Paco said it best. Not even Ron Paul could stop us if he wanted to. The fire he started has turned into a raging inferno that will not be quenched until it has consumed every last inch of this land. We've fought too hard, and for many of us, too long. The media doesn't know what to do with us. Nobody seems to understand that we're not just Ron Paul supporters, we're revolutionaries, patriots hell bent on the total defeat of our tyrannical opposition. So when Rand Paul does the unthinkable and vows to support a sworn enemy, we're rightly livid and voicing our willingness to drop even the Paul family if it means advancing our cause of liberty. But for all the emotion it stirs, for all the anger that boils over in the hearts of the committed, we must remember that in a political war such as ours, with the stakes as high as they are, emotions will fly all over the place. Every move, no matter how strategic and calculated, runs the risk of striking our hearts as a betrayal if it is anything but a full out "charge." Thus it is imperative to set emotion aside and look at the broader picture, dealing with what facts we possess.
Has the Bush doctrine taken over the Daily Paul? You are either with us or you are against us?
Rand Paul is now attempting to legalize hemp and OMG already people are saying we can't support a traitor.
Everyone here wants to be like Ron Paul. Let me ask this. Do we think Ron will not work with Rand anymore after this endorsement? If Rand attempts to for example stop the deployment of drones in the U.S. are we really going to stand against Rand on principle? You know, we will not support an endorser of Romney no matter what? Are there people really going to go there?
And if you say yes to that, consider this. Ron Paul worked with individuals like Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich to advance the cause of liberty. We are still going to need to work with those who will advance the cause of liberty. Ron always sticks to the issues. When is the last time you heard Ron say something like, "because of this comment you made, or the person you hang out with, I'm not going to support you in ending the wars"
Like most of you, the Rand Paul announcement caused a stir of emotions within me: anger, disbelief, confusion, etc. I was out of town this weekend and didn't get a chance to catchup on all the feedback from DPers, Hunter, Rockwell, Jones, etc.; and to be honest, I really didn't want to. I was in such dismay that I wanted to forget about everything and try to at least enjoy my weekend. Of course, I couldn't stop thinking about it, coming up with my own justifications that teetered from all sorts of possibilities of how this could happen.
Then I began asking myself, what has changed? Does this really even matter? The only people that really care about this is us! The MSM has no power, everyone I was with this weekend had no idea what happened, remember, they're asleep?!
Dr. Paul always compares the campaign to this track days, "I never worried about the finish line, I just ran as fast and as hard as I can." The race isn't over, it doesn't matter how far back we are, or how ahead we may actually be, we have no idea, but we can't worry about the finish line regardless of the bumps and bruises we hit on the way on the obstacles we face everyday. We have to run as fast and as hard as we can! The revolution won't be won over night, it happens day by day, convention by convention, and election by election.
On June 6th 2012, I lost a very personal friend.
A friend whom served as my inspiration, my keeper of sanity, my glass of truth, and my teacher in the school of living life.
A friend whom I have known from my childhood to today with the uncharged and unequaled intimacy that can only come from two old souls sharing their search for the finer points of existence.
A friend who took me from my barren insular world out unto the vast and splendorous universe that is with only sound of fluttering paper.
That friend, was Ray Bradbury.
While many in the Liberty Movement were engaged in a weekend of blame and counter blame, other Ron Paul stalwarts were still fighting in the trenches at district and state conventions. I have lots of video and documentary on the marathon events in Texas but before that, here is another shocker. This one from Arkansas. It shows clearly that the move to transform the GOP is organic and real and cannot be stopped, even from inside.
I really want to post about a huge lesson we learned in Texas. First, no matter what you have read, the numbers are not settled. Be patient and wait for our harried and devoted organizers to finish the evaluation.
Trust us, and know that we did well. That's all I'm confident enough to say.
Here's the point of my post. What success we had was largely achieved through building bridges and coalitions. Our congressional districts are large and it's very hard to bring a straight majority. We had two of our men who had connections to the local Republican Party structure and they found out that there is an old rivalry between the largest county and one of the smaller ones in our CD. Our coodinator capitalized on that by bargaining to give them one and we took two. That sounds like a pat arrangement but every round of voting included at least six candidates to go against. There was every opportunity for vote splitting and establishment domination. It made ALL difference. The final surprise is that yes, they're all establishment, but there are rivalries to play upon.
