I have considered a theory that there must be a common spiritual thread to those who believe in liberty. In order to accept the concept of liberty, you must be comfortable with non-aggression and you must also be comfortable with others who may push their liberty to the limits. In order to be comfortable in a free society, you must be in fit spiritual condition.
Fear is a good motivator. Fear is the vehicle for which all loss of liberty is derived. Uncontrolled fear can cause someone to act aggressively. Or fear may cause someone or a group to remove some other group's liberty.
Ron Paul is fearless in the face of evil. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." It is as if Ron Paul is so confident that God is with him that he is fearless among the evil ones.
So to emulate Ron Paul, we must be fearless among the wolves.
As far as the American Buddhists- (*disclaimer, this is more of an opinion than fact based)It is my experience that the American Buddhists tend to be liberals. I think they mistake welfare for compassion. Some might even be closet communists. I also think they don't understand the bigger picture. If someone was to explain to them the extrapolated version of welfare, that it is democratic in nature and requires government force and control, then maybe voluntarism would sound more appealing. In my understanding of Buddhist principles, non-aggression and voluntarism would be the only means that wholly fit their precepts.
The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.
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