I agree with your comments, and at the same time I understand where Granger is coming from. Five years ago I was drinking the punch. I followed Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and took what they said as gospel. The first time I heard of Ron Paul was at the famous debate where Rudy attacked Ron Paul and requested that he take back what he had said. At the time, Dr Paul made me angry, and I cheered when he was attacked. I was a hardcore Neo-con, and nothing could change my mind. Then I watched McCain during the debates and became angry at how he didn't articulate himself well, and how Obama walked all over him. Between this, and watching several documentaries on 9/11, I slowly woke up to the fraud of war, and my eyes were opened to Ron Paul. I was still loyal to the party though, and thought it was a waste to vote third party. Then I read something that changed me completely 2 years ago: "I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all." This was in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Francis Hopkinson in 1789. I realized that I cannot stay within a party, or vote for a man, if I had to surrender my principles. You see Michael, I realized that some people do not know better, and believe that they are right to change the party from within, but the truth is, they are lost in a maze that was built by these parties, and the only thing we can do is try and help them find their way out. George Washington once said "The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection." This is what the 2 parties have accomplished.
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