Comment: There is plenty of time between now and June 6th to make this

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There is plenty of time between now and June 6th to make this

There is plenty of time between now and June 6th to make this a reality.

Usually at this point in the ballgame, someone says, "Hey Micheal (yes, they usually spell my name wrong while they're at it), can you organize this!" And unfortunately, the answer is no, I can't. I've got too much on my plate already.

But I think it is a great idea. Our movement is filled with lots of them - great ideas, that is. Unfortunately, most of them only stay in the realm of ideas, and are gradually forgotten.

Plans that either come to naught / or half a page of scribble lines

Why? Ideas are practically free. They flit into the mind from who knows where. And this is a good one. Snowden should not be forgotten. You get 20+ upvotes on the Daily Paul. Not bad.

And then comes the hard part. How does one turn this idea into a reality.

Not just a day of celebration on the Daily Paul - that's easy. Throw up a thread and stick it at the top on June 6th. Super easy. And as a result, it would have limited meaning and impact.

Imagine something bigger. What would Nation wide day of celebration and support of Edward Snowden look like? This is what the internet was built for. You can realize your ideas on the internet, so this is good:

I think June 6th should be a day of recognition, the day the Guardian revealed the wrongdoings of the over-abusive NSA.

But here's the problem:

I think the members of the DP should all get together and organize a day of not protest.

Now you go from what you think, to what you want other people not only to think, but to do.

So I hate to break it to you, but not everyone is going to agree with you. And not everyone who does is going to help. There is no way in heck that we'll get everyone on here to do anything. Isn't that clear? We're all individualists.

So then what? At that point people revert to some variation on this behavior / attitude:

"Fuck it! You guys suck!"

But that is not how you change the world. Imagine if Ron Paul had done that.

Not everyone agreed with him or his positions. Obviously. Not everyone helped or wanted to help him. Obviously.

But once you get started, you inspire others. Don't focus on the negative - on the people who suck and won't help. You'll find people who want to help. There are huge resources at your disposal. You have the freaking internet! You can potentially reach anyone on the planet who's connected.

So, the question now becomes: Do I want to take this on? If not, can I find someone who wants to help? Can I find someone who is already doing this and help them?

If not any of these, am I content to let this slip to just being an idea that comes to naught? And that is okay, too.

He's the man.