but now there's now this other emotion lurking. I think it's called hope.
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson
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