Comment: I'm all set - but good luck

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I'm all set - but good luck

Politicians are a reflection of society. I think Ron Paul demonstrated that well. He was a good reflection of the values expressed here on the Daily Paul, but we were definitely in the minority. We understood him. He resonated with us. But the other 90% of the country couldn't hear his message.

In order to win, Rand is going to have to pander. Because society isn't ready. The elections are a dog & pony show, and he'll have to play that game. I can already see it. It is going to piss a lot of people off.

Like with his senate campaign, the diehard, true believers will be the springboard of the campaign - the energy used for liftoff. That is what this whole post is all about: To try to capture the "momentum." To get all the lost people whipped up in a frenzy. You know the ones I'm talking about. The selfless ones looking for direction, looking for meaning and purpose, and who manage to find it in a political campaign or a movement. The ones who quit their jobs to travel across the country, sleep on couches, and spread the "good word," at great personal cost to themselves. The ones who sell their meager possessions - up to and including their blood - to donate to money bombs "for the greater good." Meanwhile, political operatives behind the scenes rake in six figure salaries.

Once a certain altitude is achieved from the fuel provided by these true believers, and that fuel has been exhausted, that segment will be jettisoned by the campaign. There simply isn't enough money to be milked from those people, and there aren't enough of those types. But they will serve their purpose. And then the campaign will move up to the next stage of wealthier people, and the next, and the next.

These days it takes half a billion dollars to run a presidential campaign. By then it will be even more - maybe a round billion. You don't get that kind of money without tapping the bankers and defense contractors, and the hedge fund managers and let's face it, they expect a return on that money. Compromises are made, because they must be.

We saw what happened to the idealistic young candidate from the left who went to change Washington - Barrack Hussein Obama. And what happened? No change. The forces were to great, and the favors he owed to those who put him in power too heavy. For all his talk about financial reform, Tim Geithner got the post at Treasury. Ben Bernanke got his contract renewed.

This is a well written post. It whips those up who are susceptible into a orgiastic frenzy. The election just ended, but they can't wait to get started! To those I say good luck. You'll get a great education.

Someone asked me what is my solution. Again, politicians are a reflection of society. Change society and you change the leaders they will allow / tolerate. As far as that goes, I can't do anything but offer an example of integrity to those who I interact with. I can change myself. I can't change others. I don't suffer from delusions of grandeur, that one man can wave a magic wand and change the country. The country does not want to be changed. The vast majority of the country likes things just fine the way they are. Didn't yesterday's election prove that?

Start small. Start with yourself. You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

I'll root for Rand, the same way I root for the Patriots each Sunday. But I'm done with moneybombs, and donations to politicians. If someone wants to run the Daily Rand, then it is time for me to move on and make way for someone who is a true believer who can fulfill that role. Whoever that is will do a fine job, I'm sure. Be warned, it is a thankless, difficult, stressful task, and more work than you can ever imagine.

As for me, I'm going back to my farm to till the good earth. Or as Bob Dylan would put it, I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough!

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts