"...Especially if they have some pragmatism...."
This is where I stopped reading...I understand your points, they are good ones, and appreciate the thought and effort required to express them, but many of us feel that embracing pragmatism and not standing stong on our principles, has, by incremental damage, chipped, chipped, chipped away at our nation. We believe that we live today in the land that pragmatism, as opposed to strict adherence to principles created.
You have touched upon the great rift in the freedom movement, and in society in general. Principles vs Pragmatism, a softball euphamism for embracing the lesser of two evils. And once you truly see and accept what pragmatism has wrought, you cannot unsee it and can no longer act in that manner. This standing strong on principles is the great strenght that I find so admirable in Ron Paul, and if he can do it for decades in that cesspool and not dirty his boots...well, so can I, in the realively safe environment of a family who supports me.
If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle
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