I donated my time and money knowing that RP would not be the eventual GOP nominee. This has always been about the message of liberty. This movement has to grow around all liberty candidates if we are going to restore the USA. As Ron Paul said "this is all going to end badly" and we have to be there united to pick up the pieces or we will get more tyranny. People like Rand, Johnson, and others may say some things you don't like, but at their core beliefs there is liberty and we need to support them. That being said I will never give up on the message of liberty. We are winning, we are restructuring the GOP, eventually we will have a libertarian President, but more importantly we will have a libertarian minded congress, senate and fellow Americans.
Like most of you, I had an emotional reaction to Rand Paul's endorsement of Romney, anger. I also had a physical reaction, nausea (I think I can still taste the vomit in my mouth).
My intellectual reaction, however, came from my memory of Ron Paul running for Congress as a Republican in 1996. I thought it was a mistake, a sellout. Most of the Liberty movement did as well. We were WRONG. Ron Paul has done more to further our movement in the last 5 years than anyone else has in any of our lifetimes.
We need to take the long view. We all know that an immediate and emotional reaction is more likely to be wrong than one that is tempered by reason, time, and honest analysis. The Patriot Act is a perfect example of a knee-jerk reaction that was wrong.
I have had the benefit of being involved in the Liberty movement for a long time (I'm old). Only in our dreams did we see a surge in the Liberty movement like we've seen since 2007.
This old DP beehive has taken its share of rocks, and has always re-grouped quickly to repair itself, and get right back to work.
This week, we got hit by a couple rocks and half a can of Raid. (Spare the half a can of "Rand" jokes please, lol)
Bees are everywhere - some half dead, some really pissed and looking for anything they can to sting the hell out of. Others still trying to make honey with broken wings and legs...
We're some pretty tough bees.
Calling all bees -
Back to the hive - The hole is fixed now.
Here we go, General session, last day. If anything's gonna happen it will be here in the next few hours:
Cowlitz County WA is sending a Ron Paul alternate to Tampa. The 3rd district is sending Ron Paul delegates and alternates. Last night was a Republican get-together with various candidates for office. Present were the establishment organizers (a few families) and a slew of Ron Paul supporters.
Jared Franklin was one of them. He's a small, slender, boyish looking young man less than 25 years old. He came on board the campaign a couple months back and became a delegate to state. He's the one assaulted there by a little old lady who supported Romney. Quite a gentleman, he took the punch in stride. Our alternate for Tampa credits him for helping get him elected. Jared is now an automatic PCO after filing unopposed. Last night he was engaged in conversation a long time with a judicial candidate. Young people like him are what this is all about. We're doing a good work.
Who: Arkansas Special District Convention delegates and alternates
When: Saturday, June 09
Results: confirmed Liberty Tampa delegates selected
CD-1: 0 delegates, 0 alternates
CD-2: 3 delegates, 2 alternates
CD-3: 0 delegates, 2 alternates
CD-4: 3 delegates, 0 alternates
Totals: 6 of 12 Liberty delegates, 4 of 12 Liberty alternates!
Been seeing a lot of chaos round these parts lately. Suppose that's to be expected. Many of us have spent a lot of time, energy, money, blood, sweat and tears to get here.
We chose this path.
We knew it wouldn't be easy. We've seen every roadblock imaginable thrown at our movement, in an effort to get us to back down, concede, give up. Most of these boulders thrown at us have come from the MSM, and that's been frustrating to deal with, as they wield magnitudes more power over the populace than we do. But we've overcome that. Many believe that there are forces at work within the campaign itself, that are, intentionally or not, sabotaging our mission to put Ron in the White House. That may be the case. There are definitely people out there who get off on creating accounts here and trolling, trying to divide us and demoralize us. We deal with it, civilly, as Dr. Paul would.
We may not win this one. We may win this one. This has not been determined yet.
We're sending a battalion down to Tampa, to defend Liberty. We've done all we can in this 2012 skirmish. We've donated, we've spread the word, knocked on doors, talked sensibly to people, put up signs, volunteered time, stuck our necks out in conversations that we'd normally just nod and agree, and dealt with the consequences...because we believe in the message Dr. Paul has re-introduced to us.
We shall continue to do so.